Any Mary Tyler Moore Show fans out there? I used to watch the reruns on TV after school and always wanted to see more of that fabulous old Victorian that she lived in. Since the 1970s, the house in Minneapolis where the exterior shots were filmed has been renovated and updated, and it’s now on the market for $2.895 million. To refresh your memory, here’s how it looked on TV all those years ago:
It feels like I just wrote my post about Mary’s iconic third-story apartment but it was actually way back in 2009 when I published it (time flies!). It was one of the first TV show sets I researched and wrote about.
Here’s a shot I got of Mary standing outside the house during the first season:
Like the house on the show, the real one had been divided into apartments at one time, but it has since been restored to a single family home.
The woodwork in the entry is gorgeous:
The house was built around 1900 (an earlier listing says 1892) and has 9,500 square feet.
The agent’s description:
“Blending turn of the century vintage charm with a contemporary use of space, this exceptional property offers both generous public rooms and an open main level family room/gourmet kitchen complex which is clearly the heart of the home. Second-level bedrooms retain their Victorian aesthetic (highlighted by ornate millwork, bayed rooms and leaded glass transom accents), while the third level includes a second family room and quaint turreted office/studio.”
The newer kitchen addition is huge.
There are 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.
Mary lived in an apartment on the third floor on the show. They gave her a (bigger) version of the windows that we always saw from the outside:
In real life, it was an unfinished attic, and the windows and ceilings were less grand. It was finished more recently and turned into a guest suite with a bonus room:
To see how the sets looked on the show (loved her tiny kitchen!): Mary Richards’ Apartment.
P.S. The house was last sold in 2007. Check out how it looked before: