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The Most Iconic TV Houses Of All Time

From scene-stealing characters to enduring theme songs, we love to celebrate all aspects of our favorite television shows. So, we thought it was about time that we sent some love to the TV houses that have wormed their way into the pop-culture history books. Just a glance at some of these homes will bring viewers back to a certain time period and evoke all sorts of nostalgic feelings. Every home has a story, even a TV home.

Though our list has a good mixture of houses pulled from comedy and drama, there are some commonalities. For one, the vast majority of these homes belong to iconic television families. For another, all of the abodes on our list are real-life homes rather than homes built on a studio lot. We also steered clear of apartment buildings for this particular list and focused on homes that would be instantly recognizable to most viewers. This left us with a solid lot of TV houses — many of which were used only for outdoor shots, but all of which bring us to a happy place. Here are 21 of the most iconic TV houses of all time.

Full House

Bob Saget's death has put "Full House" back in the news in 2022, and most people who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s knew Saget's Danny Tanner as one of the great TV dads. And while every great television dad had a home in which he raised his TV kids, few homes have made as lasting of a mark as the "Full House" one. The San Francisco home has become a tourist attraction in its own right, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle's website, fans gathered outside the home after Saget's untimely passing.

"Full House" aired from 1987 to 1995, and the bulk of the show was filmed on the Warner Brothers' lot in Los Angeles (Today, you can see a replica of the house if you ever go on the WB Studio Tour, as one was built for the revival series "Fuller House"). Establishing shots were filmed using a real home, however, and though San Francisco's Painted Ladies appear in the credits of four seasons of "Full House," fans who believe that the "Full House" home is one of these structures are mistaken (per Los Angeles magazine). 

The real home that the show used is a mile north of there and was actually purchased by show creator Jeff Franklin back in 2016 (per Business Insider). And though fans of the show know the three-story Victorian at least partly by its red door, the door has since been painted black. As Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) would say, "How rude!"

The Brady Bunch

It would be hard to talk about TV families and not mention "The Brady Bunch" and their iconic blended household. By that same token, we could not possibly have a list of the enduring TV homes and not include the Brady's Studio City split-level stunner. The home featured on "The Brady Bunch" was used for all of the exterior shots during the show's run, from 1969 to 1974, with internal sets housed on Paramount's Stage 5 set, per House Beautiful. The ranch-style home went on the market in 2018 — for the first time in 50 years, and was almost purchased by pop singer Lance Bass.

In the end, HGTV bought the home for $3.5 million, and they used it to launch a television series called "A Very Brady Renovation," in which the actors who portrayed the six Brady children and HGTV celebrities collaborated to turn the inside of the home into a replica of the set. "All of America knew that the inside did not match what the set was on the show. What we didn't realize was just how different it was," said HGTV's Loren Ruch in an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. "We took this gigantic leap of faith buying this house, and once we stepped in that first time it was like, 'Oh my God, what are going to do with this place?'" Years later, it is unclear what HGTV's plans are for the Brady home going forward.

Boy Meets World

"Boy Meets World" is an ABC show that ran for seven seasons, from 1993 to 2000, following main character Cory Matthews (Ben Savage) from middle school all the way through college. While many scenes took place at school, the bulk of the rest was set in the Matthews family home, which was said to be in the Philadelphia area. In reality, the home used for "Boy Meets World" exterior shots is actually in Studio City, California, and it is just as beautiful today as you likely remember it to be.

The house made the news in 2016 when it was put on the market for $1.595 million, per Forbes. Though it is 2,500 square feet, the home surprisingly has only two bedrooms and two bathrooms — which does not fit what was portrayed on the show, given that the Matthews had three children. The inside looks nothing like the "Boy Meets World" set, but the 1940s-built home is classically beautiful. The home sold for $1.3 million in 2019, three years after it was first put on the market (per Yahoo!).

Breaking Bad

At the beginning of AMC crime drama "Breaking Bad," Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is not yet a criminal mastermind but a high school chemistry teacher living modestly. As such, his home was nothing particularly special — and even when Walt began to rake in more money from his drug empire, the White home remained the same. The "Breaking Bad" house is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the show was set, and the ranch-style White residence can be seen in all five seasons of the show. Per Velvet Ropes, the real-life home was built in 1972 and is 1,910 square feet, with a pool in the backyard.

