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He said that the house is a promise. Kind of like a plan for the future.
Henry Mills to Emma Swan src

The Swan House is a Storybrooke location on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the second episode of the fifth season.

History

Before Third Curse
During Hook's time in Camelot to help his allies find Merlin, he begins planning a possible future with Emma once she is rid of her darkness. In Storybrooke's newspaper, he finds an ad for a house that he and Emma could move into together. Later, Henry shows the ad to Emma to give her inspiration to continue fighting for her family and friends. While Emma also wants a future with Hook, her fear of the unknown makes her unwilling to give up on the darkness. With Hook's assurance that the future is nothing to be afraid of, she lets go of her fears. However, when Hook ends up dying, Emma cannot see herself going on without him and makes him a Dark One, in order to save his life. This has negative effects, with Hook choosing the darkness over her, and enacting another curse. Before the curse takes effect, Emma erases his memories as well as everyone else's, in the hopes of finding a way to restore Hook to the man he used to be. ("Broken Heart")

After Third Curse

After everyone returns to Storybrooke, Emma assumes her place as the Dark One and moves into the house that Hook had picked out for the both of them, although he doesn't remember anything that happened in Camelot. Upon hearing Hook summon her, she promptly appears and whisks him to the front of her new home. Emma invites him in, which Hook is surprised at, though she playfully states that they can still be together even if she's the Dark One. He notices a barred door to the basement and begins walking towards it, but he is stopped by Emma, who hands him a glass of alcohol. Hook, however, has other plans and kisses her, attempting to bestow true love's kiss on her. When he pulls away, distraught over it not working, Emma realizes he has been talking to Belle. She insists it didn't work because she has accepted herself as she is, but Hook refuses to believe it, as he can still see the good in her, and asks what happened in Camelot. At first, Emma says she wishes she could tell him, before teasing him about how it'd be no fun to give him a straight answer. She tries to charm him into staying, but Hook leaves. That evening, Regina bursts in, demanding that Emma call off the fury that kidnapped Robin Hood. While Regina believes Emma's unpaid price of magic set the fury off, Emma reveals Regina is the one who didn't pay the price six weeks ago. With growing agitation, she challenges Regina to be the savior and do what needs to be done. By the end of her speech, Emma has forced Regina to back out to the door entrance and then magically slams the door in her face. After Regina saves the town, Emma observes the residents spending time at the diner, before returning home to sit at the table with her dagger. A manifestation of Rumplestiltskin reappears to guide Emma into the basement, where he tempts her with the idea of snuffing the last bit of light inside her, by pulling out Excalibur and uniting it with the dagger. On her attempt to take out the sword, Excalibur blasts her away, as Rumplestiltskin tells her to find a hero to pull it out. ("The Price", "Broken Heart")

Ignoring Rumplestiltskin's advice, Emma steals Happy's pick ax and uses it to unearth Excalibur, but instead, the ax ends up breaking. With no other way, Emma decides she must seek out a hero, namely Mr. Gold, because his heart is now a blank slate. Somehow, she discovers Belle is putting together a healing spell to wake Mr. Gold from his coma, but the last ingredient needed is something that touched him when he was still a man. After setting up a faux date with Hook, Emma tricks him into revealing a time when he threatened Mr. Gold, then just a cowardly man, with a sword. She steals the sword, and then kidnaps Mr. Gold to her home basement, where she crushes the weapon over him. As the sword's remnants scatter onto him, he awakens, fearfully realizing Emma is now the Dark One. To him, she reveals her plans of making him into the hero she needs to free Excalibur. ("Siege Perilous")

In the home basement, Emma gazes at a middlemist flower as she twirls it in her hand. Behind her, an imprisoned Mr. Gold tries to talk her out of giving into her darkness, as he knows what that once felt like. He tells her to consider letting him go, but she reasons that he is the only one who can get the sword for her. He has doubts about being the hero she wants, though she hints there is a secret weapon to help him become that hero. ("The Broken Kingdom")

After fetching Merida, Emma returns to the basement to free Mr. Gold, who continues to ask her to let him go. He warns that no matter her good intentions, she will always lose her loved ones in the end, like he did. Emma contemplates his words for a moment, before commanding Merida via her heart to bring Mr. Gold to the woods to make him a hero, as she herself leaves the house for a nearby shed. Later, Henry turns up on her doorstep, persuading her to join him on an Operation Cobra mission to rescue Violet's horse Nicodemus. While she is gone, Regina, Robin, Belle and Hook arrive, intending to break into the house. They are unable to enter because of a door enchantment, but when Belle guesses that Emma would probably let Henry in, Regina conjures Henry's scarf, using it to bypass the barrier. Wandering into the basement, the foursome find Excalibur in the stone, noting that the sword's markings are the same as the dagger. Hook moves to pull it out, but Regina stops him, warning about the sword possibly being booby trapped. Belle finds evidence Mr. Gold was previously in the basement, prompting Robin to suggest they search the rest of the house, but they scramble to leave after Regina gets a text from Henry about Emma returning home. On the way out, Hook opens a box containing a dreamcatcher, leading Regina to realize Emma used it to take their memories. ("Dreamcatcher")

