The “Good Luck Charlie” HouseApr 15th, 2014 | By Lindsay | Category: TV Locations
During the lengthy process of researching the Melissa & Joey house (which many viewers seem to think has been used on another series – you can read my blog on it here), I came across a post on Julia Sweeten’s fabulous website, Hooked on Houses, about the residence where the Duncan family – dad Bob (Eric Allan Kramer), who is an exterminator, mom Amy (Leigh Ann Baker) and their kids, Teddy (Bridgit Mendler), Gabe (Bradley Steven Perry), PJ (Jason Dolley), Charlie (Mia Talerico) and Toby (Logan Moreau/Jake Cinoa) - lived on the now-defunct Disney series Good Luck Charlie. In the article, Julia mentioned that she had not been able to track down the property’s real life address, but that if anyone knew of its location to let her know. Well, Julia, challenge accepted!
Upon first glance, I had a feeling that the Duncan house was located in the Pasadena area. A commenter on Julia’s article confirmed my hunch and another commenter clued me into the fact that while an address number of “358” was visible above the home’s front door in some of the series’ establishing shots, a different address number of “501” was shown painted on the curb in others. I was fairly certain that the “358” had been faked for the filming and that the residence’s actual address was most likely “501.” From there, finding the house was a snap!
The Duncan residence actually sits at 501 Palmetto Drive in Pasadena’s South Arroyo neighborhood.
The four bedroom, four bath, 5,045-square-foot Craftsman was originally built in 1903 and sits on 0.26 acres of land. The picturesque two-story abode (LOVE the double bay windows!) was last sold in April 1981 for $209,500. According to Zillow, it’s worth about $2.3 million today. Not a bad return on an investment!
The Duncan house, which was said to be located at 358 Edgewood Drive in Denver, Colorado on the series, looks much the same in person as it did onscreen, minus the mailbox and tire swing – and Bob’s exterminator truck.
The brightly-colored interior of the Duncan home was just a set that existed on a soundstage at Los Angeles Center Studios, where the series was lensed.
It is quite a point of contention among Good Luck Charlie fans that the layout of the interior did not at all match the home’s exterior, especially the front door which was drastically different in design and shape from the door shown in establishing shots.
The house was also briefly featured, covered in snow (digitally, I believe), in the series’ 2011 made-for-TV movie, Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas.
While another Hooked on Houses commenter stated that they thought the Duncan house was used in the 1996 movie Space Jam, that information is incorrect. The Space Jam residence is located at 1002 Highland Avenue in South Pasadena, right next door to the home from Liar Liar (which I blogged about here).
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Stalk It: The Good Luck Charlie house is located at 501 Palmetto Drive in Pasadena.