‘Full House’ Creator Buys ‘Full House’ House … For Real

By December 1, 2016
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Real estate is hot in San Francisco, especially if the house you’re selling used to be a bit full with the Tanner family.

fullhouse-inset120116The Victorian house sitting at 1709 Broderick St. in San Francisco sold in just a matter of weeks with a $4 million price tag. The owner, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is none other than Full House creator Jeff Franklin.

And why is that news? Because it’s the same house that has been used for exterior shots on Full House since the show premiered in 1987. And Franklin has some big plans for fans of the sitcom, as well as how he hopes to incorporate it into the spin-off Fuller House if Netflix gives him a third season.

“The house came on the market and really, I just thought, I have to buy this house. I’m so sentimental about the house. It’s great to have the house in our Full House family, and be able to preserve it for the fans.

“Seriously, I love owning this house.”

Franklin closed the deal in August, but just revealed his ownership to THR writer Chris Gardner on Wednesday. Property records in San Francisco reveal the property was purchased by a limited liability company for $4 million, just below the $4.1 million the previous owners were asking for.

fullhouse120116-sideThat might seem a lot for a 2,500-square-foot house. But don’t forget, this is San Francisco after all.

And the first thing Franklin did after buying the house? He replaced the seafoam green doors the old owners put in with the iconic red doors that fans have seen over the past three decades. Now when people locate the house during trips to San Francisco, they can get a much “fuller” experience. (See what we did there?)

While Franklin’s filming crew was able to shoot a number of exterior shots back in the late 1980s for nothing more than $500 to the owners at the time, by the time they came back to update those shots a few years later, the people living in the house wanted nothing of it. The popularity of the ABC series crowded Broderick Street with fans looking to take pictures, and even look for the Tanner family.

Of course, they would never find them there. The actual inside of the Tanner household was on a soundstage at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, 374 miles to the south. That would be along trek from the front yard to the kitchen, that’s for sure.

fullerhouse-inset120116The news of the house purchase comes a little more than a week before the second season of Fuller House is set to debut on Netflix. Most of the cast of the original series has returned, including Candace Cameron Bure and Jodi Sweetin. All the “dads” in the house also are back – John Stamos, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget – but more in recurring roles.

The other “adult” from the original series, Lori Louglin’s Rebecca Donaldson, also recurs as well.

Although interiors were never used for primary filming, Franklin plans to retrofit the house not only to make it more immune to earthquakes (although it survived the big quake of 1906), but also to create an interior Full House fans would recognize.

Even better, the show can now use the house for some exterior shots – something it hasn’t been able to do for a very long time.

“No one has allowed us to shoot in that house since we did our very first stock shoot back in April of ’87. Our audience has watched the same cars drive by that house now for 29 years.

“It’s going to be really nice to see some new cars drive by the house.”

Franklin was a writer for classic sitcoms before Full House, primarily for Laverne & Shirley and Bosom Buddies. He also created Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper in 1992 and was an executive producer for UPN’s Malcolm and Eddie in the late 1990s.

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