Bob Saget called the Full House “architecturally impossible”
TV tips and tricks are meant to be oblivious to the viewing public. Whether the trick is to make a character appear larger than the actor in real life, or to make a house appear much larger than it actually is, creative tactics can take place over the course of a scene given on television.
Often the setting of a house, apartment or street is not a real place in real life. This is not the case in Full house. The iconic Victorian home of the Tanners is located at 1709 Broderick Street in San Francisco.
Of course, the interior of the actual home in San Francisco was never used for the show, as scenes were filmed nearly 400 miles south of Culver City, home of Sony Pictures Studios, where the first six seasons of Full house were filmed according to Dirt.
Comparing exterior shots of the physical home in San Francisco, to studio shots and the main set in SoCal, it looks like the set is really could be inside the Bay Area home. That’s what series creator Jeff Franklin wanted: to find a home that was truly San Francisco and felt big enough to accommodate the big family.
Well, according to a 1994 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bob Saget, who played the title character Danny Tanner, says there’s no way the Tanner family is real.
“This house is architecturally impossible. It can’t happen and I can explain why.”
Saget gave a glimpse behind the scenes of the Full house set in Southern California, depicting all the TV stunts used to make it look like the fake family was in the real San Francisco home.
The current home in San Francisco is just over 3,700 square feet according to Business Insider. Franklin bought the house in 2016, planning to “turn it into a replica of the TV show and even allow fans to visit and walk around the place.” Due to high foot traffic and upset neighbors, Franklin decided to completely renovate the house and list it instead. In 2020, the home was on the market for a whopping $5.5 million.
Although the real house might seem fitting for the Tanner family from an outside perspective, Saget said the house would have to have a rather unique shape if it was to truly represent what fans saw on the show.
“The architecturally impossible part of this house is when you go up [the] not. He supposedly takes you to all the rooms you would see on the show. The only way this could happen is if the house goes straight up and goes out like a mushroom. So it would be a house of about 12,000 square feet,” Saget joked in the interview.
As we know from the opening credits and the real house staging plans, there’s no mushroom shape, but rather a flat roof. Although we see the actual house with the memorable red door in parts of the opening credits, it’s not depicted in the famous row of Painted Ladies, seen while the family picnicked according to dirt.com. This is because the real house on Broderick Street is about a mile from the famous row of houses.
We know that the Tanners never lived together in a real house and that the concept of the series was realized on a TV set. But for fans who wondered how realistic it was for so many people to live under the same roof of a Victorian house in San Francisco for eight years, it’s fun to know, according to Saget, that the house is too small about 8,000 square feet.
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