5 TV Homes That Are Actually Real
The homes where some of TV’s most iconic characters once lived, ate and, of course, acted are often celebrities in their own right. The Manhattan brownstone in “Sex and the City” is as much of a tourist attraction as the Flatiron Building. The prototypical suburban castles of Don Draper and Ozzie Nelson in the shows “Mad Men” and “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” respectively, can be seen in person in sunny Southern California (and in the case of the Nelson home, can be had for nearly $5 million).
While nearly all of the onscreen action that took place inside these family homes was filmed on a soundstage, the façades of these homes are hardly the stuff of fiction — and in some cases, have become cultural landmarks.
Here’s a look at some of TV’s most recognizable homes:
1) “Sex and the City” — West Village, New York, NY
The charming Upper East Side brownstone where writer Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) juggled a chaotic love life with a bustling career and an ever-growing collection of Manolo Blahnik heels in the hit show is not really located in that part of Manhattan. The three-story walkup is actually in the West Village, and it remains a tourist attraction long after the show completed its sixth and final season in 2004.
Tourists love to pose on the brownstone’s stoop and shop at the nearby Magnolia Bakery (also immortalized on the show) — much to the chagrin of the building’s neighbors. Members of the Perry St. Block Association (the street where the brownstone is located) and Community Board 2 successfully banned tour groups from parking buses in front of 66 Perry Street. To keep tourists from posing on their steps, the owners of the brownstone installed a metal chain with a “No Trespassing” sign.
Parker recently caught the ire of the Perry Street Association by staging a photo shoot for her new shoe line on the steps of the home she made famous.
2) “Friday Night Lights” — University Hills, Austin, TX
On the field, Dillon Panthers football coach Eric Taylor roused his young players to overcome impossible odds and to work towards being the best men they could be. Off the field, Coach Taylor, played by actor Kyle Chandler, did his best to be a doting father to his two girls and a loving husband to Tami Taylor, a high school guidance counselor played by Connie Britton.
While the show was set in the fictional town of Dillon, TX, the modest three-bedroom home where the exterior scenes were filmed can be found in Austin, TX. Located in a cul-de-sac seven miles away from downtown Austin, the home also has a garage and a fireplace and is worth an estimated $271,633, according to Zillow.com.
3) “Breaking Bad” — Loma Del Ray, Albuquerque, NM
Having your home double as the place where TV’s most notorious meth cooker once tried to make a life with his wife and two children probably isn’t something a real estate professional would typically advise. The fact that Walter White, the criminal mastermind in “Breaking Bad,” lived in a home that was located at the fictional address of 308 Negro Arroyo Lane did little to hide the real home’s address. The single-family home continues to be a tourist attraction, where die-hard fans of the AMC show pose in front of it.
But hats off to Fran and Louie Padilla, the home’s real owners, who in 2013 pledged to never sell. Luckily for the Padillas, most of the nasty action that took place inside the White residence in “Breaking Bad” was really filmed on a soundstage, so agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency aren’t likely to come knocking down their door.
4) “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” — Hollywood Hills West, Los Angeles, CA
The Colonial-style home of TV’s “First Family” had all the trappings of 1950s Americana, from the spotless green lawn to the cozy den where the Nelson family would gather every night by the TV set. While “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” stopped airing in 1966 after a 14-season run, the real home that served as the façade to the Nelson abode still lives on — and is doing quite well to this day. Located in Hollywood Hills West, the two-story house recently was listed at $4.995 million (after extensive remodeling by interior decorator Kishani Perera). Who knows, maybe it will be the future home of America’s next favorite family?
5) “Mad Men” — South neighborhood, Pasadena, CA
The Draper family may resemble Ozzie and Harriet, but they certainly don’t behave like them. Don Draper, the philandering boozer and advertising mastermind in the TV show “Mad Men,” shared a stately home in Ossining, NY with his then-wife, Betty, to maintain the façade of the paterfamilias of the happy American family (while his wife and children were anything but). The actual home that was used for the exterior scenes wasn’t located in cold Westchester County but in sunny Pasadena, CA, leading one to wonder — had the Drapers lived on the West Coast, perhaps Don wouldn’t be such a grump.