The house featured in "Prescription: Murder" and at least 2 or 3 other "Columbo" episodes has been discussed in a recent thread on this board. So I was amused to find this house starring on the front page of the NY Times Real Estate section today (actually, the section is called "Escapes" in the dead-tree version).
The article has a nice color photo of Susan Hudson's swimming pool, and describes what it's like, from the owner's viewpoint, to live in a house that has architecture buffs constantly hanging around the yard to gawk at it.
The article is called "A Home to Its Owners, A Museum to Its Fans". Columbo is not mentioned, although the house is also said to be the set of the TV show "Charmed".
The article is on the NY Times web site, although a registration might be required (maybe not, if you go there today):
Very interesting article--thanks, Ted. I read it online and didn't see the pool clearly in the picture, but that is definitely the house. You can see exactly where Columbo took Joan Hudson to take her statement at the end of Prescription Murder.
The L-shaped pool is on the right, in the foreground. The water is still so it doesn't call a lot of attention to itself, but you can see its reflective surface.
oh, thanks, Ted. i see the pool now. it confused me because i remembered the blue tile on the sides of the pool, and i don't see any blue tile here.
one other thing i noticed about the pool in the columbo episodes. from some views (like when eric wagner is about to be murdered) you can see at least a foot of tile above the waterline, while from other viewpoints the waterline looks almost as high as the shore/patio. it makes me wish i could see a panoramic view of the whole pool, to see how it is designed.
Very cool Ted. I love the clean lines on that house.
And I want that car that's in the driveway!! Anybody know what kind of car it is?
Good job Ted, it was a very interesting article and quite timely. I believe the car in the picture is an a Porsche convertible from the 1960's.
I'm glad you folks enjoyed it. I made an error in saying that this was the "Charmed" house -- the article discusses several "famous" houses, and the "Charmed" house is a different one. Still, it was great fun to see that the lead photo showed a house so familiar to "Columbo" fans, so totally recognizable.
Thanks for the info on the car Egg....now will you buy it for me??
And Ted, I read it the same way. I thought it had said it was used for the Charmed series.
its a porsche 356
thanks robbie....then i guess you'll have to buy it for me.