The Partridge Family home can be found on the 40-acre backlot of the Warner Bros. Studio Ranch, located at 3701 West Oak Street, Burbank, California. This lot and its neighborhood of homes (known offically as "Blondie Street" after the early movie serial that followed the adventures of Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead) has been in use for about 50 years and can be seen in a variety of television shows and films -- in fact, often at the same time! For example, during the run of "Bewitched", Samantha and Darrin's nosy neighbor Mrs. Kravitz also lived in the Partridge home. "The Partridge Family" debuted before Bewitched ended its run, so for two seasons, both the Partridges and the Kravitz shared a home!
The Partridge Family lived in a modest, two-story wooden house, painted light yellow and surrounded by a white picket fence. The structure had been painted a light blue for many years and was recently restored to yellow for 1999's ABC-TV movie, "Come On Get Happy: The Partridge Family Story".
The following photos were taken in February, 2000.
698 Sycamore Road, San Pueblo. Compare this photo with the one above. The picket fence has been taken down since the ABC movie and bay windows now replace the front windows from the Partridge days. Also, you'll notice the front door area is significantly different now.
"The Partridge Family" was one of the few shows filmed at that time on soundstages also located on The Ranch. Because the interior and exterior sets were located at the same facility, you'll notice that "The Partridge Family" features far more exterior shots than most TV shows of the time. That's because it only took the cast and crew a few minutes to get from one place to the other, unlike the 20-30 minute drive it would have taken other shows such as "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie". These shows created false house fronts and yards on their sound stages to use whenever they needed a scene involving entering or leaving the house. The Partridges used the actual exterior facade.
A view including the garage that made music history! If you're facing the Partridge house, the home next door to the right was used in "I Dream of Jeannie" as Major Nelson and Jeannie's house (more on that later). For "The Partridge Family", about three feet of Jeannie's front yard had to be removed in order to widen the driveway to accomodate the bus. It has since been restored to its original width.
A view of the Partridge and Jeannie houses approaching from the "Bewitched" side of town (we'll see that neighborhood a little later).
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