- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 1, 2016

In 1987, TV producer Jeff Franklin paid a San Francisco home owner about $500 to take some stock footage for a new family comedy to air on ABC.

Twenty-nine years and a cult following later, Mr. Franklin plunked down $4 million for the deed to 1709 Broderick St., better known to sitcom aficionados as the “Full House” home. 

“The house came on the market and really, I just thought, I have to buy this house,” the sitcom’s creator told The Hollywood Reporter in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “I’m so sentimental about the house. It’s great to have the house in our Full House family and be able to preserve it for the fans. … Seriously, I love owning this house,” he said, according to THR.

Long an informal tourist curiosity because of its “Full House” association, previous owners were annoyed with all the unwanted attention, Mr. Franklin told the magazine.

“[N]o one has allowed us to shoot in that house since we did our very first stock shoot back in April of ‘87. Our audience has watched the same cars drive by that house now for 29 years,” he said.

The three-bedroom Victorian — which has changed hands a few times since the program’s debut and last sold in 2006 for $1.85 million, according to real estate website Trulia.com — will be renovated to bring it up to code, Mr. Franklin said.

He hopes to have work completed by Sept. 22, 2017, the 30th anniversary of the original series premiere.

“I hope to bring the cast up to the house and have a big slumber party here so people can drive by and actually see the Tanner family living there for one whole day,” he said. “That would be pretty fun.”

Mr. Franklin also told THR he hopes the Netflix spinoff series “Fuller House” might be able to shoot in and around the property after work is completed.

“We would take advantage of the fact that I now own the house, and we could go up there and shoot some new footage and maybe bring the cast up and shoot with them up there.”

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