The home that served as one of the most famous exteriors in television is sold to a new owner!
Even though most of the hit TV series "The Golden Girls" was shot on a soundstage, the exterior shots of the home were filmed in Brentwood, California, several thousand miles away from the show's fictional Miami location. The residence closed on Friday for more than $1 million over the $3 million asking price — for a total of $4,000,260, a rep for Douglas Elliman real estate told TODAY.
The gorgeous California home, located at 245 N. Saltair Avenue in Los Angeles, boasts four bedrooms, and three and a half bathrooms. When it was listed last month, it garnered some major attention.
"There’s a whole slew of interest," said James Barry, the son of the home's original owners, at the time.
The home, built in 1955, spans nearly 3,000 square feet and sits on a quarter-acre of land. Inspired by mid-century Hawaiian architecture and design, the home was custom-designed and features a unique but timeless style.
Barry said that even though only the home's exterior was ever shown on the show, fans frequently stop by to take pictures.
"There were people here and there who would knock on the door and ask if the Golden Girls were there," he said, joking that his mother, who lived to be 90, might have been mistaken for one of the characters as she aged. "People took selfies, pictures ... Almost daily, I would say, people come by and do pictures and look at the house, even still. And a lot of them are young. A whole young generation has embraced the show."
Barry said that even though the front of the home was used for the show, he doesn't see many similarities between its interior and the set that "Golden Girls" was filmed on.
"The interior was nothing like the show’s interior," he said. "It’s a completely different set."
Called a "timeless expression of serene living" in the real estate listing, the home features ultra-high ceilings, walls of glass, and gorgeous clerestory windows, which fill the space with light. Throughout the home, sliding shoji screens allow for as much openness or privacy as one would prefer.
The kitchen looks like it would have been perfect on "Golden Girls," decked out in retro neons. The two sinks and turquoise Formica counters add a kitschy, colorful touch, and a small dining area overlooks the backyard.
Aside from the kitchen, the rest of the house artfully blends natural colors and textures to create a subtle, peaceful atmosphere. Original oak hardwood floors, still in perfect condition, run through the whole home.
According to the real estate listing, a "distinctive Japanese engawa, or perimeter aisle, borders the home" and eventually widens into a covered veranda in front of the living room.
Rachelle Rosten from Douglas Elliman has the listing.