From 1969 to 1974, the Brady Bunch was America’s family. The show was originally a reaction to creator Sherwood Schwartz reading that a third of American marriages contained children from previous relationships. But as we learned well after the show ended, the Brady’s were more American than we knew. Patriarch Mike Brady actor Robert Reed was a closeted gay man who’d had his own sham marriage. Alice the maid was played by long-rumored lesbian Ann B. Davis. Meanwhile, the various Brady children over the years have struggled with drugs, alcohol, hair plugs, homophobic tirades, and a lot of reality TV.

The 1959 Brady Bunch house, at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California, ignited a bidding war after being listed for the first time since 1973. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has 2,477 square feet on nearly a third of an acre. Priced at $1.885 million, its fame pushed the listing price a third more than neighboring comps. The bidding war included Lance Bass and Miley Cyrus, who’d bid waaaay above the already fame-inflated asking price. Bass tweeted he’d gotten the home over the weekend only to retract that statement in a last-minute twist. As of this writing, the home has reportedly been purchased by an unnamed Hollywood studio willing to pay any price for the home.

UPDATE: It’s been revealed that HGTV is the buyer of the home. Parent company Discovery networks made the announcement on their earning call early this morning (8/7). The most likely scenario will be a show following the renovation and restoration of the home. Will the home then be flipped or wind up as an HGTV Giveaway home?

Being Hollywood, the home, like the show’s actors, offers a different reality to its “America’s family” façade.

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All photos courtesy of Mark Singer Photography

It’s been a rock and roll December here on SecondShelters.com starting with Sammy Hagar’s Maui retreat showcased at the beginning of the month.  Now it’s time to have a look at Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie’s (the “Mc” in Fleetwood Mac) Honolulu estate.  So sit back and listen to the wind blow, watch the sun rise … and set … at 3124 Noela Drive on the slopes of Diamond Head (map).

First, let’s talk Noela Drive.  It’s a semi-secret, dead-end road of just 16 super-private homes. Half the homes literally have a volcano as their backyard. Looky-Lous don’t go up there because they don’t know about it and besides, almost all you can see are gates. A $5 million budget might elicit a polite titter. When I spoke with McVie’s listing agent Patricia Choi, she summed up Noela Drive as where you buy and die. Sales are rare.  When buyers ask what’s available she often says “nothing”, with McVie’s home, she can say “one” … but only for a little while.

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Nine years before Sammy Hagar purchased nearly 10 acres on Maui, he helped pen Why Can’t This Be Love for Van Halen’s “5150” album, perhaps presaging the purchase. It was the band’s first album featuring Hagar, who had replaced David Lee Roth.  Oddly enough, it was about this time that I’d run into Hagar at the Versace store in Chicago.

A friend and I were upstairs in the men’s department trying on fabulous, though gawd-awful-expensive clothes we had no hope of buying. All the while, our salesman/friend plied us with (free) champagne from the store’s bar. A fun Saturday.  Hagar and entourage came in and set up shop at the other end of the room.  We were laughing and carrying on while another salesman helped them.  A very staid group, they kept looking over, we assumed wondering who the heck we were. Being more Eurythmics than Van Halen, we didn’t really pay them any mind.  Such was life at 24.

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Sit back, relax, and drink in the views. With the timelessness of a European masterpiece, 1548 Via La Favorita affords a rare combination of exquisite natural beauty atop a dreamy 230 acres, in a private secluded location just minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts.

“This is a truly timeless legacy estate that is perched atop vast and pristine acreage with unsurpassed views of every sought-after mountain range in the Vail Valley,” says co-listing agent Malia Cox Nobrega who represents the property alongside Barbara Scrivens – both from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Where do you find a 1972 Palm Springs modern, erected by original owner and international opera singer Willa Stewart, that is both relevant and alluring in 2017 with an “Elvis meets Kuwait” styling and hosted the likes of American musical and cultural icon Frank Zappa? Only in Austin.

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West Creek Ranch in Gateway, Colo., is currently listed for $149 million. Photo Credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty.

Recognized as one of the most significant listings in the American West, West Creek Ranch is “the place where the earth opens up to tell its story,” and it could be yours for $149 million. Currently owned by The Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, West Creek Ranch is a private retreat like no other, presenting a collection of some of the most enduring and treasured natural geological wonders in the canyonlands of the American West.

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849 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, is currently listed for $2.5 million by Dominic Labriola and Tara Hotchkis. (Photo: Mercer Vine)

Towering high above Downtown Los Angeles’ Historic Theatre District, as if part of a private, secluded club, sits an incredible three-bedroom, three-bathroom designer showcase that’s ripe for the picking, and we couldn’t be more enamored. Ideal for those living bi-coastal, working in Hollywood, or simply hunting for a hip and trendy LA crash pad, this 2,810-square-foot Art Deco gem in the Eastern Columbia Building is everything.

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In 1962, Jed Clampett and family moved from the Ozarks to Beverly Hills after oil was discovered on their land.  So started one of the most endearing television sagas of all time lasting nine seasons and 274 episodes.  In truth, the Kirkeby Mansion was built in 1933 by Arnold Kirkeby who built a chain of 16 upscale hotels. His first property was Chicago’s Drake Hotel and also included the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.  The architect was Sumner Spaulding and has an 18th century French Neoclassical design ethos. Other movies using the mansion include Mame and Cinderfella.

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