Will Ferrell fans will never forget the dinner scene in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," where the race car driver blesses a junk food feast before a big race. The memorable scene was shot in a real (and gorgeous!) North Carolina mansion. Now you can dine where Ricky Bobby dined, because the mansion is on the market for $4.2 million. Domino's Pizza and Powerade are optional.
The custom-designed 9,802-square-foot ho
me is located on the shores of Lake Norman in Cornelius. The town is right outside of Charlotte, and it's an area popular with NASCAR personalities and drivers, so it's no surprise it served as a backdrop for Ricky Bobby's life.
What is a surprise is that the dinner scene wasn't shot in the mansion's elegant formal dining room featuring custom woodwork, mirrors, and crystal chandelier. Instead, the set designers opted to put a dining table in the more casual great room, off the kitchen, in front of the stone fireplace.
And the scene where Ricky Bobby comes through the front door only to discover his best friend and partner, Cal Naughton Jr. (John C. Reilly), has taken his place, was filmed in the elegant living room featuring custom millwork, grand staircase, and wide-plank wood floors.
Listing agent Tracy Davis of Christie's International Real Estate was actually in the home when they were shooting, and isn't surprised that this particular mansion was chosen for the film.
"The owner of the house spent a lot of time thinking about how her family lives," says Davis.
"It's elegant, yet very family-oriented," Davis says, noting "the owners have held charity events there for up to 300 people."
The European-style mansion also has its own private beach in addition to a resort-style pool, a covered lanai with a fireplace, dining area and outdoor kitchen, a sport court, and a luxe spa, which Ricky Bobby refers to as a "hot tub." In the movie, Cal Naughton Jr. frolics out back wearing a Speedo.
With the Charlotte Motor Speedway located nearby, and uptown Charlotte, one of the country's biggest banking centers, only 30 minutes away, the home is ideal for gracious family living, Davis adds. Start your engines...
The property is generous, encompassing 1.3 waterfront acres, which is only part of its attraction. The mansion has five bedrooms, six full baths, and three half-baths. One of the bedrooms is a master suite with three closets, a balcony, and a fireplace.
There's also an open kitchen with both a peninsula and an island, and a spacious game room with a home theater, a stone fireplace, and an elaborate built-n bar.