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Would You Buy a Famous Home Like the Brady Bunch House?


We now know the new owner of the famous Brady Bunch house, which served as the exterior for the famous television series.

Most of us would never have to make our way to Dilling Street in Studio City, California to see the home known as the “Brady Bunch House.”

We’ve seen it for generations now in reruns of ABC’s The Brady Bunch series.

For the first time since 1973, the home recently sold. In 1973, the selling price was $61,000. In 2018, the price tag was a bit higher: this time, the asking price was $1.85 million. (HDTV actually ended up making the winning bid, though their actual purchase price wasn’t immediately available.)

The three-bedroom, three-bathroom house isn’t where the show actually filmed all of its 117 episodes between 1969 and 1974. The interiors of their home were filmed on a soundstage. But the Dilling Street house served as the exterior location for the family abode.

And ever since then, the folks who’ve lived there had to tolerate fans of the series driving by, stopping by, even stepping into their yard to take photos.

They would have probably been disappointed to learn that the inside of the home looked absolutely nothing like the Brady Bunch set. You can see photos of the exterior and interior at Zillow. Still, the interior is a testament to the 1970s in its own way. (Although I have to say, that pink bedroom might be enough to give you a nightmare!)

Singer Lance Bass hoped to buy the property and reportedly planned to remodel the interior to make it as close as possible to the TV interior. It’s not clear yet what HDTV intends to do with the property, but if they developed a series around exactly that type of renovation, I wouldn’t be remotely surprised.

If you could afford a famous address, would you buy?

Fox News reported the home regularly gets between 30 and 50 visitors a day. That’s not a lot compared to bigger tourist attractions. But it’s still dozens of people per day showing up in front of your home, taking selfies, taking group shots and nosing around for a glimpse of what they might see from the outside looking in.

Honestly, I feel sorry for the family who’s lived there all these years.

They certainly paid good money for the house when they bought it in 1973. And their family is getting a huge return on that investment.

But they spent 45 years with constant attention.

I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

If I had a cool $2 million to burn on a property, I don’t think I’d shell out that money. I’d prefer a home that was off the beaten path with no ties to pop culture.

The only visitors I’d want would be the ones I’d invite to come over.

How about you? Would you buy such a property if money were no object?

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.