Superfans around the world often show their obsessive devotion to their favorite series and movies by recreating or buying incredibly detailed and authentic props and memorabilia. We’ve seen working Batmobiles, a real life Smurfs village, and now this, an authentic reproduction of The Simpsons house standing proudly in Henderson, Nev. One catch, the picture was from way back in 1997, before quick internet and blogs even existed.
This 2,200-square-foot, four-bedroom livable tribute to the long running hit series was built by Kaufman and Broad Home Construction as the grand prize for the winner of a Fox and Pepsi sponsored nationwide sweepstakes. They got every detail of the house right by watching hundreds of episodes, pondering thousands of color swatches, and ultimately choosing or creating over 1,500 Simpsons real life show props, from Duff Beer cans to the living room’s signature nautical painting.
Part of an affordable housing community appropriately named Springfield, the house cost $120k to build, not to mention the countless hours of planning and research. And here’s the kicker – the retired factory worker from Kentucky who won the sweepstakes opted for a $75K payout instead of the house itself, which sadly led to the demise of the virtual Simpsons shrine in 2001, when it was stripped of its show likeness and sold on the market to a family who likely knew nothing of its amazing history. What a shame.