Spend Talladega Nights in the Ricky Bobby Mansion

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You may not realize it, but you’ve actually done a video tour of the North Carolina Ricky Bobby Mansion, where they shot one of Will Ferrell’s funniest films.

Ricky Bobby Mansion

I proudly admit that one main reasons I’m running this piece on the Ricky Bobby mansion is to give you an excuse to watch one of the funniest clips ever the grace the big screen. I’m talking the famous Bless This Junk Food Baby Jesus scene in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Surprisingly enough, now you can dine where Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) dined, because the North Carolina mansion where that scene (and several others) was filmed is on the market for $4.2 million.

The custom-designed 9,802-square-foot home 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.

Ricky Bobby mansion
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.
Ricky Bobby mansion
Ricky Bobby mansion

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…the owners have held charity events there for up to 300 people.”

The property encompasses 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.

Ricky Bobby mansion
Ricky Bobby mansion
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.
Ricky Bobby mansion

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…

See more photos and get more info on the Ricky Bobby Mansion in my feature on Realtor.com.

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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