23 Unforgettable homes that housed your favorite fictional TV families

"Home Sweet Home": Today, we're taking you on a tour of the most memorable TV family homes that shaped our favorite shows.

Georgie Mihaila
17 Min Read
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Grab your remote, folks, because we’re about to flip through the channels on a nostalgic journey to visit the homes where our favorite TV families lived, laughed, and, let’s be real, sometimes threw down in epic style.

These aren’t just sets, but places that became almost as beloved as the characters themselves — and some of them are real-life homes that are equally charming today as when they graced our screens.

So today, we dive into the living rooms, kitchens, and occasionally bizarre basements of the houses that hosted some of TV’s most beloved families. Let’s take a closer look at each one:

The Tanner home in ‘Full House’

The real-life house featured on Full House and Fuller House is in San Francisco, at 1709 Broderick Street.
The real-life house featured on Full House and Fuller House is in San Francisco, at 1709 Broderick Street. Image credit: Google Maps

Who could forget the iconic San Francisco townhouse where Uncle Jesse’s hair somehow remained perfect? Set in the heart of San Francisco, the Tanner home is where life’s big lessons were learned among a mix-match family that taught us all about love, loss, and the importance of a good hair day.

The house’s Victorian architecture became as iconic as the show itself, with its red door welcoming countless visitors and the occasional rock star (looking at you, Uncle Jesse).

The house itself is as real as it gets, and was even owned by the series’ creator, Jeff Franklin. But conflicts on the set of the show’s sequel, Fuller House, led to Franklin’s firing, which prompted the producer to sell the iconic San Francisco house.

Jay and Gloria’s house in ‘Modern Family’

Jay and Gloria’s house in Modern Family. Photo credit: ABC / IMDB

The Pritchett-Delgado household? A mix of Colombian flair and Jay’s… well, old-school charm. This house saw it all: family barbecues, Manny’s poetic musings, and enough of Gloria’s screams to last a lifetime.

It too is quite real, with a Brentwood house serving as the main filming location for Jay and Gloria’s house. Fun fact: the house is also far larger than what we see onscreen.

Rory and Lorelei’s house in “Gilmore Girls”

Rory and Lorelai's house in Gilmore Girls
Rory and Lorelei’s pale blue Dutch colonial in Gilmore Girls. Photo credit: Netflix/Eric Charbonnea

Stars Hollow wouldn’t be the same without the Gilmore girls’ welcoming, coffee-scented abode. It was the perfect backdrop for marathon chats, drama, and, yes, mountains of takeout food.

Unfortunately, much like the rest of Stars Hollow, Lorelai and Rory’s beautiful pale blue Dutch colonial house isn’t a real house. The lovely family home we see throughout the show — including the Netflix revival, A Year In The Life — was a set built in the Warner Brothers studio.

‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ house

fresh prince of bel air house
The Banks mansion in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Photo credit: Airbnb

From the streets of Philly to the luxe laps of Bel-Air, Will Smith’s journey was rooted in the Banks family mansion. This house was a cultural melting pot, seeing Will bring his street-smart charm into the posh Banks lifestyle, creating unforgettable moments and teaching valuable lessons on family, race, and identity.

It was also one of the most impressive TV homes we’ve grown up with, so if you too dreamt about taking up residence here and crowning yourself as Bel-Air royalty, know that you weren’t alone. Too bad the house isn’t even in Bel-Air!

The Johnson house in ‘Black-ish’

The Johnsons house in Black-ish. Photo credit: IMDB / ABC

Andre and Rainbow Johnson’s home is where culture clashes and converges. It’s a space filled with vibrant personalities, tackling social issues with humor and heart.

Their home is a reflection of their success, challenges, and the complexities of navigating identity and societal expectations in modern America.

‘The Brady Bunch’ house

The Brady Bunch House in California
The Brady Bunch house in California. Photo credit: Jason Duplissea / Shutterstock

With its iconic staircase and open-plan living, the Brady home was the setting for this blended family’s adventures and misadventures. It was a house filled with love, laughter, and the occasional musical performance, embodying the spirit of the ‘70s and teaching us that family comes in all forms.

It’s also quite real — you’ll find it in Studio City, Calif. — and was brought back to life in recent years by expert renovators (including Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott) and came back to our screens to attract the largest audience in HGTV history.

