Full House has come full circle. The iconic Victorian house used for exterior shots of the classic ABC sitcom has been purchased by Jeff Franklin, the creator of the hit series. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the Full House showrunner said that when he saw the famous property was up for sale 30 years after he first used it for stock photos, he knew he just had to have it.
“The house came on the market and really, I just thought, I have to buy this house,” Franklin told THR.
“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.”
Now that he’s the new owner, Franklin told THR he will change the inside of the house to match the fictional Tanner family’s house, and he already replaced the green front door with a red one, just like on the original Full House series. The front of the house is still a constant pit stop for tourists looking for photo ops, and Franklin estimates up to 250 people per day pose in front of the famous house.
“It will be a lot more fun for the fans because now the house will look like the Tanners really live there,” Jeff said of his planned tweaks to the house. “It’s a gift to the fans but it’s also fun for me to own it.”
Franklin, who plans to remain living in Los Angeles, also said he hopes to use the house for filming the Netflix spinoff, Fuller House, should it get a third season. He also may eventually rent the property out to the public because he doesn’t want to see it sit empty.
“We would take advantage of the fact that I now own the house, and we could go up there and shoot some new footage and maybe bring the cast up and shoot with them up there,” Jeff said of the potential third Fuller House season.
The show creator even hopes to round up the cast for a slumber party ahead of the series’ 30th anniversary next September so “people can drive by and actually see the Tanner family living there for one whole day.”
Earlier this year, the Full House property was listed for $4.15 million. The San Francisco home, located at 1709 Broderick St. in Lower Pacific Heights, sold quickly for $4 million, but fans didn’t know Franklin was the buyer until the deal closed this fall.
The Full House creator first picked the Broderick Street house out for stock shots and the show’s opening credits in 1987. He recalls paying about $500 to have a series of photos taken of the house at different times of day, but when he went back several years later to get updated photos, the owners turned him away so he sued the same snaps for all eight seasons of the show.
In addition, Franklin told the Wall Street Journal that last year he approached San Francisco homeowners with “generous” offers to shoot exterior shots for the Fuller House spinoff, but he was turned down by all, so he used the same 30-year-old photographs from the original series because his production company still owned the rights to them.
At the time, the Fuller House producer joked that he had never visited the famous San Francisco property in person, but that if he ever did he feared the residents would “probably throw rocks” at him due to the tourist traffic that still comes through.
Take a look at the video below for a tour of the Full House house.
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