Ozzie and Harriet house is up for sale

For TV watchers of a certain age, the Hollywood Hills home is the familiar backdrop of the long-running series (1952-66) featuring the Nelson family: Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky. Located south of Runyon Canyon (and near the former homes of Orson Welles, Sam Goldwyn, and Al Jolson), the 5,283-square-foot property has five bedrooms, four baths, a gym, three fireplaces, and a pool. Per Curbed LA, the place last traded hands in 2005 for $2.5 million. Asking price is $4.2 million. From Paradise Leased:

The Nelsons were the quintessential All-American family of the 1950′s and their home fit this image so well that when the series began transitioning from radio to television it was incorporated into the show with exterior establishing shots of the Nelson's "television" home being their actual home on Camino Palmero. Furthering the blurred line between reality and fantasy, the interior sets for the series, which was filmed on the Hollywood General Studios lot, were modeled after the interiors of the real Nelson home. In 1973, some seven years after the cancellation of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, the home was again featured on television on the short-lived Ozzie's Girls, which was something of a sequel to the original show, with Ozzie & Harriet renting out David and Ricky's rooms to a pair of college girls.

Fans of the show (a few dozen episodes are available on Netflix) might notice that the interiors are much tighter than what you'd expect from the house that's seen at opening. And speaking of openings, here are 11 of them, including one at the end that shows the Nelsons in color.

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