"Driving Miss Daisy" home on the market for $1.95 million | Arts & Culture
ATLANTA -- Twenty-three years ago, this month, Atlanta was the focus of the Academy Awards when "Driving Miss Daisy" won "Best Picture.
The film was written by Pulitzer prize winning Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry who grew up in the Druid Hills area.
The story deals with the relationship between an elderly Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur after World War II.
And as of today, the home from the movie, which forever linked Atlanta to Hollywood is, now, up for sale and it's going to the highest bidder.
To some, the home is as defining as Jessica Tandy & Morgan Freeman and as unforgettable as Alfred Uhry's words.
It's located at 922 Lullwater Road in the Druid Hills neighborhood.
Jeff Hullinger asked, the listing agent for Coldwell Banker Doris Robinson, "How did this home get selected for the movie?"
"When they were looking for a site, they looked at several homes on this street, they wanted this street."
Ms. Robinson is has been selling homes in Druid Hills since 1959. She is a legendary figure in Atlanta business still going strong a half century after selling her first property in the neighborhood.
Built in 1922, the house is a celebration of the era, arched doorways and a black and white marble floor.
So much of this house is recognizable from the movie, the kitchen where so much memorable dialogue was spoken and the small dining areas, where the characters would eat separate and alone.
The beautiful stairs and landing areas is all work of craftsmen from 90 years ago.
Jeff Hullinger said to Ms. Robinson, "whomever purchases this home has the purgative to do whatever they want but renovation would be a crime against Atlanta & the state."
Ms. Robinson replied quickly, "it would be! it would be."
The asking price is $1.95 million dollars.
After the movie first came out in 1989, there was a non stop conga line of cars driving by with people knocking on the front door and windows.
It's still on a bus tour route of famous Atlanta sites.