Take a look.

1. The ocean as backyard

Beachfront deck in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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This deck is a long way from the Bradys' tiny backyard with bright green, fake grass and Tiger's doghouse.

Williams’ mother had the 2,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, four-bathroom house built in 1974.

It’s located on the ocean in the tony, gated Malibu Cove Colony neighborhood, about 30 miles from Hollywood.

2. Deceptively modest from the outside

Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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The beachfront back of the two-story home, in the center in this photo, features floor-to-ceiling glass windows for changing ocean views throughout the day and night.

You’ll soon see that the back exterior looks deceptively modest. The Brady home’s exterior was deceptive, too, but in a different way.

The split-level house seen in the exterior shots was chosen because it looked like something the architect dad would build. The outside "upstairs" window seen on TV was fake — added by the set designers.

3. Not the only ex-Brady home in the 'hood

Entryway to the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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The courtyard entrance to the home Williams sold also looks surprisingly modest, but welcoming.

Interestingly, another Brady cast member also sold a home in Malibu in recent years. Eve Plumb, who played middle sister Jan of "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" fame, bought her house with her parents for $57,000 when the show debuted.

She was 11 at the time. It sold for $3.9 million in 2016.

4. A living room — with room

Living room in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Barry Williams enjoyed an airy, sweeping living room that was a welcome change from the rather claustrophobic and jumbled Brady digs.

This room, featuring high ceilings, an imposing stone fireplace and breathtaking views, is the centerpiece of the home.

The home on The Brady Bunch — with its stone, brick, wood paneling and carpet all in one living space — was decidedly cool at the time but looks like overkill now.

5. A very un-Brady staircase

Staircase in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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This classic staircase leads to the bedrooms. It doesn’t resemble the Bradys' angular, open staircase in the least.

HGTV bought the Studio City, California, house seen from the outside on the TV show for $3.5 million. A Very Brady Renovation recreated the interior to imitate the one on the show. All surviving cast members participated.

In the renovation, the Brady staircase was downsized from 12 steps to 11.

6. You can watch yourself in reruns

Living room in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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A couple of steps off the living room lead up to more informal seating — and TV watching.

Williams, now in his mid-60s, became interested in acting when he was in his tween years. Television was his gateway.

He got his first break in a 1967 episode of the copy show Dragnet. He went on to appear in other popular series like Adam-12, Mission: Impossible and The Mod Squad.

7. The parking here is permanent

The view at sunset from the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Long before he was enjoying sunsets like this, Williams says a behind-the-scenes posse on The Brady Bunch supplied costumes, makeup, and snacks and made sure he completed his homework.

The show was canceled on a Friday. By Monday, when 20-year-old Williams went to clean out his dressing room, his parking space had already been reassigned.

He didn't have to worry about finding a place to park in Malibu. This beach house has a two-car garage.

8. A dining room for fewer than 8

The dining area in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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The simple elegance of this formal dining area sure beats the Bradys' tangerine and avocado decor.

Still, you get the feeling that Williams' family and friends more often took plates outside. Wouldn't you?

Williams originally tried to sell his property for $7.15 million, according to the listing on Realtor.com. There were several price reductions before somebody decided they couldn't live without it.

9. A kitchen Alice would have killed for

The kitchen in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Williams had the kitchen redone with commercial-grade stainless appliances, a double oven, a Sub-Zero fridge, custom cabinetry and a generous island.

The Brady kids were always whining for something to eat. The likes of Joe Namath and Davy Jones of The Monkees were forever popping by unannounced.

Alice, the Bradys' tireless cook, housekeeper and therapist, deserved a kitchen like this.

10. But where's the round kitchen table?

The kitchen in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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In real life or on TV, everybody seems to gravitate to the kitchen.

This open floor plan and center island improve traffic flow and encourage everyone to participate in meal prep and cleanup.

For years, Barry Williams, his brother and their families enjoyed holidays and getaways here, reports Realtor.com.

11. A surfer's paradise

Another view from the deck of Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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This house is on Malibu Cove County Drive, located near the geographic center of Malibu.

Large, upgraded homes like Williams’ attract buyers who seek beachfront living, spectacular views and privacy.

Nearby, surfers are drawn to the breaks and sandy beaches. Williams surfed as Greg Brady and tells MeTV he still enjoys wakesurfing behind a boat.

