MiniMac Visits The Season 1 Apartment

Located at the north end of the bohemian Venice Beach neighborhood stands the building better known to us as MacGyver’s season 1 home.

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Built in 1981, the 3 leveled “Wolf building” stands conspicuously between its colorful neighbors at 317 Ocean Front Walk, it’s once white exterior now greyed from years of built-up dirt and grime.  The green railing we see MacGyver bound over in the show has been replaced by a glass brick wall and the café we see in the show is long gone leaving the area open to be used as the main entrance into the much different interior from what we see in the show, which, like MacGyver’s other homes, was filmed on a sound stage. The general layout we see on screen is similar to the real interior though, with the kitchen being in the same place, but MacGyver’s bedroom is actually the main lounge area which extends into a hallway leading to the bedrooms located at the rear of the building and an atrium extending the full height of the building allows natural light to flood the living areas of all 3 levels. The building boasts one of largest rooftop decks of the entire Ocean Front Walk and a 6 car garage is accessed from the rear of the building giving plenty of parking and storage space for the occupants.

The glass brick fence at the front of the house provides privacy and security as the building sits one of LA’s best-known tourist attractions, the Venice Beach Ocean Front Walk.  Known as the cultural hub of LA, the Ocean Front Walk is a colorfully housed eclectic collection of arts and craft stalls, street performers, food and clothing outlets, gift stores and fitness enthusiasts; the famous Muscle Beach is located here along with basketball, paddle tennis, handball and beach volleyball courts. There’s also several public painting walls and areas where local artists can make murals and designs for the public to enjoy as well as open stage areas for public performances.  The area very much feels and reminds me of the neighborhood MacGyver moved into in season 7, which probably shouldn’t be surprising since the season 7 loft is just down the road from here.

 

 

 
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Looking north from MacGyver's place we see more stalls, stores, and art which defines the Ocean Walk as the cultural hub of LA. The carpark MacGyver uses is still here. The only thing which has changed is that they have built a concrete wall to replace the log barriers we see in MacGyver episodes.Known as the cultural hub of LA, the Ocean Front Walk is an eclectic collection of arts and craft stalls, street performers, food, clothing, and gift stores.Looking south from MacGyver's house heading towards the famous Muscle Beach fitness center. Known as the cultural hub of LA, the Ocean Front Walk is an eclectic collection of arts and craft stalls, street performers, food, clothing, and gift stores.
This area was seen in the opening shot of 'The prodigal" as the camera pans around to MacGyver's apartment.
This interesting little venice-like nook off the main sidewalk has cafes and gift shops.The bohemian Ocean Front Walk has a colorfully eclectic collection of arts and craft stalls. Everything in this store is made out of junk metal.The bohemian Ocean Front Walk has a colorfully eclectic collection of arts and craft stalls. Everything in this store is made out of junk metal.Arts and craft stalls like this one can be seen scattered along the entire length of the Ocean Front Walk 
Known as the cultural hub of LA, the Ocean Front Walk is an eclectic collection of arts and craft stalls, street performers, food, clothing, and gift stores.Scooters and bicycles are used in abundance by locals and tourists alike to travel the 1.5 miles of the Ocean Front Walk.Muscle Beach is considered the birthplace of the physical fitness boom in the United States during the 20th century.Originally known as the Venice Beach Weight Pen, this complex was renamed to Muscle Beach Venice in 1989 after the original Muscle Beach area in Santa Monica was closed down. It has since been reopened in a lesser capacity 
Originally known as the Venice Beach Weight Pen, this complex was renamed to Muscle Beach Venice in 1989 after the original Muscle Beach area in Santa Monica was closed down. It has since been reopened in a lesser capacity.
Muscle Beach is considered the birthplace of the physical fitness boom in the United States during the 20th century.Muscle Beach is considered the birthplace of the physical fitness boom in the United States during the 20th century and has been home to world champion bodybuilders and actors, many of whom are listed in the Muscle Beach Hall of Fame shown around the bottom of the railing.Reminders of MacGyver can be seen around the area.Reminders of MacGyver can be seen around the area.The real Baywatch.The real Baywatch out in front of MacGyver's apartment.'The Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower is a permanent public art installation and tourist attraction created by Venice Pride, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through acceptance and diversity.An atrium extending the full height of the building allows natural light to flood the living areas of all 3 levels.
Sourced: openlistings.comSourced: openlistings.comSource: openlistings.comSource: openlistings.comLibrary space located on the ground floor.
Source: openlistings.comMain entrance doors at the front of the building open into the meeting room area.
Source: openlistings.comConference/meeting room area on the ground floor, looking towards the front of the building.
Source: openlistings.comConference/meeting room area on the ground floor.
Source: openlistings.comBusiness facilities and office space are located on the ground floor.
Source: openlistings.comBusiness facilities and office space are located on the ground floor.
Source: openlistings.comBusiness facilities and office space including kitchenette are located on the ground floor.
Source: openlistings.comBathroom located at the rear of the ground floor.
Source: openlistings.comSecond level balcony.
Source: openlistings.comSecond level living and dining area.
Source: openlistings.comLooking through the second level lounge room towards the front of the building.
Source: openlistings.comLooking through the second level lounge room from the front of the building.
Source: openlistings.comThe kitchen area of the second level.
Source: openlistings.comHalways run from the main living areas past the atrium to the bed and bathrooms located at the rear of the building.
Source: openlistings.comThe atrium runs the full height of the building allowing natural light to flood all 3 levels.
Source: openlistings.comThe main living area on the 3rd level. This would have been MacGyver's apartment had he lived here for real.
Source: openlistings.comLooking through the lounge room down the hallways which leads past the atrium to bed and bathrooms at the back of the building. This area is shown as being MacGyver's bedroom on the set used for the show.
Source: openlistings.comThis would have been MacGyver's kitchen and living area if they had used the real building's interior instead of a sound stage. 
Source: openlistings.comThis would have been MacGyver's kitchen if they had used the real building's interior instead of a sound stage. 
Source: openlistings.com3rd level hallway leads down to the main living area past the 3 leveled atrium to the right and rooftop access to the left.
Source: openlistings.comOne of 3 bedrooms located on the 3rd level of the building.
Source: openlistings.comOne of 3 bedrooms located on the 3rd level of the building.
Source: openlistings.comOne of 3 bathrooms found on the 3rd floor.
Source: openlistings.comThe atrium extending the full height of the building allows natural light to flood the living areas of all 3 levels while roof provides one of largest rooftop decks of the entire Ocean Front Walk.
Source: openlistings.comThe building boasts one of largest rooftop decks of the entire Ocean Front Walk.
Source: openlistings.comThe building boasts one of largest rooftop decks of the entire Ocean Front Walk.
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A 6 car garage is accessed from the rear of the building giving plenty of parking and storage space for the occupants.
Source: openlistings.comThe green railing fence and cafe store we see in the show are now gone with a solid glass brick fence providing security and privacy to the now opened up main entrance to the building.
Source: openlistings.comAn atrium extending the full height of the building allows natural light to flood the living areas of all 3 levels.
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