Original ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ House Is For Sale, And The Interior Is Gorgeous

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

If you watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s, then you’re probably familiar with the stone Victorian mansion her character, Mary Richards, lived in on the show, along with her best friend, Rhoda.

The three-story home is classically gorgeous, with iron railings, decorative trim, and a turret (where Rhoda lived).

Now, it’s on the market.

Mary Tyler Moore has been in the public’s thoughts since her death at the age of 80 after a period of declining health, but it happens to be a coincidence that her TV home is now for sale.

While the exterior of the home was used in the show, shots of the interior were actually filmed on a Hollywood set. In fact, Mary Tyler Moore never even visited the house until 1996 — because she was in California during the filming of the show and this house was not anywhere near the Hollywood set.

The show was set in Minneapolis, so the creators used a real Minneapolis house. This one is located at 2104 Kenwood Parkway.

Today, it’s on the market for $1.7 million, and the inside is just as elegant as the outside. Until now, though, most people have only known the exterior and were left wondering what it looks like inside.

After several renovations since the house’s construction in 1900, it’s not very much like the apartment you might have seen on TV!

Check out this piece of television history below, and see what’s really going on inside this iconic home.

[H/T: House Beautiful]


If you watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show on TV, then this house probably looks familiar to you.

That’s because this is the house where Mary Tyler Moore’s character Mary Richards lived, along with her friend, Rhoda, on the show.

The house is located in Minneapolis, but on the show, only the exterior was ever seen.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show follows a fictionalized version of Mary Tyler Moore, an independent career woman living and working in Minneapolis in the 1970s. The show ran for seven years and focused on her relationships with coworkers and friends.

This photo, from the finale, shows Mary with costars Cloris Leachman and Valerie Harper.

On the show, the interior of the home was actually shot on a set in Hollywood.

The apartment Mary Richards lived in was supposed to be on the third floor, and set designers even replicated the arched window on the third floor of the Kenwood Parkway.

The arched window is somewhat hidden behind a tree, but you can kind of make it out!

Here’s what the house looks like today. It’s still a beautiful house and has been lovingly taken care of since it was built in 1900.

It’s a very large house, with 9,500 square feet over three stories, and has seven bedrooms and nine baths.

In the show, it was set up to look as though the house was divided into separate apartments, but in truth the house is one unit.

Inside, there are plenty of Victorian decorative elements like wood paneling, bay windows, and lots of elegant details like the inlaying on the floors.

Ironcially, Mary Tyler Moore herself never visited the house during the show’s run, as she was filming in Hollywood. She only visited the house for the first time in 1996, much to the thrill of the locals.

The house is large and elegant, and it’s easy to imagine it not only as the modern apartment of a career woman in the 1970s, but you can also picture a wealthy Victorian family living here in the 1900s.

Of course, the house has been renovated for modern needs. If you like to cook, this is the kitchen for you. It has not one but four ovens.

Upstairs, there are seven bedrooms, and the master suite also includes a sitting room and a fireplace.

The master suite also has its own bathroom.

The arched windows in Mary Richards’ apartment, on the third floor, are part of a family sitting room today.

There’s also a rooftop deck with a hammock where you can soak up some sun and take in the view of the treetops.

Would you live in this house as it is now? Or do you prefer Mary Richards’ decorating sensibilities?

You can see more photos of this iconic house on Zillow, and SHARE this beautiful home with any Mary Tyler Moore fans!