The 1991 comedy What About Bob starring Richard Dreyfuss as a psychiatrist whose vacation is interrupted by a patient named Bob (Bill Murray) was pretty funny.
But what most of us probably remember is his vacation house on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, right?
The movie was actually filmed at a house in Moneta, Virginia, on Smith Mountain Lake. Let’s take a look back at how it looked onscreen!
The “What About Bob?” House on Lake Winnipesaukee
Most of the 1991 comedy What About Bob? was shot in and around the town of Moneta in Virginia.
Smith Mountain Lake is a 40-mile man-made lake created by damming the Roanoake River.
The house had lots of cheery green paint on the exterior trim and shutters.
Julie Hagerty played Dr. Leo Marvin’s wife Fay and mom to Anna and Siggy, even though in real life she was only 10 years older than the actress playing her daughter (Kathryn Erbe).
Dr. Leo’s family falls in love with Bob.
They think he’s a lot of fun, even if he does leave a trail of chaos in his wake.
Leo, however, resists his charms.
Dreyfuss and Murray reportedly didn’t get along well on set, which may have made it easier to act out a few of the scenes…
The puppets on the mantel are mini versions of each family member.
When they’re having problems, Dr. Leo likes to use them to act out their issues, which the kids don’t really appreciate.
The screened porch run across the entire back of the house and is where the family eats all of their meals overlooking the lake.
In this scene, Bill Murray is wearing a “Don’t Hassle Me, I’m Local” t-shirt.
The Master Bedroom
Spoiler Alert! If you don’t want to know how the movie ends, turn away now…
At the end of the movie, Bob accidentally blows the house up.
Producers used a 3/4-sized model that they detonated on a nearby lot, so never fear, no lake houses were harmed during the filming of this movie.
It was on the market recently and the house now has black shutters and trim instead of green.
According to the listing, it was built in 1987 and has a little under 2,000 square feet.
There are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
For photos and information about 8254 Scruggs Road in Moneta, VA, check the listing.
It was on the market for $1.675 million but already sold.
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Wow — they are in serious need of an interior decorator there! I loved the screened porch, though. I want one.
I’d love to see what the new owners are doing with it! It would be such a fun house to decorate. 🙂
Beverly from Montreal says
It really would be wonderful if we could see what the new owners do to improve this property, Julia. The house is a gem, sitting so pretty in that lakeside setting. I remember watching the movie and picturing our family living there.
What the heck are you talking about Janelle? The decorating in the home is timeless and gorgeous!!
Ricki Jill Treleaven says
I love this movie, and the house in it! Thanks for this post, Julia! (PS I grew up on Smith Lake in ALabama, LOL) 😀
Donnell Allan says
All of our family loved that movie and my favorite character in it was the house! Thanks for the update, it was great fun.
Great post! I watched this movie in health class in 10th grade and loved it. I especially loved Bill Murray’s character. I didn’t realize Richard Dreyfuss was the guy in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” until I watched this movie a second time. It’s fun to see him play a different character.
I love the house and like how the tv set is pretty much the same as the real house. I actually love the way the house looks today and I wouldn’t change a thing.
I too would love to have a vacation home on a lake or ocean somewhere. It would be so peaceful.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
LOVE that movie. “There are two types of people in this world. Those who like Neil Diamond and those who don’t.” I love the built-ins in the living room, and the porch is stunning. 🙂 That movie always makes me laugh! Had no idea the home was in VA…wonder where Wirtz is?? 😉
Thanks Julia. This is one of my favorite movies, I always love to see the inside of movie houses. Glad to know that the house was actually used, it must have been a fun time for all….maybe not for Murray and Dreyfus?….
jeff fitzgerald says
The house is indeed located in Wirtz Virginia. I stumbled upon it in 2007 while cold-calling the local homeowners for home improvements. The owner was actually in the driveway with his son… nice man. He gave me the tour. I could “feel” the cast in the house. As unforgettable as the movie. Truly a rare memory! (It does sit on the edge of Smith Mountain Lake near Moneta)
Wow! I can’t believe you featured this house! We (my family) love this movie, as we’ve been vacationing at SML for years, and we actually have a house literally right down the street from the What About Bob house. The house has had a great deal of work done since the movie. Sadly (or not sadly, depending on how much you like the movie I suppose), the dock is no longer there. During the remodel they built a newer, bigger dock. Also, I believe the house’s address is in Moneta, VA. I could be wrong though. County borders are weird due to the lake being a relatively young man-made lake.
No kidding? How fun that you live near the house. I didn’t know about the dock–I didn’t see any photos of it in the listing. Thanks, Grant!
