Phil and Claire Dunphy’s house on the popular sitcom Modern Family is for sale in L.A. The homeowner gets paid each time the show shoots exterior scenes on the property, but the interiors were recreated on a soundstage. Let’s compare the real house to the one seen on TV, shall we?
A “Modern Family” House For Sale
That’s the listing photo above for the house, which has 4 bedrooms, 5 baths, and nearly 2,700 square feet. And this is a shot of the exterior from the show with Phil sitting on the front stoop:
The current owner told the Wall Street Journal that he gets lots of visits from fans who want to see the house in person: “I’ve met people from around the world.”
Listing agent Mitch Hagerman of Coldwell Banker Previews International added that it would be up to the new owner whether or not to allow the show to continue filming here. Could be interesting if they have to find somewhere else to shoot. Would Claire and Phil have to move? (It happened to Mary Tyler Moore on her show when the homeowners got tired of the lookiloos!)
Like the TV version, the real house has a staircase that goes straight up from the front entry (above). But on the show, the walls are painted Benjamin Moore’s Labrador Blue:
The living room in the listing has lots of windows and a fireplace:
Here’s the window wall in the living room taken from the SSN 1 episode “Undeck the Halls.”
Production designer Richard Berg described the Dunphy home as “Pottery Barn meets Restoration Hardware.”
Series creator Steve Levitan said, “The kitchen is now truly the center of the house. We couldn’t do a show called ‘Modern Family’ if we didn’t see the kitchen as part of the dining and family room in one flowing space.”
The real kitchen in the listing:
The TV version has painted cabinets and an island that’s turned the other way. The window and doorway into the room are in the same spots, though (you can’t see it in the photo below, but there’s an opening to the right of the refrigerator on the show):
Even though the decorating is different, the layout is essentially the same.
The family room off the kitchen in the real house (above) doesn’t have the fireplace:
The listing says, “Sophistication, charm and attention to detail best describe this classic two-story, traditional home in a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees in coveted Cheviot Hills. You’ll appreciate the craftsmanship in the crown molding and rich mahogany hardwood floors throughout.”