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.


Now here’s a home to cool you off. You’ll be wearing a sweater up here tonight and totally chilling on beautiful, crystal clear Lake Hayden. (You are about 45 miles east of Spokane, but who cares?) This amazing home has 142′ of deepwater frontage on one of the largest lots in an area known as English Point, only a 1/4 mile hike from National & State Forests. The huge, 4100 square foot plus, three bedroom home was built in 1960 and has a Brady Bunch quality about it, but is a contemporary northwest waterfront masterpiece completely (and tastefully) remodeled in 2009. Talk about family get-togethers: the open floor plan has dinner seating for 28 people! Absolute 180 degree waterfront views. The main house has an exercise spa and pilates room, as if swimming won’t be enough exercise. To recover, go fetch a bottle or two from the wine cellar. There are three separate buildings total, all with lake views, boat docks amd a charming guest home which I’d take right about now! The home is listed at $1, 350,000 but from what I’ve read, the whole state of Idaho is one big fire sale. Nearest airport would be Spokane, but you could always fly into the FBO at Coeur D’Alene.

Update: I’m told they are having a heat wave in Hayden today: 91 degrees. It’s freezing!