When Mr. Gold escapes, Emma sends Merida to kill Belle so he will be forced into action. Instead, a captured Merida is brought back to the basement by Mr. Gold and Belle, where Emma is already waiting for them. Mr. Gold offers to try pulling out Excalibur if Emma returns Merida's heart and reveals the whereabouts of Merida's brothers. With the heart, Emma holds it as she approaches Merida, commenting that she was done using the heart anyway, before shoving it into the redhead's chest. When prompted about the fate of Merida's brothers, Emma impatiently states that they're fine and currently with their mother. As Mr. Gold goes to the sword, Belle asks what will happen if he fails to pull it out, with Emma callously remarking that Belle will have to clean up after his ashes. Before going ahead with the attempt, Mr. Gold tells Belle that if he could change things, he would be the man she deserves, to which she encourages him, saying that it's never too late. Mr. Gold succeeds in freeing Excalibur, and before taking his leave with Belle, he cautions Emma to not underestimate him now that he's a hero. ("The Bear and the Bow")

Using the last flame ember from mankind's original fire, Emma merges Excalibur and the Dark One's dagger into one weapon, as all the previous Dark Ones, including Rumplestiltskin and Nimue, are present for the ceremony. As the reforged weapon lingers in the air, Emma hesitates in grabbing it, recalling the warning Merlin gave her when she was a young girl about not taking Excalibur. With encouragement from Nimue, Emma eventually takes hold of the sword. ("Nimue")

Sometime during one day, Emma steals squid ink from a safe in Mr. Gold's pawnshop. She brings it to her house and then hides it behind a wall painting. After saving Hook twice to keep him from realizing he is a Dark One, Emma leads him into her house, where she allows him to look through a telescope at the sea, a scenery she knows he is fond of. She then reveals the house was his idea back in Camelot, and that everything she's done since then has been to sustain the future she wants with him. Hook lets down his guard, believing Emma will finally tell him the truth, and is drawn into a kiss by Emma. She breaks the kiss, admitting she cannot reveal everything to him until after it's finished, because if he knew what she had planned, he would try to stop her. When Hook passes out from the kiss's effects, Emma chains him in the basement. She leaves momentarily to collect Zelena from the hospital after she has given birth, and then imprisons the redhead in the basement with Hook. Once Hook is awake again, Emma reveals she plans to put all the darkness in Zelena and then kill her with Excalibur. This will extinguish the darkness in Emma, and unknown to Hook, himself as well, but Hook speaks out against Emma killing someone to secure their future, even if it's Zelena. After Emma leaves, Zelena convinces him to use his hook to take off her cuff, restoring her magic so she can free the both of them. The pair head to the main floor of the house, where Zelena leaves out the back door, while Hook stays to confront Emma. He finds squid ink hidden behind the wall painting, tossing it onto Emma, who becomes paralyzed by the ink, before he questions her on her motives. Zelena returns to provide the answer by stabbing him in the chest, proving he is immortal, and then lets him view his memories in the dreamcatcher, which shows Emma reviving him after his death by turning him into a Dark One. ("Birth")

Seeing Emma's lies as a betrayal, Hook steals her memories to make her forget about his plan to bring all the Dark Ones to Storybrooke. While Emma is engrossed by the aftereffects of her memories being taken, Zelena puts the cuff on her, making her unable to use magic. Soon after both Zelena and Hook are gone, Regina, David and Mary Margaret barge into the house to find Emma. She admits what she did in Camelot to Hook, with Regina and Mary Margaret expressing disapproval over her trying to fix the problem herself and the fact she didn't come to them for help. ("Broken Heart")

With her loved ones bound for the Underworld after they are given the mark of Charon by the Dark Ones, Emma decides she must sacrifice herself to save them. After getting Excalibur from Mr. Gold, she puts it in a closet at home and departs for the diner, where she leaves a farewell note to her family. When she returns home to get the sword, Hook demands it from her. He justifies that if she can't die since he owes her for helping him becoming the man he is. When Emma asserts that the Killian she knew didn't care about revenge, Hook states that he did, except that she briefly distracted him from it. She questions if it's worth it if he becomes the thing he had hated the most, to which he quips that if she hadn't wanted him to change, she should have let him die. She apologizes, stating she couldn't let another person she loved die, while he darkly asserts that now she can watch all of her family die. Emma then tries to kill him, but Hook tricks her into giving him the sword by reappearing as Henry in disguise. Following Hook's death, in which he sacrifices himself to destroy the darkness, Emma goes home, lying on her couch as she holds the ring Hook once gave her in Camelot. Suddenly, she hears the call of the dagger, prompting her to go to Mr. Gold at the pawnshop to find out what is going on. ("Swan Song")

