Brady Bunch mansion buyer who out-bid Lance Bass revealed to be David Zaslav, CEO of Discovery
David Zaslav, who is the CEO of HGTV's parent company, Discovery, happened to announce over a call with investors that he had purchased the home built in Studio City, California.
The iconic house from the Brady Bunch TV show had been up for sale for a while now, but recently a corporate buyer managed to outbid Lance Bass and acquire the home. After days of anonymity, the identity of the buyer has been revealed.
David Zaslav, CEO of HGTV's parent company, Discovery, happened to announce over a call with investors that he had purchased the home built in Studio City, California.
As reported by Variety, he promises to restore it to its "1970s glory". "More details to come over the next few months, but we will bring all the resources to bear to tell safe, fun stories with this beloved piece of American TV history."
This highly-contested piece of Studio City, CA architecture is not likely to ever make a Top 10 design list, but it has a cachet that no Schindler, Neutra, Lautner or Lloyd-Wright can touch: It's the "Brady Bunch" TV house! Lance Bass was desperate to land it, but the winning bid finally went to @HGTV. Oh, Mr. Brady! #BradyBunchHouse #HGTV #LanceBass #StudioCity #NSYNC #retrochic #StudioCity #CA #TheValley
Lance Bass was one of the initial bidders on the house and it was also confirmed that his was the winning bid. Sharing his disappointment, the former N'SYNC member detailed the entire process he went through to acquire the house on his Instagram, writing: "Marcia Marcia Marcia!"
He continued: "Im feeling heartbroken today. As many of you may have heard, we placed the winning bid on the iconic Brady Bunch house—at least that’s what we were told. The agent representing the estate informed us we made the winning bid (which was WAY over the asking price) after the final deadline for all offers had passed—even writing up the “winning bid” for my team after informing me of the good news. Isn’t a deadline a deadline? This was a dream come true for me and I spent the night celebrating amongst friends, family, and fans alike."
Price: $1.9M Location: North Hollywood, CA Size: 3 beds / 3 baths (2,477 sqft) Special Features: A time capsule of the 70’s, this is the house from “The Brady Bunch” and it’s the 2nd most photographed home in America after the White House. Own a piece of television history! Contact: Douglas-Elliman . . . . . #bradybunch #bradybunchhouse #thebradybunch #70s #1970s #70sstyle #70svibe #70svibes #northhollywood #californiahomes #californiarealestate #historichomes #historichome #historichouses #historichouse #uniquehomes #uniquehome #uniquehouse #uniquehouses
He also detailed the "unfairness" of the situation, referring to how Zaslav suddenly acquired the house, writing: "The next day, due to 'unforeseen circumstances' the same agent informed us that there’s another Corporate Buyer [Hollywood studio] who wants the house at any cost. We were prepared to go even higher, but totally discouraged by the seller's agent, they will outperform any bid with unlimited resources. How is this fair or legal?? How can I compete with a billion dollar corporate entity?"
Speaking about his own sentiments, 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. I feel used but most importantly I’m hurt and saddened by this highly questionable outcome. I just hope it is not demolished. Thanks for all the love and support. #CrushedDream #ShadyAF#DouglasElliman #ShadyBrady To make me happier you can register and vote November 6th!"
HGTV - known for their home renovation shows - possibly have grand plans for the Brady Bunch home, that boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms and is the same residence that provided the exterior shots of the home where Carol and Mike Brady raised their family of her three daughters and his three sons on The Brady Bunch, which aired for five seasons, between 1969 and 1974.
Listing agent Douglas Elliman claims the 2477-square-foot (230-square-metre) house is the "second-most-photographed home in the United States after the White House". As for Zaslav, or HGTV's plans for the house, it hasn't been revealed exactly what kind of show or program would be filmed using the house.