There goes the neighborhood of many childhood dreams. Fans of classic TV shows like Bewitched, I Dream of Jeanie, Gidget, The Partridge Family, The Waltons, and much more, will be saddened to learn that most of the homes (many just facades) at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, located at 411 N Hollywood Way, have been wiped out to make room for office buildings. Arial views show rubble where these historic set pieces once stood.
“You may not know that Warner Brothers has been razing their backlot to make way for office buildings,” reads a post on the Facebook group called The Bewitched Continuum. “Today, Friday, October 13, 2023 (ironically, Friday the 13th in October), they demolished our #Bewitched house. It sucks. But as long as we keep the show alive with our fandom and by watching it, 1164 Morning Glory Circle will always be with us.”
“The show ended 50 years ago, but I still don’t understand why they’re tearing it down,” said WeHo resident Dan Mryglot, who is a huge fan of Bewitched. “That house meant so much to so many people. I feel very fortunate that I was able to go on the Warner Brothers Ranch and see the facade two different times. There is a house in Santa Monica that they say inspired the facade, but it’s a mirror image of the facade, so it’s not the same.”
The famous fountain seen in the opening credits of the show “Friends” was saved. The fountain was dug up and moved to the Warner Brothers Lot in 2019. It is now part of the Warner Brothers Studio Tour.
“A lot of people would be way more interested in seeing the Bewitched house than that Friends fountain,” added Mryglot. “And by the way, that fountain was featured in several episodes of Bewitched during its eight-year-run.”
The Warner Bros. Ranch (formerly called the Columbia Ranch) opened in the 1930s. It was used as the backdrop for films and television shows by Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros.
Only the front facades of the houses and buildings were built; the interiors were always shot at other locations or studios. The streets were constructed and arranged to allow shooting at multiple angles to create the illusion of a much larger area, though the lot only spans about six city blocks.
In 2019, it was announced that Warner Bros. would sell the Ranch property to Worthe Real Estate Group and Stockbridge Real Estate Fund as part of a larger deal to be completed in 2023 in time to mark its 100th anniversary.
WB will assume occupancy of the redeveloped parcel in 2025 following the transfer of ownership in 2023 and subsequent $500 million redevelopment led by Worthe. Another nearby campus has plans to include two office buildings built by Frank Gehry with Warner as long-term tenants. Overall, the Blondie street homes and park featuring brownstone facades and swimming pool are being leveled, paved for a parking area, office buildings and 16 new sound stages as part of the lot remodel in 2023. That space will be leased to Warner Bros.
On September 7, 2023, it was announced that investment firms Worthe and Stockbridge completed their acquisition of Warner Bros. Ranch. This was possible after obtaining a loan of 480 million dollars obtained from companies belonging to Apollo Global Management.