Here’s the story of a pay television channel whose world-famous Studio City home as seen in “The Brady Bunch” sold for $3.2 million — 42 percent less than its asking price.
HGTV, a unit of Burbank-based Warner Bros., sold the 5,100-square-foot ranch house made famous by the TV show about a blended family in the 1970s at 11222 Dilling Street, the Orange County Register reported. In May, it listed for $5.5 million.
The buyer was Tina Trahan, a collector of art and historic homes and wife of former HBO chief Chris Albrecht. She may use the iconic house for fundraising or charity events, according to the Wall Street Journal.
She might convert the garage into a living quarters for overnight guests, brokers say. Other than that, she has no plans to alter the home.
“My view is it really is a collectible for her, and if you bring in anything modern, it ruins it,” said Marcy Roth of the Eklund Gomes team at Douglas Elliman, who along with Fredrick Eklund, represented Trahan in the deal. Danny Brown of Compass held the listing.
It was in 2018 when the celebrity house came up for sale for the first time in nearly a half-century and sparked a bidding war that involved singer Lance Bass of ‘Nsync fame, but which HGTV won.
The network paid $3.5 million, 86 percent more than its $1.9 million asking price. It sold the home for 9 percent less than it paid for it.
The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home, built in 1959, was meticulously rebuilt and designed by HGTV to replicate the set of the home from the beloved 1970s sitcom.
There’s no mistaking the floating staircase, burnt orange and avocado green kitchen and Jack-n-Jill bathroom between the kids’ bedrooms.
A swing set, teeter-totter and Tiger’s dog house dominate the backyard. The home’s contents were included in the sale.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of the home will go to “Turn Up! Fight Hunger,” a partnership between Warner Bros. Discovery and No Kid Hungry to end childhood hunger in the U.S.
As part of the renovation, HGTV sank $1.9 million and added 2,000 square feet to the home, which fed Bradymania.
More than 28 million viewers tuned into “A Very Brady Renovation” to watch actors who played the six Brady kids reunite and turn the home into a replica of the original TV set. They returned to the renovated house for a holiday special.
— Dana Bartholomew