Something’s Cookin’ in the Suburbs
While many serialized programs experience a decline in viewers after the first few seasons, AMC’s “Breaking Bad” only continues to build momentum. The fifth season premiere of the Emmy winning show garnered the highest ratings in the show’s history–and for good reason.
“Breaking Bad”’s cinematography, writing, and acting (particularly the performance of Brian Cranston, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for three consecutive years) has been lauded by critics since the show premiered in 2008. The Albuquerque landscape provides a uniquely stark, relentlessly sunny backdrop for the show.
As with most shows set in the suburbs, much of the drama of “Breaking Bad” unfolds within houses. (The Marc Valdez Weblog, written by an Albuquerque native, has a wealth of information about the shooting locations used by the show.) Over four seasons, these houses have taken their fair share of abuse–some more than others.
Below, we examine the five most important “Breaking Bad” houses. Make sure to take Movoto Real Estate‘s “Breaking Bad” House Quiz, to see which of these houses best suits your needs.
Note: Possible spoilers.
The “White” House
“My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico,” is the show’s very first line of dialogue. This unassuming, three-bedroom, ranch-style house is the center of the White family saga, home to Walter, Skyler, Walter Jr. and Holly.
In the third season finale, we even get a glimpse of Skyler and Walt touring the house in the early years of their marriage. Walt, riding a wave of recent business success, comments that the house isn’t big enough, but they end up buying it anyway.
At the beginning of the first season, Skyler and Junior nag Walt to fix the water heater. They end up getting more than they bargain for when Walt installs a new, high-end heater, then discovers the house has “rot.” Walt’s renovations become more elaborate and invasive. As the seasons unfold, this house becomes a source of contention for the White family–who gets to live there and who doesn’t, and whether it’s safe from Mexican cartel assassins.
The real-life location of the house is 3828 Piermont Drive, in Albuquerque. The house’s estimated value is about $193,000.
Jesse Pinkman’s Aunt’s House
This used to be Jesse’s aunt’s house. Jesse moved in while his aunt was dying of lung cancer, and continued living there after her death. However, the house is still owned by Jesse’s parents, and they finally kick him out after finding a meth lab in the basement.
Several seasons later, Jesse gets sweet revenge by buying the house with cash, at a reduced rate. The house, which is still much larger than Jesse needs, becomes the site of epic drug-addled parties.
The address of the house on the show is 9809 Margo Street, while the real location is at 322 16th St SW. It was sold most recently in 2010, and its current estimated worth is about $500,000.
Hank and Marie’s House
Marie Schrader is Skyler’s sister. Her husband, Hank, is a DEA agent, and has no idea that his brother-in-law is cooking meth. This fact has served as a major source of tension throughout the show.
We first see Hank and Marie’s house in season two. A pueblo-style house in a neighborhood of pueblo-style houses, this residence is located at the end of a cul de sac, close to the Sandia Mountains. Hank brews his own beer in the garage, while Marie is often seen in the kitchen, stirring numerous packets of Splenda into hot beverages.
As we learn in the season three episode “Open House,” Marie is fond of attending open houses, though perhaps not for their intended purpose.
The house, located at 4901 Cumbre Del Sur NE, is the most expensive one on our list, with an estimated worth of $660,000.
Gus Fring’s House
We first meet Gus Fring in the third season. Fring is the owner of a fast food chicken empire, Los Pollos Hermanos. He’s also a pillar of the community, frequently rubbing elbows with DEA agents and donating large sums to charitable causes.
However, this good citizenship is just a cover for Fring’s real business–the manufacture of methamphetamine in vast quantities.
Fring lives in a white ranch house that is as innocuous as his Volvo station wagon. Both Walt and Jesse are invited here for dinner, on different occasions, when Fring finds it necessary to woo them. The shots of the house are always dark, so that it seems menacing, despite being so ordinary.
The house is located at 1213 Jefferson St. NE, and is worth an estimated $381,000.
We are now six episodes into the fifth and final season of “Breaking Bad”. The show’s producers made the controversial decision to split this sixteen-episode season in half. After episode eight, which will air on September 2, fans will have to wait until 2013 for the final episodes, giving us all plenty of time for our own home repairs.
Breaking Bad airs on Sunday nights at 10/9c on AMC.
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