Oh, I loved that house, thanks for posting all those shots. I’d love a house on a lake more so than the beach (no hurricanes!) and that one would do nicely…
I loved the movie (It’s definitely one of my go to movies when I’m feeling blue because it is the perfect cure all. You just can’t help but crack up!) and as a NH native, transplanted to Atlanta, if I was ever fortunate enough to own a lake house, Lake Winnipesaukee (Winnie) would be a serious contender. One of my dearest friends still lives there and we dream about being neighbors…
It would be golden! (On Golden Pond was also partially filmed on Winnepesaukee.)
I love that movie, one of my favorite fun ones! Adored the screened porch as well!
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I love this movie but I love the house even more…I cried the first time I saw they movie and it blew up…Thank you for sharing this post…I enjoyed seeing what it looks like now.
That was a funny movie! The house is cute, but you are right it doesn’t seem that big.
Deb Kennedy says
Great post! I laughed when I realized that this house looks exactly like the one I just moved into on an island in Washington state – and my husband’s name is BOB! (and here I thought it just looked like the Walton’s House!)
Luciane at Homebunch.com says
Really interesting post, Julia! You’re the best on finding movie houses! 🙂
Did you have a good weekend? I hope you did… I was thinking to ask you about your puppy. How is it doing? Are you kids loving having a puppy?
Have a wonderful week!
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Maizie is doing great! She has gained much-needed weight and has learned to like being walked on a leash (something she’d never done before) and to at least tolerate being groomed. Ha. Thanks for asking! 🙂
I have always loved seeing this house in the movie!
Maaike Quinn @ Life with FlyLady says
I love the house at first sight and I do really like the exterior, but I hate the inside! What about that living room with that hideous rug and those red couches! Brr. I would like to live there though, I think I could transform it easily into a really nice place. Love the view by the way!
I loved this house from the moment I saw it! The double doors are wonderful…we still joke about Bill Murray’s mmmmmm throughout the meal! I go mmmm as I look through your post!
It looks like the kind of place that you can kick off your shoes and put up your feet . Very L.L. Beanish isn’t it? The bedrooms look like they came right out of the pages of their home furnishing catalog. I think we had the same tile in our kitchen in the 80s. A good reminder that colors are trendy and best be used as accents rather than installed as something permanent (and costly to replace) . I liked the green exterior trim better than the black. The quintessential New England Cape Cod colors, but then maybe I’m prejudiced because that is how my house is painted.
This is just an hour from me. I’ve spent a good amount of time on Smith Mountain Lake when I had a sailboat (tiny tiny one) and have friends with houses there. It would be fun to drive down and try to find this one. I remember when they filmed it and Bill Murray hung out in Roanoke (where I am) a bit. He had some funny stories to tell about getting lost out in the country. LOL
melissa*320 sycamore says
Okay Julia, I had no idea this is really at Smith Mountain Lake…45 minutes from me!! I’ll have to go snooping! One of my all-time favorite movies! DR. LEO. MARVIN!!! Love these pics!
Bella Michelle says
That is a beautiful place and was a great movie setting! I do love the old Wagoneer that was in the movie also!
Thanks Julia!! I LOVE this movie, and always laugh the whole way through!
And I’m with you, the screened in porch is my favorite part!
Ms. Pearl says
I love the house, but the red and yellow rooms? Not so much. Would love to see what the new owners have done.
So much fun to see. This was a favorite movie for my family. The girls were young, but, old enough to enjoy it. To this day, a bit into a good piece of chicken will have one of my adult daughters exclaiming “scrumptious, Fay”.
You are the best!
Such a beautiful house. Wouldn’t mind having breakfast there everyday on the screened porch and then go out with my boat which is moored at the dock. Sigh..
Love this movie and the house is A-mazing! Our family always throws dishes while belting out “Singing In the Rain”! Only kidding 😉
I’ve lived in Virginia my entire life and always heard about the amazing Smith Mountain Lake. I need to find a friend who owns a house there so I can visit. sigh.
I loved that movie! Such a classic comedy, and the vacation house is idyllic. I’m a fan of porches and the screened in back porch is perfect ! I too would eat every meal outside in this porch-all the benefits of dining outside without the annoying bugs! It’s cool to see the changes of the house from the movie to present day. I think I like the green trim better!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go buy one of those hilarious t-shirts. Thanks for the link Julia! Happy Monday!
I can’t believe this, but I have never seen this movie! I bet it’s hilarious, as Bill Murray usually is. I love that it has a walk out basement as well. Oh how I miss basements. 🙂
Thanks Julia for this post, every time I see this movie, my favourite character is the house, of course. Iwould like a house on the lake like this!!!
