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Laverne & Shirley’s Apartment Building

May 11th, 2011 | By | Category: TV Locations

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Back in August of last year, fellow stalker Don emailed me to inquire if I knew the location of the supposed Burbank-area apartment building where best friends Laverne DeFazio (aka Penny Marshall) and Shirley Feeney (aka Cindy Williams) lived during the final three seasons of the hit 1970’s television series Laverne & Shirley.  Sadly, because I had never really watched the show, I had no idea where the apartment building might be located.  As fate would have it, though, I was scheduled to take a tour of Paramount Studios the day after receiving Don’s email and, because Paramount had produced the show, I thought one of the studio tour guides might know of the apartment’s location.  Well, let me tell you, I spoke to anyone and everyone I could that day, but not a one of ‘em knew anything about the apartment building.  Not only that, but they all told me they had never before been asked about that particular location!  How that is possible, I’ll never know.  Anyway, I gave Don the sad news after I got home from my tour and figured that would most likely be the end of the quest.  So imagine my surprise when I awoke last Tuesday morning to find an email in my inbox from Don with the news that he had found the building!  Yay!  So I dragged the GC right on out to stalk the place this past Saturday morning.

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In the first episode of the series’ Sixth Season, which was titled “Not Quite New York”, Laverne & Shirley, seeking a fresh start after losing their bottle-capping jobs at Shotz Brewery, leave their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and head to Southern California.  At the very beginning of the episode, the girls are shown moving into a typical 1970’s-style apartment building that was supposedly located at 113 1/2 Laurel Vista Drive in Burbank.

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The apartment building was then shown regularly each week in both establishing shots and during the opening credits of each show.

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I am EXTREMELY happy to report that the building still looks very much the same today as it did three full decades ago when the series was originally filmed.  So incredibly cool!  There are two trees which now block the view of the home from the street, but, other than that, remarkably little has changed over the years.  Love it, love it, love it!
 
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Even the apartment building next door still looks very much the same as it did on the series!   Smile
 
Laverne & Shirley–Burbank Apartment Building Clip

You can watch the opening credits of the Sixth Season of Laverne & Shirley, in which the apartment complex is featured, by clicking above.

Big THANK YOU to fellow stalker Don for finding this location!  Smile

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  Smile

Stalk It: The “Burbank” apartment building from the last three seasons of Laverne & Shirley is located at 419/421 North Sierra Bonita Avenue in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles.  Google Maps and the GPS in my car both recognize this location as being in West Hollywood, though, so keep that in mind when printing out a map of the building or inputting its address into a navigation system.

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  1. Love your site. Thanks for all the info. I’m actually in the midst of doing both of Laverne & Shirley’s apartments in virtual space for a tour. This is great information for when I do the narration. I hope it’s okay, but occasionally in the narrations I mention you and your awesome site. ~Scott

  2. terrence says:

    I was walking through the area, thought about this, did a Google search, found this and I turned out to only be one block away. Thanks for this.

  3. Owen says:

    Because Cristin Milioti, the M from HIMYM, has a smile that makes me smile, I decided to watch the digital premiere of “A to Z,” an NBC sitcom that begins on Oct. 2. Get this? Cristin’s character, Zelda (the Z in “A to Z”), lives where Laverne and Shirley lived! You can watch the episode on iHeartRadio. Here’s a link: http://news.iheart.com/AtoZ/

  4. candice says:

    Nice I’ll have to look for this when I go out there! I was Doing research for my fanfiction story and I am glad I found this! Well sorta yes and no! They are supposed to be Burbank! I really appreciate this post!

  5. MM says:

    OMG. I lived on this street one block away and never knew!

  6. MM says:

    OMG I lived on that street one block down. Crazy.

  7. Dan Storm says:

    Who knew there was such interest in season 6 !! LOL! Nice job Lindsay (and Don). These obscure posts are my favorite.

  8. Snidely Whiplash says:

    I have spent hours and hours trying to find this one. Now I can stop! Great find!

  9. You are too cool. Thanks to you and your friends for this location.

  10. Don Mike says:

    Yay, I’m officially a stalker! Woo hoo. Yes, it is I who contacted Lindsay about this. It wasn’t listed anywhere, not on any location fan site or L&S fan forums or nowhere. I was starting to worry it had been leveled or something. But a friend of a friend got word to me of where it was located. I was ecstatic. I’ve been looking for this place for ten years! The irony is that I lived near there for eight of those two year having no idea I could have walked to it. It’s also just down the street from the site of the former Pan Pacific Auditorium, aka Xanadu. And Scott, I used to live on Stanley right off of Santa Monica and I always thought that was West Hollywood, so I figured the L&S apartment was so close it must be too. So that was my fault. Sorry about that.

    • Lindsay says:

      Not your fault at all – Google and my GPS both identify the building as being in West Hollywood. :)

    • That’s because Stanley & Santa Monica really IS in the city of West Hollywood. Going south, as soon as you cross Willoughby, you’re back in the city of Los Angeles. Cheers! :-)

      • Matt says:

        OMG, who cares if its inside the city limits of West Hollywood! It’s close enough and a hell of a lot more descriptive of its actual location than saying “Los Angeles.” She said West Hollywood and I now know exactly where it is. Had she written Los Angeles it could be anywhere!

  11. Ron says:

    Thank you!!! I actually emailed you a long time ago hoping you might know the location of this building. I have been looking for this forever! You are totally awesome!! I’m not worthy! :-)

  12. Owen says:

    Way to go, Don! Great post, Lindsay! I think my favorite part of this location is that the handrails at the front steps are the same ones that were there when L&S filmed. They’ve been painted, of course, but they are definitely the same ones. Very cool. “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!”

  13. Lisa says:

    I can not wait to go and see this one for myself. Thanks!

  14. Andrew says:

    THANK YOU. I actually challenged you to find this 2 years ago, and now you have. I have been looking for this for a LONG time. AMAZING. It is NOT listed anywhere…

  15. Another GREAT POST. Tremendous research. But, this place is NOT in the City of West Hollywood. It’s in the middle of the Fairfax District neighborhood of the great city of Los Angeles. It’s only a few blocks away from the 3rd & Fairfax Farmers Market and The Grove, both of which are also in Los Angeles. http://goo.gl/6ixf1

  16. mark says:

    This is Amazing
    I have looked and wondered for years!
    You are a goddess

  17. Lavonna says:

    I LOVED this show!!!! As a matter of fact in high school we had a “50’s” day and I wore the big L on my shirt! LOL GREAT Find!


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