Unlike many television shows, "Breaking Bad" was not filmed in Hollywood. The city even lists filming locations on its tourism website (see here), and there are multiple tours for fans to see where the show was shot. Though the Whites lived at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, the real home has a different address and is not listed on the city's website — but this has not stopped fans from finding it. According to news reports, the owners had to build an iron fence due to the number of viewers who visit wanting selfies in front of the abode (per CBC).

The Golden Girls

The overwhelming majority of scenes in "The Golden Girls" were set in the ladies' one-story Miami home, owned by Blanche Devereaux (Rue McClanahan). For seven seasons – from 1985 to 1992 — we watched Blanche, Dorothy (Bea Arthur), Rose (Betty White), and Sophia (Estelle Getty) lounge on the lanai, welcome their dates at the door, and eat cheesecake at the kitchen table (often late at night). To be honest, we still do watch them — the show is frequently rerunning — and consistently wish we could join them at 6151 Richmond Street (the show's made-up address for the home).

The home from "The Golden Girls" is perhaps one of the most famous bungalows in the world, and so it is not surprising that everyone wanted it when it went on the market for the first time in 2020. Originally listed for just under $3 million, the home sold for $4 million after not even one month on the market (per Architectural Digest). According to the outlet, the home, which was built in 1955, has four bedrooms and four bathrooms. It is 2,901 square feet, and the new owners are supposedly not huge fans of the show — though we are sure they get a kick out of their home being used in the exterior shots for one of the best sitcoms of all time.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Like seemingly everything nowadays, "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was remade within the last few years. But even though Hollywood developed a new show based around Sabrina Spellman — Netflix's "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" — we are partial to the cheesy 1996 sitcom version, ABC's "Sabrina the Teenage Witch." In the show, Sabrina (Melissa Joan Hart) lived in a gorgeous Victorian home alongside her aunts Zelda (Beth Broderick) and Hilda (Caroline Rhea) and talking cat Salem.

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch" was set in Westbridge, Massachusetts, which does not actually exist but very much sounds like it could be a real Boston suburb. And while the bulk of the show was filmed on studio lots in Los Angeles, the 4,862 square foot home that was used for the exterior shots of the show is actually located in Freehold, New Jersey. It went up for sale for $1.95 million in October 2021, per the Daily Mail. Someone conjure up a spell for a couple of million dollars, stat.

The Cosby Show

After Bill Cosby's conviction, the few networks that still played reruns of "The Cosby Show" pulled it from the air (per The Hollywood Reporter). Yet, the show was impactful when it aired and has had a lasting legacy in the years since. Nothing can erase that dazzling New York City brownstone from our memories, as it is truly iconic. The fictional version of the home was located at 10 Stigwood Avenue in Brooklyn Heights, which is a street address that does not exist in Brooklyn nor anywhere else in New York (per Yahoo!).

The actual home used to depict the Huxtable's crib is not in Brooklyn, but in Manhattan, at 10 St. Luke's Place in Greenwich Village. According to Geoffrey Owens, who played Elvin on "The Cosby Show," filming took place in Queens at Kaufman-Astoria studios. No matter where in the city it lives, the brownstone screams New York — it even housed four one-bedroom apartments inside (via Townhouse Experts).

American Horror Story

"American Horror Story" is a bit different from the other series on our list, in that it is an anthology series that changes casts and locations each season. Nonetheless, Season 1 of the show brought us one of the most iconic homes that TV has ever seen, and we absolutely had to include this "murder house" on our list. The house reemerged for Season 8, and it was also featured in the first episode of the spin-off "American Horror Stories."

