After years of watching every single rerun on TV, I finally stood in front of the house from Full House and it was, as Bob Saget also put it, ‘creepy’ and uncomfortable. Truth be told, it looks like just another house on the block. The real curiosity behind this unusual tourist attraction was actually its celebrity appeal to pop culture enthusiasts.
Like other Full House fans, the cheesy 90s sitcom has a special place in my heart for several reasons. Growing up, the show taught me about the importance of family values, morality, and that most conflicts can take about 20 minutes to resolve. The show also introduced me to the Olsen twins who were pretty much my idols during my cringeworthy tween years. Most importantly, thanks to a certain cute blonde baby character on Full House, I was given a name that I grew to love.
Naturally, there were some giddy feelings while we were on our way to see the house but that instantly faded away as soon as I saw the following:
What Ever Happened to Predictability?
This is it. You’re looking at it.
That is the same exact house that was used for the exterior close-up shots of the Tanner family home. Only it looks nothing like it did on the show. What exactly happened?
Since Fuller House premiered on Netflix earlier this year, the Full House house has been getting a steady increase of tourists despite the current homeowners’ efforts to disguise it (or shatter our hearts). The house has since been painted a murky dark color with a tree planted in front of the bay windows for privacy. Even the iconic red door has been painted over with another bland color and now the perfect Instagram moment that millennial tourists had envisioned is ruined forever.
The real question is, would you still take a picture in front of it? Remarkably, there were tourists waiting for their turn to pose in front of the house as if nothing had changed. I, on the other hand, didn’t see the point anymore, so I snapped a quick picture and walked away.
Instead, I posed in front of a neighbor’s house, which barely resembled the original Full House house but it was enough to give me what I came for. Granted, I don’t encourage this by any means. I felt silly while doing it, but if this photo managed to fool my parents then I say the drive here was somewhat worth it.
The Moment When a House Stops Being a Home
That being said, I don’t recommend taking a picture in front of the real house because it truly isn’t worth your time. This is coming from a fan of the show. When you see the house in person you’ll realize that, just like the Olsen twins, it has long moved on and doesn’t want anything to do with the reboot. Think about it. Did the homeowners give their house a makeover for the sole purpose of hiding, or are they also trying to send us a message? Given their home address is already all over the Internet, I’m assuming it’s the latter.
One thing that the past and future Full House homeowners want to make clear is that this is still someone else’s home and not the Tanners’ like some people seem to believe. It’s fun to entertain the thought that this house had a rich history of Tanner family hugs and memories, but all those sappy moments happened on a sound stage in Burbank, California. There is no reason why tourists should be double parking in the middle of the street, or even blasting the show’s theme song loud enough to disrupt the neighbors. I can only hope that this house has also created its own history of happy memories despite these slight disturbances.
If I Could Do It Again, I Would Go Here Instead
If you’re eager to get your Full House fix then try seeing ‘The Painted Ladies’ from Alamo Square Park (Edit: The park is currently being closed off due to some renovations, according to recent reviews on TripAdvisor). I personally didn’t get the chance to visit this place since my trip was too short, so don’t take my word for it just yet. What I do know is the classic picnic scene at the end of the opening credits (you know, the one where you see a row of enchanting townhouses in the background) is filmed in Alamo Square! If you’re looking for the perfect picture that pays tribute to both the show and San Francisco’s classic beauty, then consider this your best shot.
Trust me, if I’d known what the house looked like beforehand I would have never suggested going there in the first place. My visit wasn’t a complete waste of time in the end, because if there’s anything I learned from seeing people react to the house’s new makeover is that I’m not as attached to this show as others seem to be.