I’ve gotten a lot of requests to see the houses from the 1991 Julia Roberts movie Sleeping with the Enemy.
Some readers ask to see photos of the contemporary Cape Cod beach house, while others are more interested in the sweet post-Victorian house she hides out in when she flees to Iowa.
The beach house isn’t real, but the charming white Victorian cottage with the green shutters is, and it’s on the market for $219,000.
Julia Roberts’ House in “Sleeping With the Enemy”
It was supposed to be in Cedar Falls in the movie, but the house is actually located
on a tree-lined street in Abbeville, South Carolina.
It was built in 1905 and is bigger than it looks, with over 3,000 square feet.
Based on the listing photos, it looks as though the interior scenes were filmed elsewhere,
and these were sets designed on a separate soundstage.
The website SCIWay mentions that they built a separate bathroom set,
but no mention of the rest of the rooms.
Kim Basinger was originally cast in the role of Laura Burney.
When she changed her mind and dropped out, Julia Roberts took the part.
Kevin Anderson played her neighbor and new love interest Ben.
I like the scene where she messes up the hand towels in the bathroom, and it’s crazy how freaked out I get every time she sees someone has straightened them out again for her (cue the Psycho music).
Who knew bathroom towels could be so scary?
Remember when Julia Roberts caused a big kerfuffle by complaining to a Rolling Stone interviewer about how much she disliked filming in Abbeville?
The town collected money and bought an ad in Variety that read, “Pretty Woman? Pretty Low!”
The listing says:
As Southern as it gets. 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home located on picturesque tree lined street is looking for its new Southern Gent or Belle. The semi wrap around porch offers plenty of room for a swing or rocking chairs. This space is the perfect spot for telling the story of how Julia Roberts starred in this very house in the movie Sleeping with the Enemy.
Through the front door and into the large parlor you are immediately greeted by beautiful hardwood floors, high ceilings, crown moulding, and french doors. Right off of the parlor you will find the gathering room with fireplace and ample room for bringing your afternoon guests inside for an evening cocktail.
The dining room is the ideal spot to host brunch or dinner, create traditions,reminisce of the good ol’days, and make new memories. The bright white kitchen provides ample cabinet and counter space along with breakfast bar and room for a small dining table.
The back den and sunroom are both spacious and functional, providing cozy and warm living areas for endless possibilities of usage. At the end of the day retreat to your own private bedroom off of the oversized hallway.
Nestled on almost an half an acre lot the exterior boasts: city sidewalk leading to ribbon driveway, brick wall, concrete walk way leading to front door, deck for grilling, detached 2 car garage,and mature landscaping.
Which house from the movie would you rather live in, this sweet Victorian cottage or the
more contemporary beach house on Cape Cod I featured here:
For photos and information about the “Sleeping With the Enemy” house at 404 Magazine Street
in Abbeville, South Carolina, check the listing held by Patti Nickles for Prudential.
Visit my Houses Onscreen page to see more faves, including the SWTE beach house.