STUDIO CITY, CA — NSync’s Lance Bass became the Jan of the “Brady Bunch” this week when he competed with a “Hollywood studio” to buy the iconic house used in the 60s sitcom only to come up short.
On Friday, Bass tweeted that his offer for the home used for the exterior of the “Brady Bunch” had been accepted, but hours later he wrote that he had been edged out by a Hollywood studio.
He said that after an evening of celebrating what he thought was a deal, the seller’s realtor informed him that that he didn’t really have a deal.
“We were prepared to go even higher but was totally discouraged by the sellers agent. How is this fair or legal? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity?” he wrote. “I truly believe I was used to drive up the price of the home knowing very well that this corporation intended on making their offer and it’s not a good feeling.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the sellers never accepted an offer from Bass. Realtor Ernie Carswell told the newspaper eight buyers bid on the home, and a sale is expected to close in 10 days. Carswell would not tell the paper who the buyers are or whether they plan to preserve the iconic house.
“It got down to a horse race, and from those three [offers] an ultimate prevailing bid was selected by the trustee and a backup,” he told the paper.
Last month the home hit the market for the first time in 50 years. The split-level ranch house that served as the backdrop for the adventures of Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Cindy, Bobby, Mike, Carol, and cousin Oliver listed at $1,885,000. The two-bedroom home is billed as America’s second most photographed home behind the White House.
Situated in Studio City’s Colfax Meadows, the home boasts a gated motor court and two master suites. According to records, Violet and George McCallister bought the house for $61,000 in 1973 when the “Brady Bunch” was still airing. While the interior never served as a set for the show, the home is like a time capsule, with decor unchanged since the early 70s. It has a wet bar, a tall stone fireplace and a master bedroom with wall-to-wall hot pink Toile de Jouy wallpaper and matching bedspread.
The dated home is in a neighborhood notorious for tear-downs and rebuilds, but the owners hoped to be able to attract a buyer interested in preserving the piece of architectural Americana.
“We’re not going to accept the first big offer from a developer who wants to tear it down,” Carswell told the Los Angeles Times last month.
Bass had told fans he intended to preserve the home, even remodeling the interior to match the “Brady Bunch” set. There is no word yet on what the mystery buyer intends to do with the house.
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