STUDIO CITY (CBSLA/CNN) — After weeks of drama worthy of an episode of its TV namesake, the winning bidder for “The Brady Bunch” house has finally come forward.
It was revealed Tuesday morning that the cable network HGTV is the new owner of 11222 Dilling St. in Studio City, also known as the iconic house used for the exterior shots of the beloved 1970s series.
David Zaslav, chief executive officer of HGTV’s parent company Discovery, made the announcement during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, a spokeswoman told CNN.
“One example of our new project for HGTV will speak to those ‘Brady Bunch’ fans on the call. … You may have heard that the house from the iconic series was recently on the market in California,” Zaslav said. “I’m excited to share that HGTV is the winning bidder and we’ll restore the home to its 1970s glory as only HGTV can. More detail to come over the next few months, but we’ll bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history.”
HGTV later teased the purchase on Twitter: “Guess who has a big project planned for this iconic ’70s TV home? Watch for more clues, coming soon.”
The house was listed at a starting price of almost $1.9 million. The sale price has not been announced yet.
Former NSYNC member Lance Bass had taken to social media this week to express his disappointment at losing out on the house.
According to Bass, he was initially told his offer had been the winning one but later learned it had been rejected for a more lucrative offer from a then-unidentified corporate buyer.
“The next day, due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’ the same agent informed us that there’s another Corporate Buyer (Hollywood studio) who wants the house at any cost,” Bass wrote on an Instagram posting. “We were prepared to go even higher but totally discouraged by the sellers agent, they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources.”
On Tuesday, however, Bass tweeted his approval of the news.
“HGTV??! Aw man. I’d be pretty upset if it were anyone else, but how can you be mad at HGTV?? My television is stuck on that channel. Kudos HGTV, I know you will do the right thing with the house. That was always my biggest worry. I can smile again.”
“Featuring perfectly preserved 1970’s décor, it boasts one of the largest lots in the neighborhood — over 12,500 sq. ft.,” the description read on selling agent Ernie Carswell’s site. “Enormous, lush backyard gardens & lawn, completely private & serene. Located on a quiet residential block, property also borders the Los Angeles River, which is a unique street-to-river orientation.”
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