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'Golden Girls' House On the Market - for a Cool $3 Million

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday July 21, 2020

The house used for exterior shots in the first season of "The Golden Girls" is on the market - but you'd have to be a true pal and confidant to snap it up, at a price of just under $3 million.

The abode of the show's superannuated (but super-funny) titular foursome was supposedly in Miami, but the real-life residence is in Brentwood, Calif. and was built in the 1950s, reports Architectural Digest. The series never depicted the interior, which is quite different from the sets seen on the series.

The home originally belonged to attorney David Noble Barry III and wife Margaret Carr Barry. Mr. Barry died in 2017, and his wife passed away two years later.

The home is now on the market - for $2.999 million. Or $3 million, if you care to round up.

The Architectural Digest story said that according to James C. Barry, son of the original owners, his parents received payment for allowing their home to be shown in exterior shots of the sitcom's first season. (After that, ABC used a custom-built replica, notes Deadline.) But, not being big on situation comedy, the Barrys didn't tune in to "The Golden Girls," which ran from 1985 - 1992. The series starred Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as longtime friends in their later years.

The sitcom remains a classic, having a gay following thanks to the show covering controversial LGBTQ topics in the 80s, including same-sex marriage and AIDS. More recently, Hulu decided to pull an episode of the sitcom due to a joke about blackface.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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