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Iconic home of Mary Richards has finally sold

On behalf of Lang Law Office posted in Residential Real Estate on Wednesday, October 04, 2017.

One of the most famous pieces of real estate here in the Minneapolis area is the house that 1970s iconic, independent career gal Mary Richards and her friends Rhoda and Phyllis lived in on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show.” It’s been 40 years since Mary and the gang ended their run, but the home, built more than a century ago, still remains a tourist attraction in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis.

The only thing that viewers of the show ever saw of the house was the exterior. The show was shot in Los Angeles. Unlike on the series, the home has not been converted into apartments. It’s a single-family residence with seven bedrooms, an exercise room, sauna and rooftop decks.

Now, after being on the market for five years, the Queen Anne Victorian property is getting new owners. The four-story home, recognizable in part for its turrets, sold for $1.45 million — down about half from its original asking price of $2.89 million when it first went on the market in 2012.

It’s possible that prospective owners were concerned about living in a home that’s recognizable worldwide. Back in 1995, a previous owner said that some 30 tour buses still passed by the home on a daily basis. The owner who lived there when the show first aired back in the 1970s said that she got so tired of “people showing up and asking if Mary was around” that she decorated it with “Impeach Nixon” signs.

While most of us don’t have the challenge of selling a home that is still seen regularly in television reruns, all home purchases and sales have their own unique challenges and complexities. An experienced Minneapolis residential real estate attorney can help you navigate those challenges, including zoning issues, disputes, foreclosure issues and more to help your transaction go as smoothly as possible.

Source: WWD, “EXCLUSIVE: The Minneapolis House From ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ Has A New Owner,” Kathryn Hopkins, Sep. 29, 2017