12. A great spot to bring a 'heavy date'

Sun going down on the Pacific as viewed from Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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It’s a shame the Brady Bunch house didn’t face a beach like this.

It’s not hard to imagine Greg, had the show lasted into his college years, bringing home a pretty classmate for a "heavy date" at sunset.

In his real-life adulthood, Williams has starred in musical theater, recorded an album of his singing (called The Return of Johnny Bravo), written a bestselling book (Growing Up Brady) and produced a movie.

13. No bunks in this bedroom

Bedroom in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Each bedroom in the Malibu house has its own bathroom. Beamed ceilings lend a cozy, protective ambience against a sometimes-intimidating ocean.

On TV, Greg Brady, his brothers and his stepsisters, ranging in age from 6 to 13, shared two bedrooms and one bath between them.

It’s worth noting that Williams in real life has two kids — a few short of a bunch.

14. A masterful suite

Bedroom in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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The serene master suite where Barry Williams once slept is situated above the dining room.

The master features a private deck for greeting the day or winding down at sunset. A small landing, lined with bookshelves, overlooks the living room.

The balance of shared space and privacy is one of the home’s biggest selling points.

15. More bathroom than the Brady kids ever had

Bathroom in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Williams probably appreciated this home’s spacious, gleaming bathrooms. The Brady house, despite being built by a successful architect, had just the one toothpaste-caked facility for six children to share.

Even so, Alice never once was seen wielding a squeegee or toilet brush. The kids' toilet itself was never shown.

Nothing much ever happened in the Brady bathroom aside from moody adolescents squabbling and gazing discontentedly into the mirror.

16. A tub ready for romance

Tub in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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The sunken bathtub in the master suite has been redone to make it roomier and more spa-like.

Clerestory windows like those pictured trace to the temples of ancient Egypt. They were designed to open up vast spaces to natural light.

Notice that there’s plenty of room for candles and champagne service after sunset.

17. Another bedroom with just 1 bed, not 3

Bedroom in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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On The Brady Bunch, dad Mike Brady’s first wife had died. Mother Carol Brady was presumably divorced; no explanation for her single status was offered.

Divorce was still an awkward topic at the time.

Williams finds it unusual that, even then, all the kids in the cast were from nuclear families.

18. A bathroom you wouldn't want to fight over

Bathroom in the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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He says the cast members had a special chemistry both on the set and off.

“We cared about each other, we protected each other,” he told an interviewer. “And we took on those roles in life. I, as a big brother, would be protective.”

Chemistry, modern fixtures and gorgeous tile make it much easier to share a bathroom like this.

19. Not Williams' only home on the water

Beach view of Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Once you’ve lived on the water in a home like this, you never go back.

Williams now lives in the close-knit musical performing community of Branson, Missouri. Neighbors and collaborators have included Kenny Rogers and the late Glen Campbell.

The actor is busy, but he lives and chills out on a lake with 1,100 miles of shoreline. The Ozark Mountains are a nice touch, too.

20. Don't play ball in this house

Sunset view from the living room of Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Picture yourself curling up in this inviting space with a warm blanket, a cup of cocoa and a good book.

On the other hand, a lively cocktail party with good friends and good music wouldn’t be bad either.

The home’s versatility sparks the imagination.

21. The Bradys won't go off into this sunset

The view at sunset from the Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Fans of The Brady Bunch are unwilling to say goodbye. There have been countless conventions, reunion shows, Christmas specials and good-natured lampoons. Cast members have even judged Chopped contestants.

As the show progressed into the counterculture ’70s, this bunch sometimes seemed to be from outer space.

Williams attributes the enduring appeal to the cast members' obvious affection and support for one another.

22. A place for feeling fortunate

Sunset on the deck of Malibu home recently sold by Barry Williams of The Brady Bunch
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Williams spent evenings like this not only enjoying his ocean view but also counting his blessings.

“I’ve had bus drivers in New York City on Madison Avenue stop in the middle of the street just to have … the passengers wave at me,” he told an interviewer. “Can you believe it?”

He looks back with genuine gratitude and says, "All of it is absolutely mind-blowing."

About the Author

Doug Whiteman

Doug Whiteman

Editor-in-Chief

Doug Whiteman is the editor-in-chief of MoneyWise. He has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNBC.com and has been interviewed on Fox Business, CBS Radio and the syndicated TV show "First Business."

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