As the heroes begin their search for Mr. Gold, who stole Storybrooke's magic, Emma suggests Regina should sit out from the mission because she's still grieving over Robin. Regina, offended that Emma believes she will revert to being the Evil Queen, disappears to look for Mr. Gold herself. Before going to join her family, Emma instructs Henry to stay at her house, where it's safe., but instead, the boy goes to the pawnshop to formulate a plan to destroy magic for good. ("Only You")

At her house, Emma is the midst of making out with Hook when they both notice the table shaking. The two head outside to see what is going on, and spot a dirigible flying overhead. ("The Savior")

One morning at her house, Emma is surprised when her father makes her an abundance of pancakes and asks him what's wrong. David admits he's worried about not seeing her as often now that she and Hook are living together, but she insists this changes nothing with her family. Snow prepares to leave for her first day back at her teaching job, but on her way out with Henry, Regina and Jekyll arrive with bad news about Hyde. At David's urging, Snow and Henry continue on to school, while he and Emma deal with the situation. After revealing Hyde escaped his cell, Jekyll recalls finding a necklace in his inn room that belonged to a woman he cared for, and his belief that Hyde purposely left it to taunt him. ("Strange Case")

On another day, Hook goes to the shed near Emma's house, where he hides the shears in a toolbox. After Emma leaves home to look for Aladdin, Henry tries to assure Hook that he doesn't have to keep him company, but Hook asks him to show him how a webcam works. Hook notices Henry's breakfast and dumps it out, much to the boy's dismay, before deciding he'll cook him a better meal. As Henry is putting out the trash, the Queen plays on his growing resentment towards Hook by helping him find the shears in the shed, as proof Hook doesn't have Emma's best interests at heart. Henry leaves for the harbor to dispose of them, and Hook later goes to stop him, upon realizing what happened when he finds both the boy and the shears missing. ("Dark Waters")

Following Emma's defeat of Gideon, she and her family return to her house, where they have a toast to celebrate the victory. Later, David goes outside to sit on the porch steps and look at a video still of Snow. He hears a noise and gets up to investigate, but upon turning around, he sees his deceased father Robert covered in blood. When David passes out, Hook comes out of the house and shakes him awake. He urges him to wake Snow and get some rest, but David snaps at him, stating he doesn't need advice from a pirate. Once Hook backs off and goes back into the house, David spots Robert's coin on the ground and picks it up. After getting David's blessing to propose to Emma, Hook walks home. Outside the house, August rides up on his motorcycle to deliver some missing storybook pages to Hook and asks him to give them to David. Hook looks through them, and in one page in particular, he sees a drawing of Robert, whom he is shocked to recognize as a man he killed long ago. He quickly hides the pages in his back pocket when Emma pops out of the house to welcome him home. Once the blonde has gone back in to make a snack, Hook pulls out the ring box, opening it to reveal the ring meant for Emma, before a conflicted look falls over his face as he snaps it shut. ("Murder Most Foul")

Sometime after this, Hook hides the ring in his sea chest somewhere in the house. While he is away from home, Emma finds the ring and realizes he is going to propose to her. She comes down the stairs to greet him with a kiss when he returns and notices he has been drinking rum. Hook admits he needed it to give him courage for what he's about to tell her, to which Emma excitedly proclaims her answer is yes before revealing how she found the ring. Knowing that he meant it to be a surprise for her, Emma returns the ring to him so he can propose to her as he originally intended. Hook obliges by kneeling and asking for her hand in marriage, and he slips the ring on her just before she tearfully says yes. As she embraces him in an tight hug, Hook smiles joyfully as well, until he recalls the weight of his secret. ("Ill-Boding Patterns")

Visitors

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

115 W 10th St, Storybrooke
NANTUCKET STYLE HOUSE

One of Storybrooke's
finest heritage homes
awaits you. Completely
renovated throughout,
this house features an
open floor plan with 10'
ceilings on the main floor,
custom cabinetry in the
kitchen, stainless steel
appliances, bamboo hard
wood floors throughout,
limestone, marble and
granite in all baths and
kitchen, custom fp [sic] & huge
400 square foot secluded
South facing terrace off
kitchen / dining room.
Professionally landscaped

with sprinkler systems
rock work and night
lighting, 2 bedrooms on
2nd floor, master
bedroom can easily
accommodate a King Bed
and has lot of closet
space! 3rd floor addition
allows for full height and
is fully finished for use as
a den, bedroom, office or
combo. There is a
detached single garage
with plenty of room for
storage. Exterior shed
may be used for more
storage.

Open House Sunday 12-5
("Birth")


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Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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