Allison Hall says
Thanks for posting this one I enjoyed it.
Not crazy about the inside but I love the charm of the exterior.
The back porch I agree is the best part of the house…
I hated to see that they painted the brick around the fireplace…Why do people do that ?
Loved that movie although I wouldn’t mind at all to have Bob as a visitor….
I must be a rarity because I hated the movie–it made me feel so uncomfortable watching Murray and Dreyfuss interact. And when the house blows up at the end, it cemented my dislike.
But I remember thinking what a beautiful house (pre-explosion). Thanks for sharing something lovely. It makes Monday just a little bit brighter!
Julia, how ever do you get all this information and the photos? I actually remember this movie but at the time I was not paying a whole lot of attention to houses. Now when I watch something I’m more likely to notice the decor than anything else!
Vicki @ In The Sandbox Comic Strip says
I love that house especially the porch! =)
I just discovered your lovely blog. I’m just new into blogging & have just finished off my own blog on fashion & interior design.
I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.
Loved this movie, thanks for posting, Julia. It’s still a cute house, the yellow walls and white trim look cheery, but agree the red sofas are a bit much. Also prefer the green trim, awesome screened porch. Now I’ll have to track this movie down and watch it again!
This is one of my favorite movie houses. It is still as cute and charming as it was in the movie.
Great post, great movie! Very interesting to see how the house has and hasn’t changed. Smith Mountain Lake is a beautiful place to live and film a movie!!
Shelley Harris says
Aww-you are very welcome, Julia! I love that house too! I just watched Life As We Knew It and have to look up the house on your site. haha..I’m addicted, I admit it, but don’t care about getting a cure. 🙂 Keep up the good work!!!!!! Let me know if you need a househunter 🙂
Where is the unseen bedroom that Anna slept in?
I’ve loved this article, also. My entire fam, extended fam included, can recite every line in the movie. We’ve seen it hundreds of times, and will probably watch it a hundred more times. Our family vacationed at Smith Mountain Lake the summer they filmed it, and stayed at the resort all the crew stayed at. You couldn’t get close to the house then, but the next summer we drove our boat over there. We saw the screened in porch, the bell, the dock, the outside shower, and the whole house. It was gorgeous. It was a rental for awhile, and I wish we could have stayed there. Thanks again for showing the pictures. Now I think I”ll watch it again!
omg it isn’t tat bad i like it
Siggy: “What’s left to worry about?” Bob: “Well, not diving anyway”. What a great film! Murray really captured the multi-phobic personality and though his transformation to “okay” enough to appear on “Good Morning America” and endear everyone BUT his therapist (actually NOT as uncommon as people think!), was rather fast, it’s the movies, so…hey.
Being a New Englander, and someone who hung out at Lake Winnipesaukee as a teen, I was annoyed to find they’d filmed it elsewhere (as with the Catskills in “Dirty Dancing”, filming it at Lake Lure in N. Carolina) and if you drive through the Weir’s Beach and Meredith, NH, you won’t see TOO many designer-decorated houses! They’re much more low-key and functional…and there are more trees near the water.
But that’s not what the film was about. The real message that someone totally missed above was how screwed up so many shrinks actually are! Someone as vain and concerned with appearances as Dr. Marvin might really have had a house like that. And sometimes, their clients are really the sane ones. Bill Murry (as always) was amazing, and I fell as much in love with “The Fam” as Bob did, no matter what kind of house they lived in.
Someone mentioned the hilarious “Mm-mm-MM!” eating scene. That’s how we got our 4-year-old son to FINALLY eat chicken while on a camping trip in Vermont (“Pretend you’re Bob Wiley!”). Actually, “What About Bob” provided other words of wisdom for us and our kid, such as, “I treat people like phones…and say ‘okay, this one’s broken. I’ll try again later.'”
Jon Wade says
We own a lake house just across from this cute place. You always hear people say ” come on up it is beautiful up here”, and people probably pay no mind. But let me assure you SML is heaven on earth. We watch the movie frequently with guests and always take a ride over to show them the house. It is so laid back here deep in the woods of Va. and we are all country folk. Like Bob said Yall is in our everyday vocabulary. Everyone is friendly as the lake has slowly grown commercially with extremely expensive homes,but you can turn the corner and be just as happy in a “trailer park” if you will. If you get a free weekend, YALL come on down and see us.
I remember that house being swooningly gorgeous when I first saw the movie… I was young, broke and house-hungry at the time. It doesn’t quite look as scrumptious as I remember, although the What Lies Beneath House is still fabulous to me.