From Rachel and Monica’s famously purple pad to Seinfeld’s spick-and-span spot on the Upper West Side, the make-believe homes that appear on our favorite TV shows can be just as memorable as the characters themselves (at least for design nerds like us). If you’ve ever wished you could get a closer look at a television residence, check out the work of artist Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, whose masterfully drawn floorplans give fans a bird’s-eye view of some of their most beloved TV homes. Whether you’re most interested in Ted Mosby’s bachelor pad from How I Met Your Mother or Carrie Bradshaw’s fashionista digs as seen on Sex in the City, browse the gallery below for a different view of these fantasy abodes.
Whether you loved the controversial ending of How I Met Your Mother or hated it, one thing you probably will agree with is that Ted, Lily, and Marshall shared a pretty sweet apartment. From the slanted couch where the crew watched the Robin Sparkles music video to the desk where Ted practiced his architecture, we’d say this depiction is pretty spot-on.
Carrie’s apartment on Sex and the City was rather compartmentalized, so it was a bit difficult to fully grasp the layout from just seeing it on TV. Lizarralde’s aerial view allows us to appreciate the flow of the flat–particularly the incredible walk-through closet.
Frasier Crane’s Seattle home is easily one of the most envy-inducing apartments in all of TV history with its open-concept sunken living room and modern styling. Visualizing it from overhead only emphasizes the home’s grandiose scale and harmonious proportions. For example, did you realize that the balcony was triangular? We didn’t!
Though it’s pretty dubious that a waitress and an aspiring chef could afford such a spacious 2-bedroom in one of New York City’s most coveted neighborhoods, the public largely ignored the facts surrounding Rachel and Monica’s apartment from Friends because it was just so cozy and adorable. Lizarralde got all of the details down pat, including the balcony where Ugly Naked Guy could be spied upon and the “mystery closet” where Monica stashed all her junk.
And if you’re interested in another interpretation of the apartments on Friends, Brandi Roberts‘ versions include Ross and Phoebe’s homes as well and make lovely gifts for the TV lovers in your life.
Did you ever notice how huge the Simpson family’s pink residence at 732 Evergreen Terrace is? The TV show really doesn’t do the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3-living room home justice!
Jerry Seinfeld’s neat and tidy bachelor pad is pretty straightforward and one of the most believable when it comes to what TV characters’ apartments look like compared to their occupations. As a successful comedian, Jerry probably could afford a larger place, but we’re still confused as to how Kramer was able to live across the hall from him…
This floorplan of Sheldon and Leonard’s open-concept residence from The Big Bang Theory takes full advantage of the slanted couch layout that so many TV set designers like to employ, and even shows Sheldon’s Cyclon toaster resting on the countertop.
Apparently being a serial killer does not preclude you from having really great interior design taste (perhaps the meticulousness helps?). This overhead view of Dexter Morgan’s apartment shows the home in all of its glory – at least when it’s not splattered with blood.
And last but not least, we can’t forget Chandler and Joey’s apartment (or Monica and Rachel’s, depending on what season) from Friends. Even though it was always thought of as less desirable than the one across the hall, it did have some of its own charms, like the famous foosball table and convenient breakfast bar.
To purchase any of Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde’s meticulously drawn works, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his Etsy store.
If you could choose, which fantasy apartment would you want to live in?