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Here's How Much Your Favorite TV Homes & Apartments Would Actually Cost

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

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Apartment envy

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Apartment envy

Real talk: Swooning over fictionalized TV apartments is almost as much fun as watching the shows the apartments are in. However, this often leads to a severe case of apartment envy followed by a round of questioning all your life choices and, finally, feeling particularly dubious of your favorite characters' ability to afford said apartments. 

After all, who among us wouldn't love to sit on the stoop of Carrie Bradshaw's Sex and the City brownstone or browse law books at the home-slash-practice of HTGAWM's Annalise Keating? But naturally, the pressing question is this: Could we afford to? Could they even afford to? 

To find out, we tapped real estate site Trulia to pinpoint how much our favorite TV apartments would cost per month in real life. And while some of the answers may pleasantly surprise you, Trulia's real estate and lifestyle expert Lynnette Bruno shares some cautionary insight. 

"While the homes on TV shows and movies seem like reasonably sized living spaces for our favorite characters, what these shows don't reflect well is the true cost of living in pricey cities like New York City and San Francisco," she told us. "In reality, the Full House Tanner family home would actually be far too expensive for the average American family to afford and maintain." 

Keep reading to see exactly how reasonable (or not) these memorable TV digs truly are. 

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Carrie Bradshaw's brownstone

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Carrie Bradshaw's brownstone

It remains one of the great mysteries of life how Sex and the City's Carrie Bradshaw could afford her life. For Manolo's sake, the woman admitted to spending over $40,000 on shoes! Not to mention frequently eating out and, oh, did we mention she has a fabulous (albeit small) brownstone apartment on the Upper East Side? 

While the show explained at least one part of this away by having Carrie reference her rent-controlled pad ran $750 a month, we may never know how the writer managed to afford everything else. And, this much is certain: the Carrie of yesteryear wouldn't be able to afford that same apartment today. The exterior shots were filmed at 64 and 66 Perry St. throughout the series, while the apartment itself is reportedly located at 245 East 73rd St.

Trulia estimates the brownstone building housing Carrie's fictional home is worth $15,815,936. The value of her estimated 600-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom junior four-configured apartment believed to be on the second floor is estimated to be worth $1 million. That's a whole lotta articles for Vogue

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The Gallagher family home

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The Gallagher family home

The Gallagher family home from Shameless may not be much, but it feels... homey. Plus, the outside of the 1,000-square-foot Chicago home is pretty darn precious. And, well, it is a prime example of a TV home that its fictional family could actually afford. 

According to public records, the home sold in 2007 for $136,000. However, Trulia estimates that the market value of the home today is $72,779. So the residence that served as the site of so many drunken Frank Gallagher rants would be rather affordable — a plus when the family patriarch is an unemployed alcoholic. If Frank bought the home and put down the standard 10 percent, his monthly mortgage payments would run around $530 per Trulia. 

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The intern house on 'Grey's'

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The intern house on 'Grey's'

As we all know, the intern house on Grey's Anatomy is actually Meredith Grey's house. She inherited it following the death of her mother, the esteemed Dr. Ellis Grey. But at any given time, multiple interns of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital could be found cohabitating in the Seattle home. But could a medical intern afford a house like this?

Well, yes and no. According to Trulia, the real-life intern house is located at 303 West Comstock St. in Seattle, Washington, and the site estimates its current market value at a whopping $2,000,960. We can assume that since the house was given to Meredith, the mortgage had already been paid off by Ellis when she sold it to Alex. However, the intern house mortgage today would run approximately $10,943 per month to own. Let's hope Mer and Alex were charging some hefty rent. 

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The 'New Girl' loft

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The 'New Girl' loft

We can't be alone in marveling over the massive amount of space in the flat shared by the New Girl roomies... can we? Twenty-somethings Jess, Nick, Winston and Schmidt live in Downtown LA's Arts District in a warehouse-like loft that would give most of us major apartment envy. 

For good reason, apparently. Curbed Los Angeles figures the New Girl pad is a penthouse unit around 2,600 square feet. They estimate the monthly listing price for an apartment like this to be around $4,500 in today's market. This seems doable split between the four roommates, we suppose... especially if Schmidt, who loves to flaunt his money, were to kick in a little extra. 

