Listing of the Week: Mary Tyler Moore house

The Victorian home in Minneapolis where the 1970s TV sitcom exteriors were filmed is listed for $2.895 million. When the owners hung out 'Impeach Nixon' signs, Mary moved to a high-rise.

By Teresa at MSN Real Estate Jan 4, 2013 7:17AM

Courtesy of Realtor.comIf you’re of a certain age, you may remember the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” a sitcom about a young single woman striking out on her own in the wilds of Minneapolis.

 

Mary Richards, the fictional character, took the daring step – at least it was seen as daring in 1970 – to rent an apartment BY HERSELF. It was a studio, with a sofa bed and a tiny kitchen but also a fireplace, high ceilings and a big Palladian window, on the third floor of a rambling Victorian house.

 

Phyllis Lindstrom, her landlord, lived downstairs and Rhoda Morgenstern, who became her best friend, had the attic apartment above -- though in the real house the third floor was the attic. The home where the exterior scenes were filmed, which is now a 9,500-square-foot single-family home in Minneapolis’ Kenwood neighborhood, is for sale for $2.895 million.

 

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The house has been remodeled considerably since the daring Mary Richards was filmed in front in the early 1970s (you can see a few photos at Hooked on Houses). Like many movie homes, the interior of Mary’s apartment was created on a soundstage in California. But the home was divided into apartments back then.

Since the 1970s, the home has been substantially remodeled and enlarged, though it retains a number of period touches, such as elegant woodwork and those trademark windows. The house has seven bedrooms and nine baths, and is on about one-third of an acre. It has an enormous gourmet kitchen that opens to the family room and is considerably larger than Mary’s entire apartment.

In case you’ve forgotten what Mary’s apartment looked like -- the show ended in 1977 though it lived on for years in reruns -- Julia at Hooked on Houses has lots of photos.

 

Mary moved a few years into the show, after the producers had an argument with the owner of the house, who erected "Impeach Nixon" banners outside the front windows to thwart filming. Mary and Rhoda both "moved up" to a high-rise.

Records say the house was built in 1900, though articles in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune say it was built in 1892. The current owners bought the house in 2007 for $2.9 million, discounted from a $3.6 million listing price.

 

Zillow points us to a New York Times article from 1995 about a couple who bought the house in the late '80s without realizing what a tourist attraction it was, more than a decade after the show ended. In fact, they had never seen the show. Back then, they told The Times, the home drew 30 tour buses a day in summer, and people often posed for photos on the lawn.

 

"In some ways, it's like we're caretakers living inside a monument," Evan Maurer, who was then the director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, told The Times. "Mary is a myth, but myths have great power. They answer questions, and they set up value systems. There's something in the Mary ethos that's very important to very many people. She's the greatest mythic hero from this region since Paul Bunyan."

 
56Comments
Jan 12, 2013 11:47AM
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Here is a little bit of trivia I heard decades ago, in an interview with Mary Tyler Moore, about the inital concept of her show.  The creater and producers of the show were, at first, going to make Mary a divorcee setting out to "make it on her own".  However, they changed their minds about making her a divorcee because they thought that some viewers might have thought that Mary had divorced Rob from 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'.  Strange but true.   
Jan 12, 2013 10:57AM
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Zillo says the house is worth $500,000. It appears the greed yowners are banking on Mary Tyler Moore's name tom ake them millionaires. Appalling.
Jan 12, 2013 10:16AM
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3 million dollars. to live up in cold, cold mn.

 

who knew?

Jan 12, 2013 10:09AM
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who can turn the world on with a smile?
Jan 12, 2013 9:59AM
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hope the house has a gas meter on it.  Great big house like that have a big natural gas bill, turn up the heat
Jan 12, 2013 9:56AM
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Why would the producers argue about impeachment signs? Nixon got off easy. He should've gone to prison.
Jan 12, 2013 9:21AM
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mary tyler moore       what an icon     and a beautiful woman
Jan 12, 2013 8:45AM
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The show was terrible

 

Apparently Mary was a free spirit, trying to make a mark for herself.  So,  why the bloody hell did she call her boss " MR. Grant, yet he called her Mary?  

 

Something to think about.

Jan 12, 2013 8:41AM
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I remember that house... Didn't it have shaggy carpet?

Did she ever get her hat back?

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You can't beat Victorian architecture!  In those days, houses were not merely "built."  They were CRAFTED.  They were WORKS OF ART.  Another good one (though not Victorian) is the Gamble House in Pasadena...best known as Dr. Emmett Brown's mansion in the "Back to the Future" trilogy.

 

Nowadays?  Forget it!  Today's houses are made of PARTICLE BOARD; which, in the heat and humidity of Rhode Island summers (and cold, wet winters) will likely disntegrate in about 20 years. 

 

 Even wose, you see these dummies on "House Hunter" shows who are obsessed with change-for-its-own-sake.  The kitchen cabinets ae in perfect condition, nice and sturdy, but they say, "This is SOOOO five years ago!  It needs updating!"   

Jan 12, 2013 7:58AM
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and the really nice part of this article?

When I clicked on the link to the photos of Mary Richard's apartment in the article -- my virus scanned detected a rogue scanner threat, and blocked the page from loading!

Way to go MSN!!!!

Jan 12, 2013 7:17AM
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Rhoda lived above Mary in a one room attic apt. ( no bathroom??? )  Look at the picture.  There is nothing above Mary's apt.  Hollywood and politics'.... all smoke and mirrors!
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yes Donald Trump is obnoxious to say the least. Please get him off the air because I don't want to look at him.  All he has is money.
Jan 12, 2013 6:30AM
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You know...if I wanted to, I could turn the world on with my smile. But then tour buses would come to my house and...well...forget it.
Jan 12, 2013 6:06AM
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Throw in Mary Tyler moore and we'll buy it.
Jan 12, 2013 5:47AM
Jan 12, 2013 5:42AM
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bulldoze the dump, 2.9 to live in Minneapolis, you're nuts
Jan 12, 2013 5:41AM
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Quick somebody hang out the Impeach Obamao sign - it will add points to the sale price.
Jan 12, 2013 4:59AM
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First of all, there was no fireplace featured on the show.  It was a small black wood stove.  Second, Rhoda did not move up to a high-rise with Mary since she left the show the year before.  I hate when people write articles and don't fact check.  If the point of the article was to show the substantial link to the show, then at least get your facts straight.
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