The mansion, lovingly referred to as the "murder house," is actually called the Rosenheim Mansion, according to Newsweek. It is an official Historic and Cultural Landmark, located at 1120 Westchester Place in Los Angeles. It has six bedrooms and six bathrooms, and everything from a recording studio to a ballroom. Interestingly, nuns used to inhabit the home, and the former chapel was digitally removed for its usage on "American Horror Story." Though the owners of the home filed a lawsuit against the previous owner for not disclosing the "AHS" connection (per Newsweek), they seem to have embraced the ghoulish link. In 2020, they opened the home up to the public for a Halloween event.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Most fans of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" can recite the theme song by heart, and chances are, they can also draw the show's home if need be. In fact, the mansion is so central to the show that it is even referenced in said theme song. But contrary to the show's premise, the home is actually located in Brentwood, California, not Bel-Air. The stunning mansion looks quite different inside from what was depicted on the show — something that we know because Prince Harry and James Corden knocked on the door in February 2021 for a segment on "The Late, Late Show" (via Hello magazine).

Corden and the Prince of Sussex's visit is not the only time the home has been in the news in the last few years. In 2020, in honor of the show's 30th anniversary, Will Smith and Airbnb partnered to offer a handful of one-night stays in the famous dwelling (per Architectural Digest). Believe it or not, the 2022 "Fresh Prince" reboot, entitled "Bel-Air," features an even more expansive, more luxurious mansion.

Roseanne

The 10-season sitcom "Roseanne" famously put Lanford, Illinois, on the map when it made its debut in 1988 — or at least, it would have if Lanford actually existed. The iconic home that was used for the show can actually be found in Evansville, Illinois, at 619 Runnymeade Avenue. According to USA Today, one of the sitcom's creators, Matt Williams, is originally from Evansville, which explains the connection. Many of the outdoor shots were taken around the city of Evansville.

The home (which can also currently be seen on the "Roseanne" spin-off "The Conners") sold in 2004 for a measly $55,000, per USA Today. Since then, it has sold five more times, and its value has gone up by more than $75,000. The home is now a rental and, according to 14 News, Roseanne herself once unsuccessfully attempted to purchase it (on Twitter, naturally). The comedienne may not have scored the 1925 craftsman, but its place in TV history is solidified no matter who owns it.

The Bachelor

While every other home on our list comes from a fictional series, we had to include the reality television mansion that fascinated viewers for years and years. Even though we are sure there are all sorts of icky vibes inside "The Bachelor" mansion, few homes are as instantly recognizable to TV viewers. Since 2007, the vast majority of seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" have been filmed at the Agoura Hills, California, estate.

According to a 2012 People magazine article, the Spanish-style home was built in 2005 and goes by the nickname "Villa de la Vina." Though it is 7,590 square feet, it surprisingly only has six bedrooms (per Forbes), which means those dating show contestants were all nice and cozy up in there. Though, as of this writing, the mansion is back for the current season of "The Bachelor" after a few seasons away due to COVID-19 protocols, not everyone is happy. A Heavy article featured a number of social media complaints from viewers who complained it needed an update.

Modern Family

"Modern Family" made us laugh for 11 seasons, airing on ABC from 2009 to 2020. And because of the structure of the show, which featured a large, close-knit extended family across three households, "Modern Family" gave us not one, but multiple iconic homes. Let's start with the Dunphy home, a two-story abode located at 10336 Dunleer Drive in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles (per Glamour). The 2,792 square foot house, which was built in 2006, is worth more than $2.3 million (per Los Angeles Magazine). Near to this home is the Pritchett-Tucker residence, a Century City duplex at 2211 Fox Hills Drive.

But those two homes are small beans next to the larger, prettier contemporary house that Jay (Ed O'Neill) and his family occupy on "Modern Family." This two-story home is located in Brentwood, California, and production designer Richard Berg told Architectural Digest that production adjusted the studio sets to match the footprint of the home. "The footprint in the rear did not at all match the layout we had onstage, so we modified the shape of the windows to accommodate that. We also matched the outdoor fireplace," he said.

The Wonder Years

Okay, we know that a new version of "The Wonder Years" began airing on ABC in 2021, but nothing could ever compare to the original program. The first iteration of "The Wonder Years" began airing in 1988, lasted for six seasons, and was nominated for dozens of Emmys. It also gave us an iconic family home — an all-American suburban dwelling. As Los Angeles Magazine noted in 2016, "The sleepy, tree-lined street looks like it was plucked from a Norman Rockwell painting and the clapboard houses that line the block appear frozen in time from when they were built in the late '40s."

