11 Surprising Facts About The Brady Bunch House

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The Brady Bunch Show - A Very Brady Renovation, "A Very Brady Contest"
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In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, The Brady Bunch made viewers involuntarily hum its insanely catchy theme song, and nearly 50 years later, the iconic show has come back into view with an incredible renovation. In August 2018, HGTV purchased the house—located at 11222 Dilling Street in Studio City, California through Douglas Elliman Real Estate—and fully renovated it into a replica of the original TV set.

Now, the network is giving one lucky winner the chance to “live like a Brady” with “A Very Brady Contest.” Now through September 11 at 5 p.m. ET, fans can submit a 30 to 90 second video sharing why they deserve to the win the ultimate fan prize. It includes, a six-night stay at the Brady Bunch house with six guests from December 9 to 15, 2019. There will also be coach roundtrip airfare provided for everyone, a curated LA tourist experience, and $25,000 cash. But if you’re not chosen as the grand prize winner in November, eight runners-up will also be awarded $500 each.

While you wait for A Very Brady Renovation to premiere in September, learn more about the exciting contest and check out some fun facts you may not have realized about the house—and the show itself.

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1 It's the second most-photographed home in the U.S.
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Right behind The White House.

2 It was used for exterior shots of the home.
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According to Deadline, interior scenes were shot at a sound stage. The actual home only has three bedrooms, so we can only imagine how much sibling squabbling there would be if this were the Bradys' home IRL.

3 It has two master suites.
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Whoa, check out that wallpaper. Yay or nay?

4 You'll be taken back to the '70s.
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Every room has that retro vibe. Just in case you couldn't tell from the bedroom.

5 It features some delightful colors.
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This is certainly not millennial pink.

6 All rooms flow into the next.
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While the finishes are a little dated, the open concept is very current and perfect for entertaining. I'm definitely loving the layout.

7 The lot is one of the largest in its neighborhood.
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It is also located on the Los Angeles River, which gives the home "a unique street-to-river orientation," according to the listing.

8 HGTV closed the deal on the home exactly 3 weeks from the first showing.
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According to Forbes, "The first showing was on July 21. Offers were submitted on July 30, with the best final offer in on August 3. HGTV’s bid was accepted the next day, with an August 11 closing."

9 Though HGTV ultimately bought the house, Maureen McCormick (AKA Marcia Brady) considered buying it herself.
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In an interview with People, actress Maureen McCormick—who played the oldest Brady sister in the hit show—d that she actually would have loved to buy it herself. "When the whole thing happened, I have to say that I really thought, 'Gee, I would like to buy that house,'" she said.

10 The cast asked people to help them source decor for the house.
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Once HGTV started filming A Very Brady Renovation after purchasing the famous home, producers and cast members sent out an all-call for help sourcing recognizable items from the home. In a video released by the network, the six Brady kids pleaded for people's help to bring back the magic of their TV house. A full gallery of items they're looking for can be found here.

11 The renovation is complete!
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#Repost @hgtv: The Brady Bunch House renovation is officially complete! Head to HGTV.com/Brady or the link in bio for exclusive photos and details from the big reveal!

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Though the full special on the house won't air until September, HGTV and the show's stars have already d teaser images of what the space looks like—and it's pretty ridiculously spot-on, down to the seesaw in the backyard and the horse statue (shown here) in the entryway.

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