If you’re getting tired of your apartment and wishing that your world could get flipped-turned upside down into something a bit more fresh, allow a 30-year-old sitcom to help you out.
Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff announced that they’d be partnering with Airbnb to turn the L.A. mansion seen in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s intro into a limited-time rental. Even better: You can sit on your throne for only $30 a night.
As any Angeleno who’s seen their own neighborhood stand in for another city probably already knows, there’s some TV production trickery you should know about the house first. For starters, while the mansion that’s up for rent is indeed the house used in establishing shots, it turns out it’s not actually in Bel Air: It’s on the other side of the 405 in Brentwood. Also, any scene in the show that was supposed to take place inside of Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv’s house was actually filmed on a soundstage (a mix of studios in Hollywood and Burbank, depending on the season).
So, no, you won’t actually find that white couch, those French doors or that curving staircase in the living room. But you will find a private pool and some totally ’90s, Big Willie-style perks, including a pair of Air Jordans, access to Will’s closet and a turntable (with some DJ Jazzy Jeff records, of course, who will also provide you with a virtual welcome into the mansion).
Reservations open up September 29 at 11am, but only five nights will be available to book: October 2, 5, 8, 11 and 14. You must be a Los Angeles County resident, and you can only bring one other guest who’s part of your at-home cluster. Also worth noting: The rental is only for “Will’s wing of the home,” so you won’t have the run of the entire kingdom.
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