How Much Famous TV Houses Cost in Real Life


From the Addams Family’s dilapidated mansion to the Walsh’s modest pad with a 90210 zip code, it’s hard to imagine television’s most famous families without picturing their fictional abodes. But have you ever wondered whether your favorite TV characters, like Seinfeld’s Kramer, could actually afford their often overly swanky pads given what a series’ narrative tells us about their professional lives? Well, the pop culture-loving real estate experts at Trulia have. And, using area comps, have produced a fascinating graphic to put a price on some of television’s most iconic domiciles.

The most interesting things we learned from it?

Modern Family’s lovable goofball Phil Dunphy must be selling a whole lot of prime real estate to keep his family so comfortably ensconced in their Westside Los Angeles home, which sold for $2,150,000 a year ago.

There’s no way the two-bedroom North Hollywood home used for the exteriors of The Brady Bunch could fit the entire six-kid clan, not to mention Alice, Tiger, and that occasional jinx of a cousin, Oliver. Also, architecture may not be as lucrative a gig for Mike Brady as one might expect; the house is currently valued at just over $552,000.

Finally, most people would have to be California dreaming in order to foot the bill for the $5,821,100 it would cost to live in Sandy and Kirsten Cohen’s palatial oceanfront digs in The O.C. That’s including Ryan’s pool house. Yet the house, which was supposedly in Newport Beach, is actually in Malibu, making it part of Los Angeles County, not Orange County—and therefore making the whole series a lie.

Browse on for some more interesting real estate tidbits from The Gilmore Girls, Roseanne, The Sopranos, and more.

Infographic courtesy of Trulia
George Washington’s Incredible Hair Routine

America's Founding Fathers had some truly defining locks, but we tend to think of those well-coiffed white curls—with their black ribbon hair ties and perfectly-managed frizz—as being wigs. Not so in the case of the main man himself, George Washington.

As Robert Krulwich reported at National Geographic, a 2010 biography on our first president—Washington: A Life, by Ron Chernow—reveals that the man “never wore a wig.” In fact, his signature style was simply the result of an elaborately constructed coiffure that far surpasses most morning hair routines, and even some “fancy” hair routines.

The style Washington was sporting was actually a tough look for his day. In the late 18th century, such a hairdo would have been worn by military men.

While the hair itself was all real, the color was not. Washington’s true hue was a reddish brown color, which he powdered in a fashion that’s truly delightful to imagine. George would (likely) don a powdering robe, dip a puff made of silk strips into his powder of choice (there are a few options for what he might have used), bend his head over, and shake the puff out over his scalp in a big cloud.

To achieve the actual ‘do, Washington kept his hair long and would then pull it back into a tight braid or simply tie it at the back. This helped to showcase the forehead, which was very in vogue at the time. On occasion, he—or an attendant—would bunch the slack into a black silk bag at the nape of the neck, perhaps to help protect his clothing from the powder. Then he would fluff the hair on each side of his head to make “wings” and secure the look with pomade or good old natural oils.

To get a better sense of the play-by-play, check out the awesome illustrations by Wendy MacNaughton that accompany Krulwich’s post.

"American Mall," Bloomberg
Unwinnable Video Game Challenges You to Keep a Shopping Mall in Business
"American Mall," Bloomberg
"American Mall," Bloomberg

Shopping malls, once the cultural hub of every suburb in America, have become a punchline in the e-commerce era. There are plenty of malls around today, but they tend to be money pits, considering the hundreds of "dead malls" haunting the landscape. Just how hard is it to keep a mall afloat in the current economy? American Mall, a new video game from Bloomberg, attempts to give an answer.

After choosing which tycoon character you want as your stand-in, you're thrown into a mall—rendered in 1980s-style graphics—already struggling to stay in business. The building is filled with rats and garbage you have to clean up if you want to keep shoppers happy. Every few seconds you're contacted by another store owner begging you to lower their rent, and you must either take the loss or risk them packing up for good. When stores are vacated, it's your job to fill them, but it turns out there aren't too many businesses interested in setting up shop in a dying mall.

You can try gimmicks like food trucks and indoor playgrounds to keep customers interested, but in the end your mall will bleed too much money to support itself. You can try playing the bleak game for yourself here—maybe it will put some of the retail casualties of the last decade into perspective.

[h/t Co.Design]


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