If you’ve watched enough of The Simpsons over the years, you probably feel like you know the beloved cartoon family’s home inside and out—from the brown couch in the living room to the pink-walled dining room to Bart’s messy bedroom. What you might not know is that there’s actually a real-life version of that home in Henderson, Nevada, just a short drive away from all the excitement of Las Vegas.
This replica Simpsons house was constructed back in 1997, at the height of the long-running show’s popularity. At the time, it was accurate down to the smallest details, from the the big bay window overlooking the front lawn, to the chimney, to the driveway where Homer almost runs over Bart in the opening credits. The house was even painted in the same bright colors as the house on the show.
Surprisingly, this incredible replica wasn’t built by a wealthy Simpsons super fan. Instead, it was intended to serve as the grand prize of a contest promoted by FOX and Pepsi. Simpsons creator Matt Groening even showed up at the house’s unveiling and drew a picture of Homer in the wet concrete out front, sweetening the prize for the winner.
While it surely seemed like a very cool idea at the time, however, the winner of the contest ultimately decided that he didn’t want to live in a garish, cartoon-inspired house—we can’t blame him—and opted for a $75,000 cash prize instead.
It was at that point that the story of the real-life Simpsons house took a bit of a depressing turn. When the house was deprived of an owner, it was resold as a private residence. The colorful walls were covered with white stucco. The lawn was xeriscaped. The interior was transformed to the point that it was no longer recognizable as the home of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball.
That being said, the house is still standing today—and the drawing of Homer by Groening is still visible in the concrete out front. Because it’s now a private residence, tours of the interior are no longer possible, but it’s certainly worth a drive by for any diehard Simpsons fans in the area. You can even book a nearby hotel in Las Vegas on Launchtrip. Just be sure to be respectful of the current owner of the home, who is no doubt as used to voyeuristic drive-bys as the person who lives in the Breaking Bad house in Albuquerque.
Oh, and don’t bother typing 742 Evergreen Terrace into Google Maps. The house’s real-world address is 712 Red Bark Lane.