Buying a $3.2 million model of The Brady Bunch home might have been “the worst investment ever” as far as property investments go, but art collector and owner Tina Trahan doesn’t seem to have any regrets.
Speaking to People, Trahan admitted she has no intentions of selling the property – even if none of the appliances work.
“When I was buying it, I wasn’t thinking, ‘Oh, it was a great investment,’” she said. “When I buy art, it’s because I love the art. It’s not because, ‘Oh, I’m going to make money on this.’ … If you’re going to make money in art, you have to sell it. I buy art, and then I don’t sell it.”
The Los Angeles property – which was used for the exterior shots on The Brady Bunch – was initially bought in 2018 for $3.5 million by HGTV. The network then spent almost $2 million to renovate it so the interior perfectly replicated the sitcom on the 2019 series A Very Brady Renovation.
Trahan purchased the home from HGTV for $3.2 million, approximately 9 percent less than what the network purchased it for.
“Never will I ever touch one thing [in the house],” she continued. “I was telling someone, ‘If you [even] bring a flat-screen TV into the house, it’s no longer The Brady Bunch.’ There’s a lot of value in this for a lot of people that care about it. And HGTV put in a lot of time, effort, and money into the house to make it the way it is and… I find that incredibly valuable. So I don’t know.”
Trahan expressed that she had a deep desire to buy the house after having grown up watching the show.
“It was like, ‘I need this house. I have to have the house,’” she explains. “I loved the movie… and I watched the show growing up after school. I just felt like it was just part of America and the culture.”
“None of the appliances work,” she said with a laugh. “The range doesn’t work, the stove doesn’t work, the oven doesn’t work. There’s literally nothing.” In a separate interview with Wall Street Journal, Trahan explained that any changes made to make the house “livable” would “take away from what I consider artwork.”
Instead, she plans to use it for charity. “That would be a huge revenue stream for charities,” she noted. “It brings so much joy, and it makes so many people happy, just like The Brady Bunch did.”
A Very Brady Renovation can be streamed on Discovery+.