Diane’s House from “Parks and Recreation”Dec 13th, 2012 | By Lindsay | Category: TV Locations
Back in mid-November, a fellow stalker named Vinnie tweeted me to ask if I knew the location of the house belonging to Diane Lewis (whom I had no idea was played by Lucy Lawless, by the way!) – aka the spot where Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) fixed a pothole – in the Season 5 episode of Parks and Recreation titled “How a Bill Becomes a Law”. As luck would have it, fellow stalker Owen, from the When Write Is Wrong blog, had tracked down that particular abode and texted me its address on October 2nd, the very same night that the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” episode first aired. So I passed along the info to Vinnie and the following day he tweeted me to let me know that he had visited the location and that the pothole patch was still visible! Well, believe you me, once I heard that, I was bound and determined to stalk the place just as soon as humanly possible. So I dragged the Grim Cheaper right on over there a few days after Thanksgiving.
Finding this location was a snap for Owen because he had done some previous cyber-stalking on the very same street (Margate Street in Sherman Oaks) a couple of years ago while searching for the house where Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) and Jim Halpert (John Krasinksi) bought a lamp in the Season 4 episode of The Office titled “Fun Run” (which I blogged about here). As it turns out, the “Fun Run” home is located almost directly across the street from Diane’s dwelling. In fact, you can see a sign for Margate Street in the background behind Jim and Pam in the episode. Love it!
In real life, Diane’s house, which was originally built in 1955 and is absolutely adorable in person, boasts three bedrooms, two baths, 2,095 square feet of living space, and a 0.20-acre plot of land. You can check out some interior photographs of the place on an old real estate listing here.
As fate would have it, while we were stalking the house, the super-nice owners came out and chatted with us about the filming of Parks and Recreation and a few other productions that had been shot in the neighborhood. They also mentioned that they had met fellow stalker Vinnie while he was stalking the place just a few days prior.
In the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” episode of Parks and Recreation, Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe) decides to implement a 311 phone line at the Parks Department so that Pawnee citizens can report any municipal-related problems that they might be having. While manning the line, Ron takes a complaint from Diane about a pothole that has remained unfixed for months on the street outside of her home. He responds to that complaint by saying, “Well, Diane, for potholes, you want to speak with Public Works . . . I understand you’ve tried them four times – government is inefficient and should be dissolved.” LOL LOL LOL Gotta love Ron Swanson! Ron then decides to take matters into his own hands and heads over to Diane’s house to fix the pothole himself, along with a little help from Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt). As you can see below, Diane’s residence looks pretty much exactly the same in person as it did in the episode.
I was, of course, most excited to see the pothole patch that Vinnie had told me about, though.
I find it so incredibly cool that a vestige of the filming was left behind for all of us stalkers to appreciate for years to come. LOVE IT!
The house also showed up in the Season 5 episode of Parks and Recreation titled “Halloween Surprise”, in the scene in which Ron apologizes to Diane for ruining her daughters’ Halloween.
While the real life address number of Diane’s residence is 13155, crew members dropped the first 1 to make it 3155 for the filming of the “How a Bill Becomes a Law” episode. Nothing unusual about that – house numbers are often changed for a film shoot. But in an odd twist, that number was changed even further – to 155 – just a few episodes later for “Halloween Surprise”. The Parks and Rec producers must think us stalkers aren’t paying attention or something.
The owners of Diane’s house also informed us that the residence across the street was used in the “Halloween Surprises” episode, in the scene in which Ron breaks Diane’s daughter’s tiara.
Big THANK YOU to Owen, from the When Write Is Wrong blog, for finding this location!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: Diane’s house from Parks & Recreation is located at 13155 Margate Street in Sherman Oaks. The house where Ron broke Diane’s daughter’s tiara in the “Halloween Surprises” episode is located across the street at 13162 Margate Street. The residence where Pam bought a lamp in the “Fun Run” episode of The Office is located next door to the “Halloween Surprises” house at 5306 Longridge Avenue. And Oscar’s home from The Office is located just around the corner at 5232 Longridge Avenue. Quite a popular neighborhood for filming, I’d say!