9:45am PT by Chris Gardner
'Full House' Creator Buys Original Tanner Home, Throws Apology Party for Neighbors
Full House creator Jeff Franklin revealed exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter that he purchased the original Tanner home in San Francisco in a deal that closed a few months after the property hit the market for $4.15 million in May. One of his first orders of business — aside from painting the front door red again (previous owners had switched it to seafoam green) — was hosting an intimate soiree for neighbors of the property at 1709 Broderick St. in the Lower Pacific Heights area.
But aside from spreading holiday cheer, the Nov. 30 bash had a more specific purpose: Franklin wanted to apologize to the residents who had been inconvenienced in the decades since the show's original premiere in 1987 by the daily onslaught of fans (in the hundreds) who stop by for photo ops.
"It can't be fun to live next to a tourist attraction," Franklin explained of the situation. The house has only increased in popularity following the breakout success of the Fuller House reboot on Netflix. "I wanted them to see that I don't have horns."
Approximately 30 residents attended the event, and most of them "were lovely people," signaling that there might have been a few who weren't as nice. "Of course, they have been inconvenienced and frankly annoyed by all the Full House and Fuller House fans coming by for pictures all day, all these years. I don't blame them for feeling frustrated," Franklin explains, adding that discussions took place over how they can improve the situation. "We talked about ways to help, such as posting no double parking signs, painting curbs red by driveways so [visitors] don't block people's driveways, "No loitering" signs, etc. which I am going to try my best to accomplish for them. I want to be a good neighbor and make things better for them."
Franklin also encourages fans to be "courteous, respectful and considerate" when stopping by. "This is their home, and our fans are their guests," he concluded. "We don't want our neighbors saying, 'How rude!' "
A version of this story first appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.