My Retro TV Home

upstairs found here

Not too long ago, Joe over at 70's child posted the Brady Bunch home floor plan. I have spent basically my entire life envisioning my days in the Brady abode, so this was quite a find.

Well, it got me trying to determine which TV home I'd most want to live in - not just for the layout, but also location and other amenities. I could easily just choose the mansions from Silver Spoons and The Beverly Hillbillies, but they don't appeal to me that much. Also, the large suburban home like on Bewitched and The Partridge Family is not a whole lot different than my own house, and thus not very exciting. So, with much deliberation here's my top five.

1. The Jetsons (floor plans found here)
The future was definitely fab. A circular home in a space-age sky rise with all the modern conveniences you could dream up. I'd have to remove Rosie the robot's battery, she drives me nuts. But, otherwise, this is the ultimate dream home.

2. Family Affair
Posh bachelor pad condo overlooking NYC complete with gentleman's manservant. Do I need to go on?

3. The Bob Newhart Show
Can't really explain it - but Bob's Chicago home calls my name. It certainly appeals to me more than his later Vermont Bed & Breakfast. I'm a sucker for the retro condo. The rustic side of me would go for the Little House on the Prairie home for a while, but would come crawling back to the urban sprawl in a matter of days.

4. The Brady Bunch
Who cares about the Jack & Jill bathroom (sans commode) shared between six kids. The maid quarters, step down study/den, cozy TV room with access to private backyard, nice CA neighborhood... it's no wonder the kids made the house look haunted to ward off buyers!

5. I Dream of Jeannie
Major Nelson was one lucky SOB: an astronaut living in a killer 1960's Coco Beach home with a sexy genie. It doesn't get much better than that.


  1. Me? I just always wanted to hang out in Jeannie's bottle! Groovy, baby!

  2. When I was a kid, I really wanted a house like the Brady Bunch. I did grow up in a pretty cool house. It was built in 1970. It burned down in the early 80's. As I got older, I really loved the pad on I Dream of Jeannie. That's what I wanted. Have a cool weekend. Cheers!

  3. This is kinda hard because I haven't watched enough TV, or watched the old shows recently enough. I like the Arts and Crafts house on Numb3rs, MacGyver was living in a ... what do you call those places with the giant telescopes? I know that the Brady house would probably be #1. I like the round house idea, Deltec Homes makes a sort of round house today.

  4. I liked the Brady's house, but I also liked the Bewitched house a lot, too. Or the Munsters' mansion!

  5. I'm not sure I'd go for the Jetsons' home. Too much of a chance of a stray asteroid crashing through the place.
    Give me the Brady house any day.

  6. When I was 6 and thought that I could grow up to be Greg Brady my parents told me we were moving out of our apartment to a new house. I was sure it was the Brady's house. Imagine my disappointment when it was the bottom of a duplex without any of the awesome features of the Brady House. No attic to make a bedroom, no walk down study, no maid or maid's quarters, no awesome wood panelling, no sunken living room. Still not over it!

  7. Anyone remember John Forsythe's swingin' retro lair in the TV show "Bachelor Father"? That deserves to be on the list simply for the prominent fully stocked wet bar.

    The "Three's Company" pad wouldn't be too bad either - close to the beach and the Regal Beagle. Of course, neighbors Larry and Lana might get annoying...and the landlord is a bit overbearing.

  8. I kind of like the Munsters house, but I see a major renovation/restoration job there. It's gonna cost money, but what a great Victorian house! :)

  9. NICE! I would have a tough time picking between the Newharts' pad and Major Nelson's love shack.

  10. I was watching I Dream of Jeannie the other day and thinking how cool her Master's pad was. Now I'm going to hafta check out Bob Newhart's some more. At least he got to live there when the Sears Tower was still the Sears Tower.

  11. So Gilligan, since you're a huge retro fan, check this site out:
    It's been around for a few years. I visit often.

  12. Yeah, Major Nelson's pad was cool, but even better was Jeannie's groovy comfy bottle with all the pillows.

    By the way, in the real town of Cocoa Beach, Florida, where the real life astronauts stayed during the early years of the space program, the actually is a street called "I Dream of Jeannie Street." (or maybe is Drive.)