Beaufort home used in “The Big Chill” for sale

Tidalholm, the waterfront Beaufort mansion featured in the "The Big Chill" and "The Great Santini," has been sold. File

One of South Carolina’s most famous historic homes — a Beaufort mansion that has played a supporting role in two Hollywood films — has been sold, four years after it went on the market.

The waterfront property known as Tidalholm fetched $1.76 million, according to county land records. The deal, which closed last month, was first reported by the New York Post this week.

The seller was mortgage lender PennyMac, which took possession of the property last year. The buyer is a company affiliated with John Tashjian, a founder and principal at New York-based developer Centurion Real Estate Partners.

Tidalholm was built in 1853 as a summer getaway by St. Helena Island rice planter Edgar Fripp. The second story was added after the hurricane of 1893. The main house has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

The 7,381-square-feet property fronts the Beaufort River in the city's historic Old Point neighborhood, and it's best known for its supporting role in the hit 1983 baby-boomer classic “The Big Chill."

The home had a previous brush with Hollywood four years earlier as the Meechum family residence in "The Great Santini,” a film based on the novel of the same name by the late South Carolina author Pat Conroy.

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The  Victorian-Italianate structure went on the market with an asking price of $4.5 million in early 2013. That figure was cut to $2.9 million in 2015.

The purchaser of what some still call "The Big Chill House" has hired noted interior designer Steven Gambrel to oversee a renovation, according to news reports. 

"I am extremely excited and honored to be Tidalhom’s next owner," Tashjian told in a report published Thursday. "I am committed to restoring this storied, historic home to its original grandeur and to serve as its custodian so that it may be enjoyed by future generations."

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