We all have our favourites, sure, but we all have that one TV home that we secretly always wished we could live in. Some of us wanted the security of the Simpsons’ house because back when The Simpsons knew how to draw on a heartstring or two, this house made us feel safe. Or, we wanted Carrie’s apartment in New York because even she knew that it was rent-controlled and she was on to a good thing, even with her impossibly non-existent income as a weekly columnist.
$1,500,000 – $1,650,000
This four bedroom family home (featuring a master bedroom with ensuite) in a quiet and friendly street features a spacious traditional dining room, both a lounge and an entertaining room, a stylish 70’s-era kitchen that can provide an easy cosmetic renovation for those looking to quickly add value and an extensive back and front yard big enough for a trampoline, a pool or even a barn.
Yes, that spare room on the ground floor of the Simpsons family residence is not a trick. It made an appearance in one or two episodes (Season 2, Episode 21 and Season 5, Episode 21 to be exact). Living on a single income, the Simpsons have never hidden from the fact that their finances were tight, and if they were a modern family (no reference to the eponymous TV show) they would undoubtedly be classified as risky borrowers, susceptible to a shift in interest rates or a major threat to their sole income. Homer once took on multiple jobs so Lisa could have a pony, but in reality, he would probably be taking on those jobs either way just to make sure they were buffered from any major changes to their finances today.
Frasier Krane’s Home
This three bedroom, light-filled and airy bedroom has been home to a celebrity and staple of the media, meaning only those with an appreciation for unpassable views and modernist stylings will fully appreciate what it has to offer. All three bedrooms come with an ensuite, while a beautifully-designed bathroom sits close to the main entrance for guests. The master bedroom features a centered bed and stunning views of the city skyline as well as an extensive walk in robe.
This was the favourite for many watching TV back in the 90’s. Frasier Krane’s home seemed to reek of success, whether it was because of the original (and you know it was an original) Eames chair, the expensive carpet or the heavy use of wood throughout, whether it be in the kitchen, the flooring or in the stunning central pillar that guides movement around the apartment.
While it was just a studio apartment, Roz Doyle’s place had a similarly airy and homely quality to it, were it not for the leopard-print bed covers.
This two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in the West Village is a New Yorker’s dream. Beautiful timber beams frame an open plan kitchen that looks onto a spacious living room that itself has its original early 20th-century window frames looking out to a traditional Manhattan vista. Make this as cozy or as modern in design as you like, the open plan nature of this apartment leaves itself primed for your tastes.
If the flash nature of Frasier Krane’s apartment never did it for you, perhaps Monica’s apartment in New York was more your style. Whether it was that brave use of purple and teal on the walls or the fact that everything in the apartment looked huggable, this was an apartment to make you just want to wrap a throw around yourself, pour a cup of tea and read a book on a rainy day.
The Brady Bunch
A mid-century dream. This three bedroom home features a study, open-plan and double-height lounge as well as recreation room. With stonework throughout, this is the perfect investment for a family looking to make small cosmetic renovations to bring it into the 21st century. A perfect example of Californian modern architecture, this won’t stay on the market for long.
Who knows how six kids were expected to share two bedrooms without serious altercations, were it not for the cult-like calm that exuded from the Brady parents from the moment they woke up to the moment they shut their eyes at night. Those who had a tiny feeling inside that they liked good design and were perhaps interested in architecture were undoubtedly drawn to this home when they watched the show as kids. Regardless of some of the materials and colours, this home was an incredible piece of architecture and a great example of a particular moment in home design in America.
Don Draper’s NYC apartment
This three bedroom modernist apartment in leafy Greenwich Village is one for the ages. Some things are timeless and the subtle styling of this apartment is as stylish as a Swiss watch. The lowered flooring gives a whole new meaning to the idea of lounging and makes for a relaxing entertaining spot, while the views are enough to make anyone dizzy.
There is no sane individual out there who wouldn’t want this apartment. Perhaps apart from Malcolm Turnbull’s Central Park extravaganza, this is a quintessential NYC apartment thanks both to the show it featured in as well as the immaculate attention that has been given to its interior design. Forget about Frasier Krane’s city bachelor pad, this is the one.
Round The Twist
An honourable mention has to go to the non-existent home inside the Split Point Lighthouse at Aireys Inlet. You had to have strong knees and dispositions to get up the stairs just to the first bedroom for this supposed four-bedroom home (plus a haunted spare room). This was a home for those of us who knew that city life might not be for us. Maybe we would live in the city for a while, but one day, somehow, we would live in that lighthouse. But then again, some of us actually did just that.