Calling all 70s babies! HGTV started shooting a new TV show about renovating the iconic Brady Bunch house on Tuesday, Aug. 14, just days after the network purchased the home for an undisclosed price. According to TMZ, HGTV crews distributed filming notices around the property’s California neighborhood before using a drone to get exterior and aerial shots of the TV home.
After only a few weeks on the market, The Brady Bunch house was purchased by HGTV earlier this month, The Hollywood Reporter revealed. The house was previously listed for a whopping $1.885 million and the property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and quite a lot of nostalgia.
After news broke that the iconic home was up for sale, HGTV wasted no time to win the bidding war over the famous abode. “I am excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and will restore the Brady Bunch home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can,” Discovery CEO David Zaslav said in a company statement.
“More details to come over the next few months, but we will bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history,” Zaslav added.
The LA home’s exterior was used to film the opening and closing shots of The Brady Bunch and the home’s interior was actually a studio set in Hollywood. The sitcom first premiered on TV in 1969 and ran until the mid-70s, but the memory of the blended family still lives on with fans today.
The Brady Bunch home became so famous that it actually has a Yelp page, where it’s marked as a historic building so fans can stop by and take pictures. Although the home has undergone some remodeling inside, it still features lots of throwback decor including vibrant floral wallpaper, wood paneling, and a stone fireplace.
Before HGTV ended the property’s bidding war, a listing agent from the real estate firm Douglas Elliman explained to the Los Angeles Times their strategy in selling the home. By “preparing for an avalanche,” Ernie Carswell was able to monitor the many emails and telephone calls that the firm was receiving every day. And it worked!
Carswell deviated the serious buyers from the fans by only showing the house by appointment only. This way he was able to find out if his buyers had any ulterior motives and were serious about making an offer.
According to the Associated Press, the owners of the home previously brought the house for $61,000 in 1973. If you want to take a glimpse at what used to be America’s favorite home, you can still find it at 11222 Dilling St. in LA!