The Conner family’s house in both ‘Roseanne’ & ‘The Conners’

Screen grab showing the exterior of the Conner house.
Screen grab showing the exterior of the Conner house. Photo credit: Peacock

The quintessential blue-collar home in Lanford, Illinois, where the Conners tackled life’s ups and downs with grit, humor, and a lot of love. This house, with its iconic afghan-covered couch, was the setting for discussions on working-class struggles, family dynamics, and the changing American landscape.

While you won’t find it anywhere near Illinois, this iconic TV home is real too — and currently on the market. Located in Evansville, Ind., the four-bedroom home has 2,360 square feet and is listed for a modest $225,000.

The Arnold house in ‘The Wonder Years’

The Arnold house in "The Wonder Years", with the Arnolds standing in front, on the driveway, with the car visible behind them.
The Arnold house, The Wonder Years. Photo credit: ABC

Kevin Arnold’s childhood home was a window to the past, offering viewers a nostalgic glimpse of suburban life in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s.

Through the eyes of a boy coming of age, this house was a character in its own right, witnessing first loves, family squabbles, and the bittersweet moments of growing up.

The Forman house in ‘That ’70s Show’

Inside the Forman house in That '70s Show, with actors Kurtwood Smith, Topher Grace sitting at the table, having breakfast and grabbing the last pancake.
Inside the Forman house in That ’70s Show. Photo credit: IMDB

The Forman’s basement was the ultimate teenage hangout, where Eric, Donna, Kelso, Jackie, Hyde, and Fez shared their dreams, schemes, and the occasional illicit substance.

Above ground, the house was a snapshot of the ‘70s, complete with shag carpets and a strict but loving Red and Kitty.

The Winslow home in ‘Family Matters’

Inside the Winslow home from Family Matters, with the main characters talking, with the staircase visible in the back.
Inside the Winslow home from Family Matters. Photo credit: Amazon

The Chicago residence of the Winslows was where Steve Urkel’s infamous “Did I do that?” became a catchphrase for the ages.

This home was a sitcom classic, embodying the essence of family, friendship, and the unexpected joys and challenges that come with both.

The Tanner residence in ‘ALF’

Inside the Tanner house in Alf. Photo credit: IMDB

When the Tanner family opened their home to a wise-cracking alien from Melmac, their suburban life turned into an intergalactic sitcom.

ALF’s antics brought chaos, comedy, and cosmic insights into the human condition, all from the comfort of their living room.

Charlie’s beach house in ‘Two and a Half Men’

Charlie’s house in Two and A Half Men. Photo credit: IMDB

Charlie Harper’s beachfront Malibu home was the envy of every bachelor — before turning into more of a Full House with the arrival of his brother and nephew — and the site of endless shenanigans, heart-to-hearts, and the odd existential crisis.

This house saw characters come and go, grow, and regress, all while providing stunning views and a couch that probably needed a good deep clean.

Bree Van de Kamp’s house on ‘Desperate Housewives’

Exterior of Bree Van De Kamp's house on Desperate Housewives, a blue colonial with an arched entrance and many flowers planted in front.
Exterior of Bree Van De Kamp’s house on Desperate Housewives. Photo credit: ABC

In the picture-perfect lanes of Wisteria Lane stood Bree’s home, a symbol of outward perfection and inner turmoil. The house’s manicured lawn and flawless facade hid secrets, lies, and the occasional dead body, serving as a reminder that in suburban paradise, nothing is as it seems.

Much like the other Desperate Housewives houses, Bree’s elegant abode is part of Universal Studios’ Colonial Street filming set, where countless other productions have been filmed.

Don Draper’s suburban home in ‘Mad Men’

January Jones and Jon Hamm in Mad Men, in a scene filmed in the kitchen
Photo credit: IMDB

In the picturesque suburbs, the Draper home was a façade of perfection.

With its manicured lawns and stylish decor, it harbored discontent and the unraveling threads of Don and Betty’s marriage, mirroring the tumultuous undercurrents of the ‘60s.

The Camden family home in ‘7th Heaven’

Image credit: CBS

In the heart of Glenoak, the Camden house was a beacon of morality, where Reverend Camden, his wife Annie, and their seven children navigated the trials and tribulations of life.

This home was a sanctuary of lessons learned, forgiveness, and the enduring strength of family ties.

‘The Sopranos’ house

tony soprano in the pool feeding ducks
Photo credit: HBO

Tony Soprano’s New Jersey mansion was as complex and conflicted as the man himself.

