"The Brady Bunch" house has been sold. It’s the actual house seen in the television show from the 1970s. It is located in the Los Angeles area.
If you are upset you missed out because maybe you would have wanted to buy the house, you need to know these five facts:
1. The listing price was $1.9 million.
2. Lance Bass of the former pop group NSYNC was outbid.
3. Apparently Lance Bass still has some dough. Just not enough.
4. The winning bid came from the cable network HGTV.
5. Reportedly, HGTV paid more than the listing price and plans to use the house for a renovation show.
At this point you’re probably thinking that you never really wanted to own "The Brady Bunch" house in the first place.
Besides, if you live there you would never have any privacy. Gawkers go by the home all the time to take pictures of it. In fact, according to the listing "The Brady Bunch" home is the second most photographed home in America after the White House.
Who knows how true that is. But I’m sure a ton of people go there. Why is another question. It’s not as if the Los Angeles area is lacking in more interesting things to do. Isn’t Knotts Berry Farm still around?
The crazy part is the house became iconic based on one short film clip. I assume during the show’s run they used a single exterior shot each and every time. It’s Southern California, it’s not as if they needed to take seasonal changes into consideration.
The exterior shot of the home was used to establish where the action was next taking place. This is a common technique used more often in the past when television producers figured the average viewer couldn’t keep up without it.
They believed without this visual cue a sudden scene change showing Alice cooking in a kitchen, for instance, might confuse viewers. Some might wonder if Alice was now cooking for some other family in some other house. Or maybe she finally married that butcher friend of hers and is cooking in her own home but continued dressing like a maid.
Viewers in the 1970s were not as sophisticated as today’s audiences. Today a show might jump from scene to scene with no warning.
Some shows will even bounce back and forth in time using flashbacks, or in and out of reality using fantasy sequences. It can be exhausting just trying to keep up.
It turns out, the harder a show is to follow the more awards it will be nominated for.
If you could create a show that starts out being about a mob family from 1950s New Jersey and three episodes later the action is taking place in Middle Earth and involves trolls and ogres with British accents, then you will clean up on Emmy night.
But in the 1970s most people still had trouble following a straight plot line. To avoid losing anybody, every scene change included an establishment shot. The front of the Brady Bunch house was used several times each episode.
As a result, that house has been seared into the minds of "Brady Bunch" fans worldwide.
Still, does this explain why so many people flock to see the house every year? Why the house sold for more than asking? Or why Lance Bass still has money?
It doesn’t even explain why on the show six kids had to share two bedrooms and one bathroom. And yet Mr. Brady was supposedly an architect.
You would think a real architect could have designed an addition to the house.
Lee lives in Medway. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.