After Bidding War, 'Golden Girls' Home Sells for $4 Million

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday August 19, 2020

The iconic home of "The Golden Girls" sold last week $4 million.

Entertainment Weekly reports that while the series was set in Miami, the show was actually filmed in Los Angeles and the home is located in a quiet residential area of the city's Brentwood neighborhood. The home was used as the faÁade for seasons one and two of the show, flashing in the opening credits and in between scenes.

The home was part of a bidding war in which the new owners offered $1 million above the $3 million asking price in order to avoid being outbid. According to the listing agent, Rachelle Rosten, "the buyers are not fans of the show. To my knowledge, they've never watched the show." Rather, it was the home's architecture and location that appealed to the new owners.

"The Golden Girls" starred Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as four older women who shared a home together in Miami. The sitcom, which ran for seven seasons between 1985-1992 on NBC, was groundbreaking in the ways it dealt with aging, relationships, and sexuality. Among other forward-thinking storylines, the show deftly handled LGBTQ+-related topics such as coming out (season 4, "Scared Straight"), same-sex marriage (season 6, "Sister of the Bride") and HIV/AIDS (season 5, "72 Hours"), the latter of which is highly regarded for the ways in which it attempted to destigmatize both the disease and the gay community.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.