One notable thing about "The Wonder Years" is that the show never made it clear where the Arnold family resided. We do know, however, that the real-life home used for the exterior shots is in Burbank, California, at 516 University Avenue. Winnie Cooper's (Danica McKellar) home was, in fact, across the street from the Arnolds. Other homes featured on the show can be found on nearby streets, per Los Angeles Magazine.

All in the Family

"All in the Family" is often listed as one of the best sitcoms of all time – take this TV Guide list, for example — and Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) is one of the most memorable characters ever to grace the small screen. "All in the Family" aired on CBS from 1971 to 1979, after which the spin-off "Archie Bunker's Place" ran for another four seasons. The Bunker home was featured on both programs, and the semi-detached duplex became a central part of the character's universe.

According to Daily News, the house is located at 89-70 Cooper Avenue in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, New York. This is contrary to the narrative set forth by "All in the Family," in which the Bunkers lived in Astoria on a street that does not exist (Hauser Street). Per the same article, show creator Norman Lear randomly discovered the home on his way to the airport. "I left for the airport early. And I got off the turnpike to LaGuardia in Queens, and went past this row of houses. And I thought, this is a great location," Lear said. "No other reason, except that I knew Archie was going to be a New Yorker. That's how I found the house."

The Beverly Hillbillies

The whole premise of "The Beverly Hillbillies" is that a bunch of poor hicks from the Ozarks move to Beverly Hills after becoming rich by striking oil on their land. The fish-out-of-water story was so popular that it lasted on CBS for nine seasons, airing from 1962 to 1971. Central to the Clampett family's come-up was their new home — a gorgeous White mansion on a sprawling estate known as Chartwell (per The Los Angeles Times).

Despite the name of the show, the home featured on "The Beverly Hillbillies" is actually located in nearby Bel-Air. In 2019, it actually broke the record for the highest-priced home sale in California history, according to the Los Angeles Times. The exact number is unknown, but it sold for somewhere around $150 million (to Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert and current CEO of Fox Corporation). The inside of the 26-room estate — designed to look like a French Chateau — has everything from a ballroom to a 12,000-bottle wine vault.

Designing Women

"Designing Women" was on the air for seven seasons, from 1986 to 1993 on CBS. While the show took place in Atlanta, Georgia, the Italian-style home featured in external shots is actually located in Arkansas. It can be found at 1321 Scott Street in Little Rock, according to Country Living. The "Designing Women" spent an overwhelming bulk of their time in the home, given that it was not only Julia Sugarbaker's (Dixie Carter) residence but also the office for their interior design firm, Sugarbakers & Associates.

Known as Villa Marre, the four-bedroom home is 4,847 square feet, not including the basement (per Arkansas Online). It has two parlors and a library but, for some reason, only one and a half baths. The home went on the market in 2017, with the asking price of $975,000 (which included a carriage house out back). It sold two years later for much less — $463,500 — to a local attorney (per the Star Advertiser).

The O.C.

Set in Newport Beach, California, Fox's "The O.C." featured nothing but beautiful Orange County homes. This included the home belonging to the Coopers, as well as Summer Roberts' (Rachel Bilson) massive mansion. But the home that is the most iconic is that of the Cohen family–– including the main abode as well as the pool house in which adopted son Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) lived. Shockingly, the pool house was a set that did not exist in real life — something Tik Tok users freaked out about in August 2021 (per US Weekly).

The lack of a pool house is not the only surprise, because the famed Orange County house is actually not in the O.C. at all. It can be found at 6205 Ocean Breeze Drive in Malibu, which is a city located in the Santa Monica Mountains, west of downtown Los Angeles. The two-story home was used for all exterior shots, but a neighboring home (6210 Ocean Breeze Drive) was used for interior shots and backyard scenes in the pilot, according to Los Angeles Magazine. After the pilot episode, 6210 was recreated on a soundstage. The multi-story home went up for sale in 2015 for a reported $6.25 million (per Entertainment Weekly).

