“The Golden Girls” house is on the market for the primary time ever—and for a well-known property, some may say this 2,901-square-foot, four-bedroom home in Los Angeles is a discount, listed for a mere $2,999,000.
With lush landscaping filled with unique crops, the property—positioned within the Brentwood neighborhood—was used just for the outside photographs on the present, which ran from 1985 to 1992 and starred Rue McClanahan as Blanche, a widow who opened up her dwelling to a few roommates performed by Betty White (Rose), Bea Arthur (Dorothy), and Estelle Getty (Sophia).
But most of those spunky senior residents’ antics—which occurred inside the home, across the kitchen desk, or in the lounge—have been filmed on a Hollywood set.
As such, whereas this home has attracted just a few followers to snap photos curbside, the house’s inside has lengthy remained a thriller—which is all of the extra cause why this house is sure to obtain tons of consideration now.
The fact behind ‘The Golden Women’ home
In actual life, this home served because the longtime residence of David Noble Barry III and Margaret Carr Barry, a married couple who had the home inbuilt 1955. The Barrys lived in the home for greater than 60 years till their deaths in 2017 and 2019, respectively. The property is being bought by a belief.
James Barry, the late couple’s son, reported that location scouts first seen the property due to its verdant landscaping, considering it had simply the appropriate aesthetic to symbolize the 4 pals’ fictional dwelling in Miami at 6151 Richmond St. (FYI, no such deal with truly exists.)
So the NBC community paid the Barrys a small sum of cash to movie exterior photographs on the dwelling. They agreed, partially as a result of they needed to indicate off their dwelling’s distinctive structure.
In reality, the house was primarily used as a filming location for less than the primary season of the present. For later seasons, the Barrys loaned NBC the house’s authentic blueprints so the community may construct a reproduction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the place followers may tour the home till it was torn down in 2003.
So what is the authentic “Golden Women” home actually like?
An inside tour of ‘The Golden Women’ dwelling at the moment
The Barrys modeled their Brentwood property after the Honolulu dwelling of David Noble Barry III’s father. Japanese and Hawaiian influences abound all through the property, which options authentic oak flooring, excessive ceilings, floor-to-ceiling home windows, sliding Shoji screens, built-in cupboards, and an engawa, a standard Japanese wooden flooring surrounding the house.
The retro kitchen, which is authentic to the house, has turquoise and avocado cupboards, yellow accents, and turquoise Formica counter tops.
Who will purchase ‘The Golden Women’ home—and the way a lot will it value?
So, who would be the fortunate new proprietor of this iconic TV dwelling? Many actual property specialists say it is priced aggressively to promote and the client will probably be a toss-up between TV or film producers who might wish to use the situation, or non-public patrons who could also be followers of the present.
“The record value is strategic and meant to draw numerous consideration and curiosity,” says Rachelle Rosten, the house’s itemizing agent with Douglas Elliman. “The fantastic thing about this pricing technique is the market finally determines the worth. I anticipate this property will promote over the record value. It’s an thrilling and emotional home in addition to being a nice-sized lot on a fascinating avenue. The market will reply accordingly. It is going to be very attention-grabbing to see who finally ends up shopping for this property.”
One potential purchaser? HGTV, which in 2018 outbid Lance Bass to buy the house used for exterior photographs for “The Brady Bunch.” The community renovated the home again to its 1970s glory on the hit present “A Very Brady Renovation.”
“‘The Golden Women’ dwelling jogs my memory of ‘The Brady Bunch’ dwelling sale state of affairs yet again,” says Cara Ameer, an actual property agent with Coldwell Banker in California and Florida. “A tv community might be a great purchaser for the property, akin to HGTV and even NBC, which initially aired the collection. Maybe Amazon, Netflix, or a studio like Paramount will need it for future initiatives—a ‘Golden Women’ remake or an analogous present with a brand new twist or perhaps a film.”
As for dollars and cents, Ameer says it is onerous to place a selected price ticket on a house with celeb standing.
“I’d enterprise that that is going to be topic to a number of provides and will go properly above asking value—as a lot as by $1 million or a bit extra,” she says.
However not all celebrity-status houses promote shortly. Simply have a look at the well-known “Full House” home in San Francisco, which was final bought for $four million in 2016 and has been listed twice since then with no success. One potential cause might be all of the “Full Home” vacationers crowding the entrance, which could grow to be a nuisance at “The Golden Women” home as properly, particularly if it turns into the topic of a popular culture revival.
“A purchaser of this home might want to deal with vacationers and followers continuously taking images and the privateness considerations that come together with that,” says Shane Ray, an actual property agent in San Francisco with Domicile Properties/Compass.
Some actual property brokers suppose that the complications of proudly owning a well-known dwelling make them a poor funding.
Cedric Stewart, an actual property agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Washington, DC, thinks “The Golden Women” home will promote for beneath asking, at round $1.95 million.
“Is there an opportunity somebody would purchase it for sentimental functions or use it as an attraction of kinds? Positive,” Stewart says. “However the era that may most recognize that’s on their method out, so this isn’t a spot you purchase to make cash.”
Solely time will inform what is going to occur to this home, however within the meantime, it is enjoyable to get an opportunity to see a bit of TV historical past.