What would it really cost to buy TV’s most famous homes?

Adam Smith 17 February 2017 NEWS

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Lifestyles of the rich and fictional.

The houses from our favourite TV programs can take on a mythical property that elevates them nearly to the status of a supporting character. Many of them are instantly recognisable. But what if you wanted to own a piece of TV history? We offer you a rundown of what some of the small screen’s most iconic properties would cost you.

Sex and the City

Sex and the city apartment

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It was already a bit difficult to explain how Carrie Bradshaw afforded this amazing West Village brownstone when Sex and the City originally aired, but the price of 64 Perry Street in Manhattan has skyrocketed in recent years. The house sold in 2012 for more than $12.8 million, then again in 2013 for more than $17.2 million. Zillow currently estimates its value at an eye-watering $60.2 million. For point of reference, that would buy you 2,075,826 of Carrie’s preferred drink, the Cosmopolitan.

Searching for the property on Google Maps will yield nothing more than a blur. Apparently the property attracted too many tourists, and the neighbourhood’s residents successfully lobbied Google to get the image removed.

Beverly Hills 90210

Beverly Hills 90210 house

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The drama. The romance. The music. The hair. The middle aged actors trying to pass as high schoolers. Beverly Hills 90210 was must-watch TV in the 90s, as kids across the world imagined themselves in the shoes of Brenda and Brandon Walsh, trying to navigate the social hierarchy of wealthy California teens. In reality, you could drive around the 90210 zip code all day and never stumble upon the Walsh residence. The real house is at 1675 Altadena Drive, but Altadena 91001 just wasn’t as catchy of a title. Zillow puts the home’s value at just over $3 million.

Mad Men

Mad men house

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Before his scorched earth path of self-destruction saw him leave the suburbs for a Manhattan highrise, Don Draper resided in Ossining, New York. The Draper family’s four-bedroom Colonial is actually located at 675 Arden Road in Pasadena, California. The house last sold in 2002 for around $1.3 million. Zillow currently estimates its value at nearly $2.4 million. For that money, you almost could buy the world a Coke.

By contrast, a comparable home in Ossining is far more affordable. We found listings on Zillow ranging from about $325,000 to $450,000. But, of course, you can’t put a price on narcissistic philandering.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air

When Will Smith pulled up to the house about 7 or 8 and yelled to the cabbie, “Yo, holmes, smell ya later”, he actually wasn’t in Bel Air. Instead, he was in the ever-so-slightly less glamorous Brentwood. Zillow doesn’t have any sales data on the five-bedroom, five-bath home at 251 North Bristol Avenue, but estimates its value at more than $15 million, or, about the amount DJ Jazzy Jeff could have sued Uncle Phil given the multiple times he was physically hurled out the front door. No word on how much it costs to crash in the pool house.

Full House

Full house house

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Widower Danny Tanner managed to raise his three girls (four, if you count the fact that one of them was actually twins) with the help of his suave, mulleted brother-in-law and painfully unfunny friend, all while managing to keep up with the mortgage on this prime piece of San Francisco real estate. The historic home at 1709 Broderick Street was originally built in 1883, and most recently sold to Full House creator Jeff Franklin for $5.2 million. Franklin plans to use the home to continue filming the Netflix revival of the saccharine 90s sitcom. Have mercy.

The Brady Bunch

The Brady Bunch home

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The way they all became the Brady Bunch was by moving into the five-bedroom North Hollywood home at 11222 Dilling Street. The Brady family was a quintessential part of 70s pop culture, and appropriately the Brady Bunch home hasn’t sold since 1973. Zillow pegs its current value at a fairly reasonable $1.7 million. Here’s hoping the owners have at least replaced the astroturf in the backyard.

Downton Abbey

Downtown abbey Highclere castle

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Definitely the most opulent home on our list, the real Downton Abbey is Highclere Castle, home to the Carnarvon family since 1679. In other words, it’s not likely to come onto the market anytime soon. You can visit the castle if you’d like to live vicariously. If you want to make an offer on the home, though, you’ll need to start saving now. Real estate blog Movoto valued Highclere Castle at nearly $522 million. And considering the family has owned the home for nearly 450 years, its sentimental value is likely to be even higher.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad house

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Walter White’s residence belied his extreme wealth, but you can’t get too flashy if you’re trying to keep your meth empire under the radar. The Albuquerque, New Mexico home that served as the exterior of the White house on Breaking Bad is at 3828 Piermont Drive. Zillow estimates the home’s value at around $288,000. That amount of money would buy you 8,661 giant pizzas to throw onto the roof.

Burns Manor

Burns Manor

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Situated on the corner of Croesus and Mammon, surrounded by a 20-foot wall and guarded by vicious hounds is the sprawling residence of Springfield’s most loathed resident, C. Montgomery Burns. It’s pretty difficult to place a value on the 137-room mansion from The Simpsons, which features a human chess board, the world’s largest television and a seriously unimpressive basement.

A very rough calculation of its value would take into account the average US house size of 201 square metres, comprised of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room and lounge. Mr. Burns’ residence is approximately 16 times larger than this, so could conservatively be estimated at 3,216 square metres.

Of course, we don’t know where in the United States Springfield is, but creator Matt Groening hails from Springfield, Oregon, so we’ll go with that. Median price per square metre in Oregon is $2,245. This would put the price of Burns Manor at a conservative $7,219,920. Even if that’s in your price range, you’ll want to factor in enough money for renovations. As you know, the old place is falling apart.

Source: Frinkiac

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