The Dunphys' 'Modern Family' Home Is for Sale

Many a scene from one of America’s favorite sitcoms has been shot in front of this Cheviot Hills home, but you’ll be surprised at the differences behind the front door.

Photo courtesy of Zillow The fictional home of Modern Family's Phil and Claire Dunphy and their three children is really located in Cheviot Hills, an upscale suburb of Los Angeles, and is currently listed at $2,350,000.

If you watch Modern Family, you’ve seen the exterior of Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire Dunphy’s (Julie Bowen) Los Angeles home hundreds of times. Dates, trick-or-treaters, Christmas carolers and/or family members come and go in every episode. Now the current owner of the house, located in the upscale neighborhood of Cheviot Hills, is hoping to let the house go, listing the famous residence at $2,350,000.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the current owner of the house, Paul Chiames, said he’s moving because he has professional opportunities in another city, but has enjoyed having the production company shooting there and meeting the tourists who like to come by for a peek. Filming could provide extra income source for whomever buys the home, as there is a fee for every shoot. Still, it will be up to the new owners to decide whether or not their house is ready for a closeup.

Photo courtesy of Zillow The living room is where you start to see major differences between the fictional home of Claire and Phil Dunphy, and the Cheviot Hills home that serves as its inspiration. The Dunphys' interior, filmed on a soundstage, is far more contemporary and family-oriented, while the real house is more formal and sophisticated. 

The Dunphys' home interior is shot on a sound stage, and while it’s based on the layout of the Chiames' home, the interior furnishings are substantially different, as you’ll see from the photos. The Dunphys' taste is far more contemporary and family-oriented, while the real house is more formal and sophisticated. Oh, and there’s no basement for the girls to share – few Los Angeles area homes do have basements.

The real house has four bedrooms and 4.5 baths in 2,792 square feet of space. There are crown moldings and mahogany floors throughout. The kitchen has a Viking range and marble countertops. The master suite has plenty of closet space and a balcony overlooking the backyard which, surprisingly enough for Los Angeles, does not have a pool.

It will be interesting to see if the new owner allows filming to continue at the home, if producers will build a likeness of the exterior in a sound stage, or if Phil selling the family home and finding a new one will be written into the script. The house is repped by Mitch Hagerman of Coldwell Banker Properties. Stay tuned…

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