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‘Modern Family’ Shooting Location Details

January 24, 2020
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‘Modern Family’ is a show that has been consistently recognized as one of the best sitcoms of all time. The ABC show has been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award 82 times! Moreover, it has gone on to win 22 of those awards.

The show revolves around members of a large, complicated family comprising of three smaller nuclear families.

Modern Family Filming Locations

While the quality writing of ‘Modern Family’ keeps the sitcom fresh, most of the show’s action takes place in multiple, recurring locations. These locations are generally the characters’ houses and a large chunk of the series is set there. This should not be surprising at all given the fact that the show is a sitcom and chronicles the routine conflicts of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family.

Los Angeles, California

‘Modern Family’ is almost entirely shot in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. Most of the show’s interior scenes are filmed on soundstages at the 20th Century Studios in Century City, Los Angeles, California. Formerly called the 20th Century Fox Studios, it was renamed by Disney after its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

While most of the interior filming of ‘Modern Family’ takes place at 20th Century Studios, the exterior shots of the characters’ houses are filmed at actual properties in Los Angeles, California. We are sure that this is the information that you are most interested in.

To begin with, the Dunphys stay in a conventional, suburban home. The family of five consists of the head of the family, Phil, his wife Claire and their children, Alex, Haley and Luke.

The place where the exterior shots of their house are filmed is actually located on 10336, Dunleer Drive in Los Angeles. The house is two storeys high and is located just two miles away from 20th Century Studios. This proximity would have surely factored into the selection of the location.

Close to the Dunphy home, is the duplex that Mitchell and Cam are shown living in. The actual place where the exterior shots of the homosexual couple’s house are shot is located on 2211 Fox Hills Drive in Century City. As its street address suggests, the house is located a walk away from 20th Century Studios.

The actual house consists of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. Moreover, its estimated worth is $1.3 million.

Furthermore, the prettiest house on the show certainly belongs to the head of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family, Jay. He stays with his dog, second wife and step-son. The house is depicted to have a pool and is quite spacious and elegantly designed.

In reality, the house is much bigger as an entire wing of the mansion is not shown on ‘Modern Family.’ The actual place where exterior shots of Jay’s mansion are filmed is located on 121 S. Cliffwood Avenue in Brentwood, California. The house has 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and sprawls over 6,359 square feet. It is estimated to be worth more than $8 million.

Apart from the houses, the show also makes use of several other locations in Los Angeles, California. However, these places are usually episode-specific and hardly reappear.

However, the football field where Cam often coaches his school football team has appeared multiple times. The actual place where the filming of these scenes takes place is the football field of the Palisades High School on 15777 Bowdoin Street.

Some of the other locations that have been made use of for filming ‘Modern Family’ include South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, Unocal 76 Station in West Los Angeles, Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City, Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills and Goorus Yoga on 15327 W. Sunset Boulevard

Moreover, filming for the show has also been carried out at Rialto Theatre in South Pasadena, Griffith Helipad, Westside Pavilion Mall, Point Due and Westward Beach, Dinah’s Family Restaurant in S Sepulveda Boulevard, Magnolia Bakery on West 3rd Street, Four Seasons Resort.

Other Locations

Apart from filming in California, the show’s crew has also traveled to multiple places for filming the sitcom. This generally happens when a particular episode demands scenes to be filmed in a location outside California. This is usually seen when the family goes out of station on a vacation or for some other purpose.

Most recently, in the fifteenth episode of the eleventh season the family is seen going to Paris as Jay has to accept a lifetime achievement award there. Scenes set in the French capital have actually been filmed in Paris.

Other than that, the show has also been filmed at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Hawaii. Filming at the resort was carried out for the twenty-third episode of the first season where the family goes to Hawaii to celebrate Jay’s birthday. Moreover, filming was also conducted at Disneyland for an episode in the third season.

Moreover, in the third season premiere, the family is seen traveling to Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Filming for the episode took place at Lost Creek Ranch and Spa on Old Ranch Road, Moose, Wyoming.

Moreover, for the episode titled ‘Crocodile Dunphy’ in the fifth season, filming was carried out in Australia. Down under, filming took place at the One & Only Hayman Island Resort and in Sydney. The iconic Harbour Bridge Climb was also filmed.

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