You can't just make "If you're a bird, I'm a bird" happen — that is, unless you're Allie and Noah from The Notebook. Despite its mediocre ratings on , the story about a wealthy girl falling for a poor boy — and fighting all kinds of odds to stick together — earned a cult following in the 14 years since it debuted. From the kitschy one-liners and charming narrative to the glimpses of 1940s southern life and architecture, I was enthralled.
In fact, some of the most pivotal scenes in the film adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks classic feature gorgeous buildings — particularly the house Noah (Ryan Gosling) renovates for Allie (Rachel McAdams). Noah was basically a more romantic Chip Gaines, flipping a 1772 plantation home with his own bare hands for a love he wrote 365 letters for, one every day for a year. As sweet as the act itself is, the house is so stunning it almost steals the show. So, when I learned the house used for filming is currently being lived in, my reaction was something like this:
Located on 204 Martins Point Road in real life Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina, this gorgeous . As just one of 18 homes on , a 900-acre private waterfront community, Noah's house would cost approximately $12,000/month to rent today — according to an estimate experts at ForRent.com gave .
While I'd love to think Ryan Gosling actually did renovate the house for the movie, filmmakers chose to take the already beautiful Martins Point home and make it look dilapidated for the early "before" scenes. The more you know.
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