Mad Men

Most of the characters on "Mad Men" spent far more time at the office than they did at home, which means that we got less of the familial aspects of their lives. Despite this, main character Don Draper (Jon Hamm) was featured at home quite a bit, particularly in the early seasons when he was still married to Betty (January Jones) and living with his children. And since Betty remained in the Draper home after the divorce, said home was a staple of the program's seven seasons. The front door was actually painted red (from blue) each and every time production wanted to shoot there, per Los Angeles Magazine.

With its class American look, the gorgeous "Mad Men" colonial has become an iconic television home. On the show, the home was said to be in Ossining, a village in Westchester County, New York. The address given was 42 Bullet Park Road, which does not exist. The actual home can be found in California — at 675 Arden Road in Pasadena, to be precise (per Los Angeles Magazine). This puts it directly across the street from another famous on-screen house, the one from "Father of the Bride." Interestingly, a New Rochelle, New York, home was erroneously labeled the "Mad Men" house when it was put on the market in 2015 (via USA Today), but that home had columns that the Draper house lacked.

Family Matters

For 1990s teens, there were a few families that dominated the airwaves — you had the Tanners ("Full House"), the Matthews ("Boy Meets World"), the Foster-Lamberts ("Step by Step"), and a few others. Chief amongst that list were the Winslows, the family at the heart of the sitcom "Family Matters," a spin-off of "Perfect Strangers" that aired as part of the TGIF Friday night lineup for years. The show was a TV staple for nine seasons, beginning in 1989 on ABC, where it lasted for eight years before transitioning to CBS for its final season. While Steve Urkel (Jaleel White) became the breakout character, the Winslow home was the dominant space where scenes were set.

The home featured in exterior shots on "Family Matters" was located at 1516 W. Wrightwood Avenue in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, while interior shots were filmed on a soundstage in California. Per Snopes, this home no longer exists, as it was torn down to create condominiums in the late 2010s. After the 1905 home was demolished, the new units sold for between $825,000 and $1,298,875. The redone home — which is now split into three units — looks nothing like the original, as detailed in a February 2021 Apartment Therapy article.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The classic sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" aired on CBS for seven wonderful seasons, from 1970 to 1977. It was groundbreaking for its time, in that the main character Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore), was a single and independent woman who was focused more on her career than her domestic life. Though the focus was very much on Mary in the newsroom at WJM News, the show also frequently featured Mary at home. And sure, she technically lived in an apartment, but since the apartment was a unit in a large home divided into flats, we think it fits nicely on our list.

"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" was set in Minneapolis, and the home used for establishing shots was, in reality, also located in Minneapolis. The home — located at 2104 Kenwood Parkway — was used for the first three seasons of the show, after which producers made a switch because of an argument with the owner (per Entertainment Weekly, which called Mary's apartment "TV's most famous bachelorette pad"). After years on the market, the home sold in 2017 for $1.45 million. The 9,500 square foot Victorian is not actually divided into apartments, but a seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom manse (via Twin Cities Pioneer Press).

Beverly Hills, 90210

"Beverly Hills, 90210" was on the air for 10 seasons, producing nearly 300 episodes between 1990 and 2000. Though it was slow to catch on, it eventually became a huge pop-culture sensation, and it turned 90210 into the most famous zip code, well, ever. In the show, teens Brandon (Jason Priestley) and Brenda (Shannen Doherty) Walsh move from Minnesota to Beverly Hills, where they must learn to navigate a whole new type of atmosphere. Though the Walsh home was less over-the-top compared to some of the other kids' abodes, it is absolutely the most iconic.

Along with their parents (and later, a friend, Valerie), the Walsh kids were said to live in the 90210 zip code. In reality, the home used for establishing shots is located in an entirely different city — Altadena, California, which is near Pasadena. The real address is 1675 East Altadena Drive, and the zip code is a disappointing 91001 (per Los Angeles Magazine). Location aside, the 1928 home is still a stunner. Interestingly enough, unlike with many other television show homes, much of the interior shots were also filmed at the Altadena location (per Fox 11).