UPDATE: AUGUST 17, 2020 – After a month on the market, the L.A. house used for establishing shots on The Golden Girls has a new owner. Following what Entertainment Weekly describes as a bidding war involving at least 20 interested parties, the home sold for $4 million–just over a million more than the original asking price. Members of the family that purchased the home say they would like to remain anonymous, but state that they’re big fans of the house’s distinctive mid-century modern architecture. One thing they admit they’re not really fans of? The Golden Girls.
JULY 16, 2020 – You and your friends always say you want to retire to a big house together, just like the women on The Golden Girls, right? Well, now’s your chance. For the first time since it was constructed in 1955, the home used in the show’s opening establishing shot is up for sale. And, while the series took place in Miami Beach, the real-life house is right here in L.A.
In a 2014 story for Los Angeles about the filming location, Lindsay Blake described the real house–and a replica:
During the sitcom’s early seasons, a house at 245 N. Saltair Ave. in Brentwood was used for establishing shots of the Girls’ dwelling. An exact replica of that home’s façade was later built on Residential Street at Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in Orlando, Florida. That façade was used for exterior images of the ladies’ pad during the series’ later years and could be viewed (along with homes from other popular shows including the Weston family residence from The Golden Girls’ spinoff Empty Nest) during the Disney-MGM Studio Backlot Tour. Unfortunately, Residential Street and all of its sets were torn down in 2003 to make room for a new stunt show.
In real life, the property was designed by Hawaiian architecture firm Johnson and Perkins who built it as the custom “dream home” of the original owners, according to the listing from realtor Rachelle Rosten at Douglas Elliman.
The interior, which was not used on the show, has a an airy, modern appearance, influenced by Japanese design–and a kitchen that has plenty of kitschy-cute retro style. The four-bedroom home has a price tag that isn’t for the faint of heart (and certainly isn’t four ladies on fixed incomes): $2,999,999.
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