There are a number of make believe houses, which have captured the public imagination. One of these has so captured the imagination, that it was actually built for real. That house is the Munster Abode.
Even a makebelieve house has a make believe story to go with it. The Munsterhome is located at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in Mockingbird Heights. Where mockingbird height might be, apparently wasn't known to the writers of the show. In one episode, the house was built on a pirate fort that a pirate (Captain Morgan?) operated from. I'm not aware of any piratical activity that occured in the L.A. Ca. area, but it would be suggested in other episodes that Mockingbird Heights is supposed to be in Southern California.The Munsters would have found the house already built when the emigrated from Transylvania, and my guess is the very eclectic style of the house suggests that perhaps the house was built sometime in the 1890's.
I don't believe the name of the builder or any details of previous occupants that may have lived there were ever given out. It wasn't even clear in the series if the Munsters owned or rented. It was in the made for TV movie (1995 Here Comes The Munsters)A very different Munster residence in L.A., at 1313 Mockingbird Lanewas the home of Herman Munster's brother in law Norman Hyde. But the Munster Home most of us are familiar with is the one from the 1964 series, and that facade was located at Universal Studios, Hollywood.
The home used in the series, was also used in the two feature films (Munsters Go Home 1966 and-Made for TV- Munsters Revenge 1981).Because Universal is a working studio, and the street where the Munster House Facade is located is used for series like "Housewives of Orange County."It needs to have a more sedate appearence. For this reason, the facade was long ago stripped of it's gothic flair.
For this reason, the exterior set was unavailable to be dressed up in it's familiar guise for the "Munsters Today" TV series, so a model was made instead.
Because the exterior facade was not availabe, it has not appeared in any Munster presentation, and other arrangements had to be made for "Here Come the Munsters" An actual house would be dressed up to represent the Munster Residence in this version.
Although the Munster House facade is a shadow of it's self, and is devoid of gothic touches, the Munster House lives on at Waxahaxie Texas.
There Sandra and Charles McKee have built a full scale version of the familair house, which is their home. It is opened to the public once a year (Oct 30 and Oct 31) for an annual charity event. The Munster home isn't complete without a Munster Koach, and the McKees are fashioning their own version of the Koach. Just one word of advice. If you are in the Waxahaxie area, do not attempt to set your GPS to 1313 Mockingbird Lane, and expect to find the house. You'llbe directed to a neighboring community, and end up at a bend of the road, where no such house exists.