A symbol of Tony’s attempts to balance his mob life with family duties, the house was a fortress of secrets, a luxury cage for his family, and the setting for some of the series’ most pivotal moments.

And the real-life New Jersey house pictured on the show has become a pilgrimage site of sorts for the series’ die-hard fans.

Walter White’s house in ‘Breaking Bad’

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The unassuming Albuquerque home of the Whites transformed from a symbol of middle-class struggle to a monument of Walter White’s dark descent into Heisenberg. It’s where the lines between right and wrong blurred, and where the consequences of Walter’s actions hit closest to home.

As it turns out, Walter White’s house in ‘Breaking Bad’ is an actual home in Albuquerque, but beware — visitors are not welcome. The constant influx of Breaking Bad fans became too much for the homeowners to handle, so they reportedly decided to install a 6-foot-high, wrought-iron fence around the yard. 

Meredith’s house in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

the real-life meredith grey house in seattle
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What started as Ellis Grey’s home became a sanctuary for Meredith and her fellow surgeons (and the generations that followed, even after her departure from the show).

It’s a place of refuge, romance, and sometimes, sorrow, reflecting the turbulent lives of its inhabitants. Through every storm, it stood as a testament to the resilience and the power of chosen family.

Keep reading: Tracking down both Meredith Grey’s house and the Dream House Derek built for her on Grey’s Anatomy

The Fisher family house and funeral home in ‘Six Feet Under’

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The Fisher home served dual purposes: a family residence and a funeral home, blending the personal with the professional in the most intimate way.

It was a place where life’s end was a daily business, yet it also hosted life’s milestones: love, birth, and the bonds that keep a family together, in death as in life.

The Byrde lake house in Ozark

scene showing the Byrde family in front of their house in the Ozark TV show on Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Said to be located on the shores of the Lake of the Ozarks, the Byrde family home is as picturesque as it is pivotal. Initially a symbol of a fresh start for Marty and his family, it quickly becomes a center of laundering operations and intense family drama.

Surrounded by dark waters and darker secrets, this home serves as a stark contrast to the Byrdes’ increasingly murky moral waters. Inside its walls, the tension is almost tangible, with each room echoing the choices that lead them deeper into chaos and danger. This house isn’t just a place of residence; it’s a crucial player in the dangerous game the Byrdes play.

But don’t go looking for it anywhere near the Ozarks; the house is actually located in Georgia.

The Byers house in ‘Stranger Things’

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In the sleepy town of Hawkins, the Byers home is where the strange became the norm. From Will’s disappearance to Joyce’s communication with him through a string of Christmas lights, this house is a beacon of the supernatural, the unexplained, and the strength of a mother’s love.

One of the many real-life houses Stranger Things filmed at, the Byers home is currently being turned into a vacation rental — and fans can even buy shares in the future rental business.

The Halliwell manor in ‘Charmed’

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More than just a Victorian beauty in San Francisco, the Halliwell Manor was a stronghold of magic, mystery, and sisterhood.

It was the center of the Charmed Ones’ battles against evil, a home that saw love bloom and battles won, echoing the power of family and legacy.

Related: Is the Practical Magic House Real? A Throwback to the Magical Movie House that Bewitched Us All!

The Simpsons house

The Simpsons house reimagined in real life. Image credit: Angi
 Image credit: Angi

While we’ve avoided adding cartoon series homes to our article, 2307 Evergreen Terrace is not just any TV home, it’s a cultural icon — and we simply couldn’t leave it off our list.

Housing America’s favorite animated family, the Simpsons home is a battleground of hilarity, chaos, and heart, where Homer’s shenanigans and Marge’s sighs are as much a staple as the couch everyone collapses onto during the opening credits.

Each of these homes holds a special place in our hearts (and our binge-watching schedules). They’ve been the backdrop for countless moments that made us laugh, cry, and sometimes cringe. So, here’s to these iconic TV homes—thanks for the memories, and keep the porch light on for us.

And if you can think of another memorable TV home that deserves a spot on our list, drop a note in the comments — and we’ll be quick to add it.

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With a decade-long career as a digital content creator, Georgie started out as a real estate journalist for Multi-Housing News & CPExecutive. She later transitioned into digital marketing, working with leading real estate websites like PropertyShark, RENTCafé and Point2Homes. After a brief but impactful stint in the start-up world, where she led the marketing divisions of fintech company NestReady and media publisher Goalcast, Georgie returned to her first passion, real estate, and founded FancyPantsHomes.com