Olivia Harvey
January 19, 2017 12:39 pm
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We don’t know about you, but our dream house is The Bachelor mansion. It’s romantic, private, and has this Tuscan feel about it. We’re swooning just thinking about living there. But did you know that someone actually DOES live there?

Marshall Haraden designed and built his dream home, unbeknownst to him that it was destined to become the love pad of multitudes of singles looking for romance. Yup, The Bachelor mansion is actually a family home.

Haraden built the California mansion in 2004 as a permanent residence for his family of six. When producers asked Haraden if they could use the mansion as the backdrop for the steamy reality TV show, Haraden gave them the green light.

Here’s how it all works, logistically. The Haraden family moves out of the mansion when The Bachelor crew moves in. The father of four and owner of his own contracting company, The Marshall Group, revealed some behind-the-scenes details to The Today Show about living in such a famed locale.

“When [the crew] comes, we move out for 42 days,” Haraden said. “Everything we own leaves the property and goes into storage.” During those 42 days the home gets a makeover. Walls a repainted depending on which show is shooting – The Bachelor or The Bachelorette.

By the time the hometown dates come around, the camera crew returns everything back to normal before vacating the premise and letting the Haradens move back in.

Haraden admits that it’s always a bit jarring to see his home on television. The six-bedroom, nine-bathroom mega house has also been the backdrop for many commercials and has also appeared in the show, Quantico. 

Even though it’s a little disappointing to realize that someone already permanently lives in the Bachelor mansion, meaning we can’t magically move in, it’s also cool to get an inside look into one of America’s favorite reality television shows. If walls could talk, amiright?

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