TV Homes: Accurate Or Awful?
It doesnt take a mathematical genius to realize that Carrie Bradshaw, the fictional New York City journalist, could never afford an Upper East Side apartment
, but did you know that the famed Sex and the City abodewhich is actually in West Villagesold in 2012 for $9.85 million
? Thats way more than any NYC journalist could afford.
But many location scouts neglect the price tags of these abodes when finding potential for locations, so many of these houses are completely out of budget for the supposed careers of their characters. Things are getting better, though, and location scouts are finding places that are within the budget of their supposed owners. Here are some examples of the best and the worst matched TV homes, and their price tags in real life
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How much can a scientist-turned-chemistry teacher afford in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
According to hit AMC show Breaking Bad
, not much. Walter White, the shows protagonist, did not intend to permanently settle in the small home he ended up raising his child in, but he ended up doing so. The home that Walter and his wife are shown in for a majority of the series costs about $200,000
. With teaching salaries in the $40,000 to $50,000 range
in Albuquerque in a single income household with two children, the creators of everyones favorite drama are probably right.
But what about after a drug bust? According to Business Insider, Walter Whites drug lord status would damage the value of the home, and the homes surrounding it, for a number of years
. For the surrounding houses alone, the value would be 19 percent lower than the original market price in the first year. Its hard to imagine how difficult the white home would be to sell if it was actually owned by a drug lord.
A clear caricature of upper middle class Generation Y, the characters of the TV show Girls
do not necessarily have to worry about affording their own apartmentstheir parents help them out generously
. What might not be as realistic is the fact that none of the characters live with their parents when almost one in three real Millennials
Parental aid or no, though, the prices for this trending NYC community are a hit against the shows lost members of Gen Y premise
. According to nakedapartments.com
, the median price for a one bedroom apartment in Greenpoint is $3,047, much more than many parents would be willing to cover on a monthly basis.
We all know that psychiatrists are paid a pretty decent amount, but a psychiatrist serial killer with royal lineage? Thats where salaries and net worth become a little more unclear. In NBCs drama Hannibal
, the psychiatrist with questionable tastes has quite the lavish abode, one which would most likely match Hannibals salary
According to Patti Podesta, production designer of the show, Hannibals Baltimore area home is a historic single-family home that masks what goes on inside. Considering the median sales price for a home in Baltimore is $184,500 (according to Trulia.com
), Hannibal could definitely afford iteven with the fancy interior with state-of-the-art appliances
How I Met Your Mother
Theres no question about it: television shows in New York City often depict young professionals living the high life in apartments that they cannot always afford. This idea is obscured slightly, though, in regards to the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother
). Though the characters in this show have quite ritzy apartments, we shouldnt doubt that some of these apartments are affordable for the type of money the characters are making
Take, for example, the apartment, which, at some point in the series, nearly every major character has lived in. The two bedroom, one bathroom 1000 square feet abode in the Upper West Side of New York City could range anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, according to nyhabitat.com
. Most of the time, the apartment is occupied by two characters, making the rent affordable
. However, each of the characters individually would probably not be able to afford the apartment on their own.
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Los Angeles is an expensive city. Maybe thats why four grown and semi-employed people live in a loft together on the television show New Girl
. The situation sounds plausiblefour people living in a loft in LA cant be absurdly, expensive, right?until you see the size of that loft. You could basically park four cars in the sets living room and still have space for a basketball court if you so desired. While LA residents do have more space than their NYC counterparts, the size of the loft in this show is unrealistic
To find a loft apartment in Los Angeles that even mildly compares to the square footage that the cast ofNew Girl
uses, you would be looking in the $10,000 to $15,000 range
. It youre looking to go a little further away from central LA, you might be able to find something a little more realisticmaybe $5,000 to $8,000. Generally speaking, though, these prices are not affordable to a motley crew of apartment dwellers like the one on New Girl