This home is not an equestrian estate but that didn’t keep Disney from using the piece of Lafayette real estate for the interior shots for the movie “Secretariat.” The home is listed for sale for $1,150,000.
Set in the early 1970s, Disney’s “Secretariat” is based on the true story of racehorse Secretariat who became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. He set records in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes that have yet to be broken. The film follows Penny Chenery, played by Diane Lane, who moves to Virginia to resurrect her father’s racing farm.
When Disney producers were scouting out filming locations for Secretariat, they contacted the Lafayette home‘s owners and asked for permission to use it.
According to listing agent Penny McGehee, after filming was finished, the “Secretariat” director and cast signed a wall in the home’s media room, thanking the family for the use of their house.
The home was originally built in 1949 by Dwight Andrus, a well-known builder in the Lafayette area. It was Andrus’ personal home for several years, and also spent some time as a church rectory before passing through a few more owners, said McGehee. In 2005, the home underwent a complete remodel.
“The current owners brought it back to its glory,” McGehee said. “They didn’t do anything to alter the property.”
The historic 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath home sits on 1.29 acres in the heart of Lafayette, LA. The stately home features 10-foot ceilings, crystal chandeliers, wrought-iron balconies and Carrera marble. Property details include gourmet dining room, study with built-in bookcases and downstairs bedroom suite as well as a screened breezeway connecting to a laundry and workout space, large media room and separate office and full bath.
The backyard has several old oak trees, including one on the historical registry.
On a related note, the home used in The Godfather is on the market for $2,675,000, taking a few price cuts along the way.