In the 1998 romantic drama Hope Floats, Sandra Bullock plays Birdee Pruitt, a woman who learns on a national talk show that her best friend has been having an affair with her husband.
Stunned and humiliated by the news, she takes her young daughter Bernice and they move into Birdee’s childhood home. Readjusting to life under her mother’s roof in the small town of Smithville isn’t easy, but an old friend named Justin Matisse keeps things interesting, at least.
Much of Hope Floats was filmed on location at this house in the small town of Smithville, Texas. Take a look!
The House from “Hope Floats” in Texas
It’s known as the McCollum-Chapman-Trousdale House, a Neoclassical-style home built in 1908.
We didn’t get to see much of the exterior of the house in the movie,
so I tracked it down on Google Streetview.
Here’s how the house looked in the movie:
Gena Rowlands was perfectly cast as Birdee’s eccentric mother Ramona:
Bernice was played by Mae Whitman, who was 10 at the time.
Here she is on the front porch with some of her grandmother’s many stuffed animals:
Mae grew up to be a Braverman on the popular TV drama Parenthood (well, technically, she was a Holt):
Harry Connick, Jr. plays Justin Matisse, Birdee’s old boyfriend:
Hope Floats was the first film made under Sandra Bullock’s production company, Fortis Films.
Gena Rowlands played a woman whose husband had Alzheimer’s in Hope Floats.
Six years later she played an Alzheimer’s patient herself in The Notebook.
You can see my post about the houses from that movie here:
According to Zillow, the Hope Floats house has 4 bedrooms and about 3,500 square feet.
It looks like the movie was filmed inside the actual house instead of on a separate soundstage.
The movie was directed by Forrest Whitaker.
And it was written by Steven Rogers, who went on to do the screenplays for movies like Stepmom:
The kitchen in Hope Floats has a homey vintage look to it with avocado appliances:
Ramona feeds the kids on the screened porch outside her kitchen:
Most of the movie was filmed in Smithville, a small town outside of Austin.
The fence, lanterns and gate are no longer there. I’m guessing they added them for the movie.
The only time they show us the entire exterior is in this night shot:
Here’s how the Hope Floats house looks today (in the daylight!):
The house doesn’t have the gingerbread trim that was over the front porch in the movie, either.
If you’re a fan of hers, check out the Victorian Sandra Bullock bought in New Orleans:
She’s been in other movies with great houses, too.
Some of my faves that I’ve featured include the one in Chicago from While You Were Sleeping:
The stately Atlanta house from The Blind Side:
The unique glass house that was designed on the water for The Lake House:
The house in The Proposal, which wasn’t really in Alaska, or anywhere near mountains:
And the Victorian from Practical Magic, which was built on an island and dismantled after filming:
Whew, there’s a lot of them, and I’m probably forgetting one or two! Do you have a favorite Sandra Bullock movie house? Head to my Houses Onscreen page to see a list of all the movies I’ve featured in alphabetical order. 🙂