One of America’s most recognizable homes has come on the market for the first time in almost 50 years. This mid-century modern style ranch in Studio City, Calif., was the exterior for the house featured on the 1970s TV show “The Brady Bunch” -- and has become a tourist destination in its own right. It even has its own page on Yelp.
The 2,500-square-foot home was last purchased in 1963 for $61,000, according to property records. The now-deceased owners, George and Violet McCallister, left it to their children who have listed it with co-agents Ernie Carswell and Spencer Daley of Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $1.885 million. Records show it was briefly listed for $2 million in 2008.
“The Brady Bunch” debuted in 1969 by creator Sherwood Schwartz (also known for “Gilligan’s Island”) as a sitcom following the antics of a blended family with six children and their sardonic housekeeper Alice. The show was cancelled in 1974 and entered syndication the next year, which led to it becoming a mainstay in American pop culture. In the early 1980s, a sequel series called “The Brady Brides” ran for 10 episodes following story lines of the two older sisters, Marcia and Jan, after they got married. A variety of other spin-offs have been released since the series finale, including the two feature films “The Brady Bunch Movie” and “A Very Brady Sequel” in the mid-'90s.
Built in 1959, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home underwent a renovation in 1975 that converted the attached garage into a lower-level den and upper-level master suite. The interior of the property has largely retained its ’70s-era décor and even has an in-wall radio/intercom that was in high demand during that decade. The wood paneling, floral wallpaper and mirrored walls are all in keeping with the style of those years.
Fans of the series will notice the true-life home does not have a window in the A-frame portion of the house like the one on the show. A false window was added for filming so that the house would appear to be a two-story dwelling, according to this 1994 article in the Los Angeles Times.
The owners also added a perimeter fence to dissuade tourists from coming on to the property. “Violet McCallister never constructed a solid privacy wall to deter this tourist traffic," Carswell said in an email. "She understood what the house represented to millions of devoted fans and didn’t want to dampen their spirits.”
Carswell added that McCallister had café curtains installed in the kitchen since she enjoyed sitting at the table watching fans come to take pictures. “They couldn’t see her, which was her plan, but she was delighted to watch them.”