A Piece of Cinema History: The Bull Durham House is For Sale

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Bull Durham is often called the greatest baseball movie of all time. But ask any woman what she remembers. It’s a good bet it’s the scene in the living room where Kevin Costner’s Crash tells Susan Sarandon’s Annie what he believes in. “Long slow kisses that last three days.”

Be still my heart. But why re-live the memory now? Because that house —Annie Savoy’s iconic North Carolinian Victorian — just hit the market for $1.15 million.

The good news is, the property retains its old-world charm.

Tasteful updates honor the home’s original character, including the expansive front porch and multi-faceted roofline. Even the clawfoot tub, made famous in the steamy bathroom scene, remains intact.

A plaque designates the house as a historic landmark.

In addition to being a beloved movie house, 911 N. Mangum Street also sports historic roots. It was originally built in 1880 by Judge James Manning, a prominent member of the Durham Community. (He later became the state’s Attorney General.) Brother John was the mayor; brother Isaac, Dean of the UNC medical school.

As a registered Durham Historic Landmark, homeowners receive a 50 percent reduction in annual property taxes.

Inside the bright red front door, there’s two light-filled living areas, a separate dining room, and a pair of offices. All feature the original wood-framed windows. Decorative elements include three fireplaces, ornate mantelpieces, and plaster ceiling medallions.

Original features include hardwood floors and wood-framed windows.

The updated kitchen has stainless appliances, glass-front cabinetry, a farmhouse sink, and walk-in pantry. There’s also a cozy breakfast nook. French doors lead out a large, screened-in back porch with skylights, two ceiling fans, wall sconces, and a diamond-patterned tile floor.

Annie and Crash wouldn’t recognize the totally renovated kitchen.
The screened-in back porch is perfect for entertaining.

The first of four bedrooms is also downstairs, along with a powder room and full bath (home to the illustrious antique tub). Upstairs, the master suite has yet another fireplace.

Hardwood trees shade the spacious landscaped backyard. There’s also a detached workshop/studio and a carport.

For fans of the movie, a myriad of filming locations are within walking distance. The Historic Durham Athletic Park is now an event space.

Durham Athletic Park and the Green Room pool hall both look very similar to how they appeared in the film.

Across the street, there’s the fire drill tower which appeared in many of the home-game scenes. Two miles away, the Green Room pool hall remains largely unchanged.

Do yourself a favor. If you haven’t seen Bull Durham, watch it on Amazon Prime, stat. You’ll not only thank us, but you may end up buying a piece of sports cinema history.

The four-bedroom, four-bath house sits on .719 acre. Listing price is $1.15 million.

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