Will Smith’s ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Wasn’t Actually Filmed in Bel-Air

by Jeremy Spirogis
Will Smith on the red carpet

Without the outdated NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith most likely wouldn’t be the place he’s today as a significant box-office draw and established actor. It might sound exhausting to consider for some generations it’ll be 30 years this September because the present’s debut.

Since leaving the airwaves in 1996, it’s been in perpetual reruns with hardly any letup, together with followers clamoring for trivia about manufacturing particulars.

One piece of trivia nonetheless perplexing viewers is the supposed Bel-Air home the place Will goes to stay together with his Uncle Phil and Aunt Vivian. While everybody is aware of the inside was an NBC set, the present at all times introduced the actual exterior of the mansion within the opening.

How true to life was it that the home was in Bel-Air? According to realtors from latest years, there’s extra fiction behind the home than reality.

Houses from TV reveals often aren’t the place the present claims

Let’s not bounce the gun and assume all homes from iconic TV reveals aren’t from the place the present takes place. Just a few TV houses actually do exist in settings the place sitcoms and dramas of yore had been supposedly set.

A great instance is the home from the basic 1970s sitcom All within the Family. The home that’s seen within the opening really is within the Queens, NY neighborhood the place the Bunkers had been presupposed to stay, regardless of not trying fully comparable primarily based on the set. Of course, the present itself was taped in a CBS studio in Los Angeles.

Then there’s the well-known townhouse within the basic ’80s collection Full House. This was additionally actual and positioned in San Francisco, one thing famous on many web sites.

Fans have visited these well-known houses dozens of occasions, however many have tried trying to find The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air dwelling within the title neighborhood to no avail. There’s cause for that.

The ‘Fresh Prince’ home isn’t in Bel-Air in spite of everything

About 5 years in the past, realtors within the Beverly Hills, CA area had been interviewed in regards to the Fresh Prince home. It seems the large mansion is positioned in Brentwood as an alternative.

A significant clue behind it, based on the above realtors, was Bel-Air has hills. Any home on this space positively gained’t be on flat land as seen in the home from the opening credit.

How many followers have tried to seek out the home in Bel-Air all these years with out success is unknown. Before the age of the web, little doubt the house had lots of people confused, possibly to the aid of the actual occupants who lived in there.

One factor in regards to the house is it’s fairly outdated. Built in 1937, the home has 5 bedrooms and 5 loos. Whether it seems to be like the home did within the present is one other factor since there isn’t any visible report from indoors.

What occurs if ‘Fresh Prince’ ever revives?

Will Smith on the red carpet
Will Smith | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI

There was discuss for some time of Will Smith being fascinated about reviving Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Most of these rumors have since been shut down after the 2013 dying of James Avery who performed Uncle Phil.

Not that media chorus from insisting Will Smith is critical about producing a reboot of the collection. Maybe he has the intention to make use of new actors and the identical basic setting. If so, would they use a shot of the unique home once more?

An fascinating facet notice is The Jeffersons (sure, George and Louise from the basic sitcom) purchased the home on the finish of the Fresh Prince collection run. Maybe someplace down the road, Will buys it again from them and returns together with his family.

Most individuals would take into account that quick potential for a flop. Maybe the occupants of the home want the identical so that they don’t have fixed drive-bys from vacationers.

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