Sorry, “ Homeland” fans: the Charlotte house where Sgt. Nicholas Brody and his family live has already been sold.
And it appears Charlotte’s recovering real estate market – perhaps combined with a dash of celebrity sparkle – helped the one-story, SouthPark-area house move quickly. Owner Vicki Tetreault said Monday that the house sold in one day, with five offers, and fetched above the asking price of $394,000.
“We hate to sell it,” said Tetreault of the house where she spent much of her life. She and her brother co-own the home now. But between rising property taxes and the recovery of housing prices in Charlotte, Tetreault said it seemed like the right time to sell. She’s contemplating a move to the Matthews area, or perhaps out of Mecklenburg County to find lower taxes.
Home prices in Charlotte rose 8.3 percent in July compared to the same month last year, a report released earlier this month found.
Keller Williams agent Mike Anderson listed the Mountainbrook neighborhood house for sale. The four bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home has been the scene of domestic drama for the Brody family for the first two seasons of “Homeland” (although the show now has a set designed to look like the house, where most of the interior shots are taped).
“It was a privilege and an honor to be chosen” for the award-winning Showtime series, said Tetreault, a semi-retired medical transcriber. She grew up in the house, lived there from fifth grade through college and moved back afterwards.
The house on Knob Hill Court, of course, is supposed to be in Virginia in the fictional “Homeland” landscape. Brody, played by Damian Lewis, and his wife Jessica Brody, played by Morena Baccarin, try to reestablish their lives in the home with their two children after Brody returns from years spent in enemy captivity.
Tetreault talks about the actors and their characters with a smile now, gesturing at places where CIA agent Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes), Brody and Jessica walked through the house. She got to meet them all, but tried to stay out of their way as they focused on shooting multiple takes of many scenes. Diego Klattenhoff, the actor who played Brody’s friend Maj. Mike Faber, was one of the most friendly actors, Tetreault noted.
She never got to meet Mandy Patinkin, who plays CIA agent Saul Berenson. “He never had a scene here,” Tetreault said.
Since most of the interior shots are done off-site now, the actors haven’t been by as often. Tetreault doesn’t want to reveal too much of next season’s plot, but she said she thinks “Homeland” will be less focused on the domestic troubles of the Brody family.
In January, Tetreault said the house had become something of a tourist destination. About 25 people came by to take photos at Christmastime.
“Last year I thought I’d put a sign out sayin’ ’Brody doesn’t live here,’ you know?” she told WCNC at the time. “So they know that he isn’t really in the house.”
Her parents built the one-story home in 1960. Pamphlets distributed at the house show the “Homeland” poster and include a page of photographs of the cast and crew at work on set. The lot is a half-acre, and “perfect for entertaining” (anyone remember Brody’s awkward welcome-home party?).
Anderson said the house’s star turn was a minor selling point.
“Mountainbrook is a terrific neighborhood,” he said. “I’m not sure the ‘Homeland’ drove any more interest. It just showed really well ... Homes that are in good condition, priced right and staged properly, the buyers are out there.”
He did say there was a “tremendous” turnout for Sunday’s open house. And he had to explain why there’s still cabling laid through much of the house.
“That drew a few questions,” Anderson said.
The show, which is shot largely in Charlotte, returns for its third season on Showtime on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m.
But the house’s new owners likely won’t be tuning in: Tetreault said they don’t have cable, and aren’t familiar with “Homeland.” Staff writer Andrew Dunn contributed
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