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My favorite part of playing Life was when you got to pick your house. I’ve always had a strange fascination with real estate, even as a small child. Anyway, so today I got to thinking about the different houses that the BSC lived in, and which one was my favorite.

Kristy’s mansion holds an obvious appeal, although I wouldn’t want a family big enough to use all that space. Maybe I could turn part of the house into my own three-story closet. It also just seems like a lot to take care of. You’d need to be way more than a millionaire nowadays to take care of a house like that.

For my personal tastes, I think the Schafers are the winners here. I love description of Dawn’s dad’s California house, with its skylights and courtyard. I think it sounds really cool, and I wish there would have been some scenes that took place in that courtyard so we could have gotten an idea of what it was like. Maybe something like this?

I also like the Schafers’ (and later Schafers/Spiers’) farmhouse in Stoneybrook. I love old houses in general. It does seem like it would be small and dark, though, and not all that convenient.

But it did have a barn. This is the part where the mega-purists of the fandom are going to get a little upset with me, because I think the best house in the series is the renovated barn. While Randy Zak from Girl Talk also lived in a renovated barn, hers seemed much less pleasant, like a barn that they just added insulation and electricty to. They didn’t have rooms, just screens dividing rooms.

The Schafer-Spier barn/house, on the other hand, is light and airy. They have actual bedrooms on the second floor, and the whole place just seemed so lovely and comfortable. I love the idea of a barn/house because it’s like a loft apartment, but you don’t have to live in an apartment building. In my head, there’s a ton of white and windows everywhere. Mary Anne’s books in FF basically double as house porn.

Here’s an idea of what it might look like:


Now, with the conversion of the barn into a living space, the BSC lost one of their most important assets, which was a place to hold events. Perhaps this should have been a sign for Kristy that the end is near when Mary Anne didn’t freak out about the loss of the BSC’s event space.

What is your favorite house in BSC?

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Jess said, August 17th, 2014 at 9:57 am

Definitely the farmhouse. I have too much old house love to be bothered by its shortcomings. And that damn secret passageway that captivated me as a kid still has a hold on me.

greer said, August 17th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

@jess yeah, I wonder what happened to the passage when the farmhouse burned down…

HelenB said, August 21st, 2014 at 4:50 am

Maybe a weird choice, but I always liked the sound of the Kishi’s house – allegedly not mansion sized, but Claudia’s room is big enough to hold BSC meetings, and they have a second bathroom she turns into a dark room – plus, it must have been four bedroom give the size of her family. And yet I always think of it as being very homey (and in a convenient location!)

greer said, August 21st, 2014 at 12:05 pm

@HelenB I figured that the Kishis’ house had 3 bathrooms–the parents’, the kids’, and then a powder room downstairs. That was a pretty standard size where I grew up; that’s what my house was like and most people’s I went to. I definitely agree that it seemed homey; I really like the Kishis in general (except for their attitude towards Claudia’s learning issues).

hobbes12 said, August 29th, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I was obsessed with Dawn’s dad’s house when I was little. I checked out house plan books from the library just so I could look up floor plans for “California houses” and the n I would spend hours drawing my own floor plans. I think my parents thought I would become an architect, but no.

greer said, August 30th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

@hobbes12 haha! not a future architect, just an obsessive BSC fan :) I drew picture of houses/floor plans too, but also did not end up an architect.

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