A Tour of TV Homes by Decade
From its magical debut in 1950s households to today’s 3-D, Internet-connected and thin-screened versions, television has firmly planted itself into American culture and daily life. We all have favorite shows — the ones we currently DVR and the ones that went off the air nearly 50 years ago.
As fall gets under way and new programs are added to the evening lineup, we’re paying homage to television shows, old and new, with a real estate tour. While many shows, especially in the early days, were never shot outside the studio set, a good handful of them took place in real homes and still look exactly as they did on the small screen.
“The Beverly Hillbillies”
750 Bel Air Road, Los Angeles CA (below)
“The Beverly Hillbillies” was one of the first shows that took place inside a home with a physical address, rather than in a studio. This enormous 21,523-square-foot estate hosted the series throughout its nine-year run. The 10-bed, 12-bath home was built in 1933.
380 S San Rafael Ave, Pasadena CA (below)
Holy house, Batman! The 1960s TV series featured a property in Pasadena as Wayne Manor. The 1928 home has 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and measures 16,599 square feet — not including the bat cave, of course.
565 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles CA (below)
Although “Happy Days” took place in Milwaukee, like most TV shows, it was actually filmed in Los Angeles. The white columned house that played home for the Cunninghams was built in 1923 and has 6 bedrooms, 2 baths and measures 3,904 square feet.
“The Brady Bunch”
11222 Dilling St, North Hollywood CA (below)
The mid-century home that hosted the blended Brady clan looks unchanged from its days on the small screen. Built in 1959, the North Hollywood home would be rather small for the Brady family of eight, which is why interior scenes of the show were shot on a studio set.
3700 Hogge Dr, Allen TX (below)
The sprawling Southfork Ranch just outside Plano was the home for J.R. Ewing and his squabbling family for during the original run of TV’s “Dallas” (the show was recently rebooted by TNT). The home is currently an event center with a special area dedicated to the show, complete with “Dallas” memorabilia, although many of the show’s interior scenes were shot at a studio.
“The Golden Girls”
245 N Saltair Ave, Los Angeles CA (below)
“The Golden Girls” characters were living in retiree-friendly Miami on the show, but the home used for the exterior was in Los Angeles. The classic 1955 home has 4 bedrooms and measures 2,901 square feet.
“Beverly Hills 90210″
1675 E Altadena Dr, Altadena CA (below)
The “90210″ house is not actually located in the fabled ZIP code but 23 miles northeast in the town of Altadena. The 4-bed, 4-bath house played the home of twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh, and unlike many other TV homes had scenes filmed in the interior of the house, rather than on a studio set.
1329 Carroll Ave, Los Angeles CA (below)
2000 – present
6205 Ocean Breeze, Malibu CA (below)
Newport Beach of “The O.C.” isn’t a far cry from Malibu where the TV mansion was located. The stately 6,376-square-foot house was home base for the Cohen family and Ryan Atwood, the troubled teen they took in.
303 W Comstack St, Seattle WA (below)
While there’s no such thing as Seattle Grace Hospital, the house from the hit medical series is real and located in Seattle‘s Queen Anne neighborhood. The turn-of-the-century charmer has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a view of the Space Needle.
675 Arden Rd, Pasadena CA (below)
The Los Angeles area is a decent fit for 1960s New York City on AMC’s drama “Mad Men.” The first home of Betty and Don Draper, fictionally set in Ossining, NY, is actually located in Pasadena on a quiet tree-lined street. The traditional 4-bed, 3-bath home measures 2,654 square feet.
ABC’s “Modern Family” focuses on the antics of an extended family and features three homes in the Los Angeles area.
10336 Dunleer Dr, Los Angeles CA (below)
Phil and Claire Dunphy live in this traditional 4-bed, 5-bath family home with their three kids.
121 S Cliffwood Ave, Los Angeles CA (below)
Jay, the patriarch of the Dunphy family, and his wife, Gloria, live in this modern home a little over 7 miles from Phil and Claire.