For Sale: 'Ozzie and Harriet' House Gets a Modern Makeover
Rehabbed from top to bottom, this house will always be remembered as the home of Ozzie and Harriet, America's first real television family between 1952 and 1966. It also served as Ari Gold's home on "Entourage."
When the Los Angeles home last changed hands in 2013 for $3.025 million, the house still had the same kitchen layout as it did on television, and Ozzie's wood-paneled "pub room" stood frozen in time. Owners since Ozzie's death say they would sometimes find a kitchen drawer open beside the sink, presumably because his ghost wanted a bowl of ice cream in the middle of the night.
The developer who bought the house has redone it, bringing the 1916 Hollywood Hills home into the modern age. Selling agent Eric Lowry of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage-Sunset Strip says the home is not even haunted anymore.
He has listed it for just under $5 million.
"Everything about the house is perfect," he said. "The house looks like an East Hampton, very light and airy beach house."
The remodel of the five-bedroom, seven-bath, 5,283-square-foot home replaced linoleum with hardwood floors and windows with French doors to the backyard. The pub room off the kitchen has been replaced with a more modern family sitting area.
The new kitchen is all marble with Viking appliances. The remodel did preserve some of the history: The front of the house has been re-sided, but looks the same, with the iconic red door. And two doors with son Ricky's name etched in them were framed and hung in the hallway.
"You won't shed the history, because the house is exactly that," Lowry said. "That was their home."