A theme song that fades as the image of a home comes on screen … an image we can all picture from watching our favorite sitcoms. From the Full House home where we watched DJ, Stephanie and Michelle grow up to the home where we watched a lovely lady and a man named Brady join families to become the Brady Bunch, TV homes have a special place in our hearts. Here are a few of our favorites:
The Bank’s Mansion – The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
From West Philadelphia born and raised to movin’ with his auntie and uncle in Bel Air, Will Smith showed up with his bags on the front steps of the Bank’s famous mansion. While most people think the mansion is in Bel Air, CA, it’s actually at 251 N. Bristol Avenue in Brentwood, California. It is noted as one of the most famous homes in TV history and was built in 1937. Fans of Fresh Prince of Bel Air may have noticed that the majority of the scenes take place in the home, causing the producers to rebuild the kitchen and living room to make them much larger.
Square Feet: 6,438 sq ft
Year Built: 1937
Value Estimate: $6,735,337
Fun Fact: The home that Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd’s characters in Knocked Up lived in is right up the street.
The Brady Home – The Brady Bunch
In 1969 two families merged into one and moved into the home we saw 6 of our favorite TV kids grow up. From the potato sack races in the backyard to watching the whole troop run down the stairs when Alice called, I think it’s safe to say that we all have fine memories of the Brady’s home. Creator Sherwood Schwartz chose the house because he felt it resembled where an architect would live, Mike Brady’s profession. You may have noticed that the exterior of the house does not match the interior of the house. The second story is shown on the left side of the home, but the interior set depicts the second story on the right side. So the house didn’t make any sense, but who really cares?
Square Feet: 2,477 sq ft
Year Build: 1959
Value Estimate: $1,140,184
Fun Fact: The house was actually a split level, but the producers installed a fake second story window to make the home look like it look like a 2 story home.
Mary Richard’s Home – Mary Tyler Moore
The home of Mary Richards from Mary Tyler Moore is an oldie, but a goodie. Ladies, who didn’t look up to Mary? A hard-working woman fighting to make it in a male dominated world … we all wanted to live like her. Good news, we can! That’s right, the famous home that Entertainment Weekly called “TV’s most famous bachelorette pad” in Minneapolis, MN is FOR SALE! Mary lived in what was supposed Unit D, an apartment behind the Palladian windows on the top of the house. In reality, there was just an unfinished attic behind that window.
Square Feet: 9,500 sq ft
Year Built: 1900
Fun Fact: The owners of the home placed an “Impeach Nixon” sign under the window that Mary lived in to discourage crews from filming additional footage.
The Tanner Home – Full House
“Everywhere you look, everywhere you go…” The well known Full House intro scene depicts the Tanner family sitting down for a picnic across the street from the famous Painted Ladies. Most viewers think their beautiful Victorian home is in the background, but it’s not. They lived on 1882 Girard Street in San Francisco, CA … and thank goodness they did or else we may have never met Kimmy Gibler. The home has a false front at the top of the roofline to make the house look larger, a feature on many San Francisco Victorians.
Square Feet: 2,484 sq ft
Year Built: 1900
Value Estimate: $2,738,982
Fun Fact: The red door you see on the Full House home was sold to a neighbor.
*all home details courtesy of Zillow