Brady Bunch exterior

In real life, this was the Carson family home -- but then it hit television as "The Brady Bunch" house, and it's been the destination for fans ever since.

As part of an ongoing series, we asked local interior designer Janine Arnesen-Nolt, of Arneson Nolt Interiors: What television or movie interior inspires you? To see why she chose this iconic California home, click here.

And here's the real-life story of her pick:

When Luther Carson built his San Fernando Valley, California, home in the late 1950s, he hardly could have imagined that millions of people would instantly recognize its image decades later.

But thanks to producers of "The Brady Bunch," who scouted for and picked the real-life house for exterior shots because it looked relatable, Carson's home formed an indelible image for a generation of television watchers. In a 1994 Los Angeles Times article (written, coincidentally enough, by a journalist named David Brady), series creator Sherwood Schwartz is quoted as saying the Carson house was a perfect fit because it looked like something an architect (Mr. Brady) would live in.

By the time Schwartz and his producers were in the planning stages of the show, Carson had passed away and his widow, Louise Weddington Carson, gave permission to use the exterior of the two-bedroom split-level as the "Brady home." Crews were used to add a false window to create the illusion of a "second story" to the house. All the interior scenes were shot on the Paramount Television soundstage, and all the exterior views of the home ever used were filmed before the show ever debuted.

Want to buy?: According to the real estate data and valuation website Zillow, it's appreciated quite nicely: Sold for $61,000 in 1973, its estimated worth now is $1.48 million.

Where can you find it?: 11222 Dilling St., North Hollywood, California.


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