Iconic California House “Golden Girls” Hits Market for the First Time


By Mae Hamilton | Variety

For the first time in 65 years, the Los Angeles house made famous by the American sitcom “The Golden Girls” has officially entered the market, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. The property is currently asking for just under $ 3 million, a lot of money for a structure of less than 3,000 square feet. But as Blanche (Rue McClanahan) might put it in her trailing Southern signature, that’s just the price to pay for being a home of devastating beauty.

Fans of the series will recognize the house as that of Blanche who, after her husband’s death, invited a few friends to come and live with her and keep her company. Although the scenes that took place inside the house were shot on a set, the exterior shots of the house that became synonymous with the hit series were of an actual private residence. (A perfect replica of the house once resided at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but was demolished for space in 2003.)

Located in the upscale Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home features four bedrooms and 3.5 baths on approximately 2,900 square feet. The structure’s unique architecture is best described as a tasteful mix of Japanese and Hawaiian plantation styles, and it was built in 1955 by SoCal attorney Edison David Noble Barry III and his wife Margaret Carr Barry, after to have been inspired by the mid-century modern home that David’s father owned in Hawaii. The couple lived in the LA digs for over 60 years, until their respective deaths in 2017 and 2019; the property is now sold through a trust.

Besides being passionate about architecture and design, the former owners of the house apparently also dabbled in the collection of exotic plants. The grounds of the property are dotted with unusual species of palm trees, and the lush landscaping includes several eye-catching tropical specimens. Around the perimeter of the house is a Japanese engawa, a wraparound porch, which connects to the house’s veranda at the back, which provides the perfect place to relax during the hot summer months. The “Golden Girls” scouts were first drawn to the house’s flourishing flora, as it gave off more of a Miami vibe than most properties in the Los Angeles area. The Barries agreed to have their house featured on the show for a small fee and loved having their famous house seen on a national platform, although they apparently weren’t fans of the sitcom and didn’t. not watched the show.

The cottage interiors have never been shown in “The Golden Girls” and stand in stark contrast to the pink and wicker aesthetic of the series. Inside there are Mid-Century style glass walls, generously large slatted windows, and wood-beamed ceilings, all of which contribute to the house’s quintessentially SoCal indoor / outdoor living atmosphere. . Eclectic sliding shoji screens are used throughout the home as room dividers, giving interiors a tranquil, zen feel. Although most of the floors in the house were once carpeted, they have recently been removed to reveal an original hardwood floor underneath.

The kitchen is perhaps the most unique area of ​​the house; With its cabinets painted in shades of avocado green, robin egg blue, buttercup yellow and topped with turquoise formica counters, the room recalls a simpler and technicolor era. Although the space is much more colorful than that of “The Golden Girls” set, it’s still not hard to imagine Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche sharing a cake – and the latest juicy gossip – at the table. after a long day.

The entry is owned by Rachelle Rosten of Douglas Elliman.


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