A Real-Life Very Brady Homecoming

In the latest installment of 'Building Brady' -- the digital companion series to HGTV's 'A Very Brady Renovation' -- join Kelsey McCallister, granddaughter of the real home's former owner, as she tours the in-progress renovation and recalls cherished memories of growing up in the home that the world knows as "The Brady Bunch House".

March 13, 2019

No, this is not Marsha, Jan or Cindy. Meet Kelsey McCallister — who knows a thing or two about the 'Brady House'.

No, this is not Marsha, Jan or Cindy. Meet Kelsey McCallister — who knows a thing or two about the 'Brady House'.

Related To:

There are lots of folks following, with keen interest, the goings on at HGTV’s restoration of the ‘Brady Bunch’ house. Curiosity is running high with original Brady Bunch cast members joining up with HGTV show hosts like Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, and Leanne and Tom Ford of Restored by the Fords, as the real-life house gets transformed into a faithful replica of the house as seen in the ‘70s-era show. It's just naturally compelling to imagine how the real remodeled interiors will mimic those spaces burned into our collective (retro-TV) consciousness. But there’s a particular fan with a special connection for which all this excitement hits especially close to home — quite literally.

Kelsey McCallister strolls along a familiar sidewalk outside her grandmother's former home — aka "The Brady House".

Kelsey McCallister strolls along a familiar sidewalk outside her grandmother's former home — aka "The Brady House".

Kelsey McCallister is the granddaughter of the owner of the home used to depict the Brady household in the series’ exterior shots. (The interior scenes were all shot on a studio sound stage.) In a new Building Brady video titled “Family Memories”, Kelsey gets the chance to visit her grandmother’s former residence – with the renovation in progress – to get a first-hand look at how the real house is getting retrofitted to look faithfully and quintessentially “Brady”.

It’s a particularly poignant moment as Kelsey revisits the location and recounts early memories of playing hopscotch with her sister on the sidewalk in front of the house that, reputation has it, is the second most recognized home in America. (The most recognized is that one on Pennsylvania Avenue.) And we get insights on what it was like for fans to drive by to pay homage to the house that, in reality, sits tucked away in a Studio City suburb. (In fact, some fans even mistook Kelsey and her sister for Jan and Marsha!)

Brady House Family Memories 03:26

The granddaughter of the former owner visits the house and shares memories.

Kelsey recalls the feeling of watching The Brady Bunch on TV from inside “the Brady Bunch house”. When she walks through the actual front door and sees the interiors she remembers from her real childhood on their way to becoming the spaces she recalls vividly (like most of us) from the Brady TV universe, it’s a pretty extraordinary thing. “I have chills,” she says. And we believe her.

Kelsey pitches in, helping with windows installation, on the Brady house renovation.

Kelsey pitches in, helping with windows installation, on the Brady house renovation.

It's such a cool experience seeing my grandmother's house turned into this massive construction project that I know America is just going to love. It's going to bring back so many memories for all the fans.
Kelsey McCallister

More 'Brady Renovation' News

Go here to get caught up on all the news on A Very Brady Renovationand here to see all of the episodes from the exclusive digital-companion series, Building Brady.

Keep Reading

Next Up

HGTV Provides Fans with Multiple Ways to Stay Connected with 'A Very Brady Renovation'

Leading up to HGTV's groundbreaking renovation series 'A Very Brady Renovation' -- airing in late 2019 -- detailed coverage will be provided across multiple platforms as the renovation progresses.

The Quest Continues for Vintage '70s Decor for HGTV's 'A Very Brady Renovation'

It's not just a Brady renovation. It's A 'Very' Brady Renovation. Accuracy and authenticity are the aim as HGTV restores the famous house to it's full '70s splendor. We want every detail, every bit of shag carpet and macrame, to be just the way you remember it. Here's how you can help!

HGTV Announces a Contest for a Chance to Win a Stay at the 'Brady Bunch' House

It's 'A Very Brady Contest', and one lucky winner will get the chance to "live like a Brady" with a six-night stay at the iconic Brady Bunch house -- now completely restored to its Brady-authentic original 1970s glory -- and a $25,000 cash prize. Details inside!

'The Property Brothers' Tackle Renovation at 'The Brady Bunch' House With Maureen McCormick and Chris Knight

"Mom always said don’t play ball in the house... she said nothing about rocks!"

Can You Help Furnish “The Brady Bunch” House?

HGTV needs your help finding furniture and decor featured in the TV series!

HGTV Launches New Digital Series 'Sunshine Upcycle' as Part of the Brady House Renovation

In this second digital companion series to HGTV’s upcoming 'A Very Brady Renovation', designer Dylan Eastman salvages items from the real-life Brady house and uses them to create modern functional and decorative pieces -- but with a vintage '60s and '70s aesthetic.

Like, Heart and Follow Our Very Brady Renovation

Follow our Very Brady accounts on Instagram, Facebook Watch and Twitter for all the funniest moments that won't make it to TV.

HGTV's Restoration of the 'Brady Bunch' House Gets Previewed in a New Digital Series

Get a first look at HGTV’s 2019 breakout show 'A Very Brady Renovation’ in this advance behind-the-scenes digital series --  ‘Building Brady’.

A House That "Sings" for a Nashville Songwriter

Home Town's Erin and Ben Napier help a singer-songwriter update a vintage home, creating a vibrant, bohemian vibe — and something extra-special in the backyard.

Chip + Joanna Create a Stylish Home on a Tight Budget

"Skinnylap" makes a guest appearance as Chip and Joanna help a couple returning to Waco, Texas create a stylish home on a tight budget.

On TV

NEW: Live TV

Don’t miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Luxury Home Giveaways

HGTV Dream Home

A lodge-style retreat in Whitefish, MT.

HGTV Smart Home

A sophisticated home blending design with today’s top tech in Dallas, Texas

HGTV Urban Oasis

An amazing renovation in Cincinnati, OH.