This article was published on July 28th, 2012
It’s been known as Colonial Street, New England Street and Any Town USA, but to fans of ABC’s hit television drama series, Desperate Housewives, it can only be called, Wisteria Lane, and it lives at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Since the street was originally constructed in 1946, the motion picture studio has used the street for a number of television shows and movies including Leave It to Beaver, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
In 2004, Wisteria Lane became the set for Desperate Housewives, in the fictional town of Fairview. After the filming of the first season was completed, a number of changes were made to the street, including the removal of the church façade from Murder, She Wrote, to make way for Edie’s home, and the removal of two other facades, which was turned into a green space park.
The street, including Circle Drive, includes 16 homes, but only 13 of them are seen in the Desperate Housewives series. Some of the homes on the block have fully-functioning interiors, which is rare on a full-scale set.
Today, the homes from Desperate Housewives are still viewable on the popular Lot Tour, however, the street will likely change again in the near future to make way for another television series or movie set. The wisteria and other specific outdoor décor specific to the Desperate Housewives television show have already been removed.