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HGTV has big plans for the “Brady Bunch” house in Studio City

Home improvement channel wants to restore, re-air iconic TV backdrop
August 07, 2018 01:00PM

“Brady Bunch” House (Credit: Anthony Barcelo, Carswell and Partners, Classroom Clipart)

The “Brady Bunch” house may just stay in syndication forever—if Discovery execs have their way.

Discovery, which owns cable network HGTV, was the winner in a bidding war to buy the iconic “Brady Bunch” home in Studio City. Discovery CEO David Zaslav shared the news this morning on an earnings call with Wall Street analysts, according to the L.A. Times.

Discovery beat out “Brady Bunch” hopeful Lance Bass. The ‘N Sync singer waved “bye, bye, bye” to his bid, just a day after he tweeted that it had been accepted. Ernie Carswell, an agent at Douglas Elliman, said the home’s sellers—the children of the late couple who bought it in 1973 for $61,000—listed it for $1.89 million.

While the amount of the winning bid hasn’t been revealed, Bass tweeted that he was “heartbroken” that a corporate buyer wanted the house “at any cost.” On Tuesday Bass tweeted that he was pleased that HGTV had won the bidding war, saying, “kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again.”

HGTV will restore the 2,500-square-foot, two-story home, which backs up to the L.A. River, to the height of its 1970s appeal and will be used in future televised shows, Zaslav said.

The three-bedroom, three-bath home was used in exterior shots on “The Brady Bunch” television show, which aired from 1969 to 1974 before going into syndication. [LAT] — Laurie L. Dove