Some people call this the Ari Gold house because it appeared on “Entourage.” But as a fan of classic TV sitcoms, it will always be the Ozzie and Harriet house to me! Actor Chris Meloni recently bought it, and I was excited to see what it looks like today.
How it looked in the opening credits of the show:
It was built in 1916 in the Hollywood Hills. They lived in the traditional center-hall Colonial for nearly 30 years.
Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky Nelson in Front of Their House:
For 14 years the sitcom filmed on sets that replicated the Nelson family’s real-life house, but they showed the real exterior each week on the show.
The House Today:
Removing the shutters made a big difference in how the exterior looks. Do you like it better with them or without?
The House on “Entourage” in 2005:
In the Listing Today:
A real estate investment and development company bought the house in 2013 for $3 million. After giving it a more contemporary remodel, they put it back on the market for $5 million.
The Entry Hall Before the Remodel:
The listing described the newly remodeled home as an “East Coast Traditional” with 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms.
The Staircase Today:
The Staircase on the Show’s Set:
The Living Room in the 2013 Listing with Heavy Drapes and a Mirrored Wall:
The Living Room Now:
I was so in love with their house as a kid. I wanted a traditional two-story just like theirs when I grew up. I’d watch old episodes of it on TV just to get a better look at it. Here’s how the living room set looked on the show:
The study before had dark paneled walls:
I found an old photo of Ozzie in front of that fireplace:
And now, after the remodel, the room is almost unrecognizable with all the woodwork painted white and part of the fireplace (including those little shuttered doors) removed, which made me kind of sad.
The Study Today:
The kitchen in the old listing, said to be haunted by Ozzie himself:
Listing agent Eric Lowry of Coldwell Banker says Ozzie used to get himself a bowl of ice cream each night before bed. After he died in the house in 1975, the new homeowners would come down to find the drawer next to the sink open where the ice cream scoop was kept.
Since the remodel, however, his spirit seems to have moved on. Maybe he no longer recognized it! 😉
According to Yahoo! Homes, there were other signs that Ozzie was still hanging around before the remodel:
His old model train in the pub room started mysteriously running in the middle of the night, owners related. Doors opened themselves, even though they’d been locked. The air would inexplicably, fleetingly smell of rosy perfume. Bedclothes would fly from slumbering bodies. The reports were so consistent that listing agent Billy Rose — who handled three sales of the house — felt compelled to tell prospective buyers of the rumored haunting.
The kitchen has Viking appliances now. But in 1983, the owner at the time told a reporter that it still had the Hotpoint dishwasher and refrigerator that they advertised on their program, and they still worked fine.
I looked up one of those old commercials that aired during the show and took some screenshots of them touting the benefits of the Hotpoint appliances that were used in Harriet’s kitchen on TV.
Vintage Hotpoint Commercials:
The ad was shot on the show’s kitchen set, but these were other actors — not Ozzie and Harriet. Just to be clear. 🙂
Here’s a screenshot of Harriet in her TV kitchen on an episode of the show:
Okay, back to how the house looks today.
The newly remodeled master suite is huge:
And the master bath is pretty fabulous:
The house was purchased by Chris Meloni (“Law and Order”) and his wife Sherman:
Sherman is a designer, so I wonder what she’ll do with the house?
Architectural Digest featured the Manhattan apartment that Sherman decorated. Their style seems to be fairly contemporary, although Chris says he’s a history buff who is really more of an exposed-brick, wood-beams, prewar buildings kind of guy. I imagine he’ll appreciate the history that comes with this house, too!
I had so much fun rewatching old “Ozzie and Harriet” episodes while I was researching this post. Quite a few of them have been posted on YouTube if you want a take a trip back to the ’50s and ’60s. Did anyone else have a crush on Ricky back in the day? 🙂