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Lorelai's Stars Hollow home

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Lorelai's Stars Hollow home

It wasn't just Lorelai Gilmore's extreme coolness that made us wish she were our mom — it was her super-charismatic Stars Hollow home too. Despite never feeling like it was good enough for her well-to-do family, Lorelai took a lot of pride in making the two-bedroom, two-bathroom home a special place to raise Rory. Of course, we've all wondered how the witty matriarch could afford so much house (need we remind you of the porch?!). A single mother, she has openly admitted to struggling financially over the years and lacking any real savings. 

While Lorelai could probably afford her precious Stars Hollow house now that she runs the Dragonfly Inn, it seems unlikely she could have purchased it before then. Today, Trulia estimates a two-bedroom, two-bath home in small-town Connecticut like the Gilmores' would come with a $445,000 price tag. Based on a purchase with a 10 percent down payment, the monthly mortgage payment would run around $2,792. 

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Sheldon & Leonard's apartment

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Sheldon & Leonard's apartment

With all of the brain power contained in Sheldon and Leonard's Pasadena, California, apartment on The Big Bang Theory, you'd think it would need to be huge. However, these university scientists make do with a modest two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment. 

While many TV apartments would be way too pricey for the characters inhabiting them, the opposite is actually true for Sheldon and Leonard. According to Bankrate, who polled real estate experts in the Pasadena area, an apartment like theirs would run anywhere from $1,800 to $2,200 per month in rent. And since Sheldon and Leonard are both extremely well-educated and successful geniuses in their fields, they could likely afford to upgrade. 

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The Dunphy family home

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The Dunphy family home

On Modern Family, the home shared by Phil and Claire Dunphy with their kids, Haley, Alex and Luke, is the site of much hilarity. The house is nicely appointed yet retains a lived-in look, which most — well, you know — modern families can relate to. The family originally relied on Phil's career as a real estate agent to fund their lifestyle, as Claire was a stay-at-home mom when they bought the home and before taking on her dad's role at his company after he retired. 

Here's the rub, though: Trulia estimates a home of the Dunphys' size in the West Los Angeles, California, area would cost $1,458,000 today. And fun fact: "The owners of the real-life Modern Family house were paid a fee for filming exterior shots," Trulia revealed. "They sold the home for $2,150,000 in May 2014." So if the Dunphy family were to afford the estimated $7,710 monthly mortgage payments, Phil would have to move some serious real estate. 

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Claire & Frank Underwood's townhome

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Claire & Frank Underwood's townhome

If you love classic design, you probably can't help drooling over the stately townhome of Frank and Claire Underwood on the Netflix series House of Cards. Although the show depicts the townhome as being located at 1609 Far St. NW in Washington, D.C. (the place for politicians, natch!), the exterior shots are filmed in real life at 1609 Park Ave. in Boston, Massachusetts. 

And according to Trulia, the timing is right if you want to live like the Underwoods — the Boston rowhouse used for exterior filming is currently on the market for $824,900 with an estimated monthly mortgage payment of $3,796. That certainly sounds swingable for a pair of wealthy politicians, right? 

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Will & Grace's apartment

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Will & Grace's apartment

Were you as excited as we were to see that Will and Grace's gorgeous New York City apartment still served as the backdrop for the reboot? We weren't ready to give up the place where these two (along with the inimitable Jack and Karen, of course) shared so many shenanigans. 

Located at 155 Riverside Drive in the city in real life, the apartment would have a steep price tag today. "The median rent today for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit like Will and Grace’s on the Upper West Side is $5,940," said Trulia. Since Will and Grace presumably split the payment and both are successful (Will as a lawyer and Grace as an interior designer), this doesn't seem terribly far-fetched for them to afford. 

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Annalise Keating's home/office

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Annalise Keating's home/office

Fierce yet troubled lawyer-slash-professor Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder elicits envy for many reasons — one of which is her dreamy California home that doubles as her practice headquarters. Sure, there have been a few, er, mishaps *cough, MURDERS* in its history. But wouldn't you turn a blind eye for such stunning architectural features? 

In real life, the home is located at 1130 West 27th St. in Los Angeles, per Trulia. Built in 1895, the historic home boasts 3,108 square feet. Although it is currently off the market, Trulia estimates the home's value at $906,662 today.

If you're doing the math, that would put Annalise's monthly mortgage payment at $4,004 assuming a 20 percent down payment. But, let's be real. A high-profile lawyer like Annalise could handle that — you know, at least before the whole being-arrested-for-murder debacle. 

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