Here's Where You Can Visit The Bachelor Mansion

"The Bachelor" first aired on March 25, 2002, and for years fans have admired the beautiful rooms and grounds of the home where it is filmed (almost) as much as they have enjoyed the drama unfolding inside. Each season, a Bachelor or Bachelorette invites dozens of eligible suitors to come and stay at the mansion and vie for his or her attention through a series of dates (via The Washington Post). 

The ultimate victory is to be offered the Final Rose and a proposal. The estate where these "journeys" take place has become as famous as the series itself. Many viewers may not realize that the house where "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" are filmed takes place in a real family home (per Today). The backdrop for those infamous cocktail parties and rose ceremonies is a private residence that belongs to a real estate developer and his family. Named Villa de la Vina, the Mediterranean home is available to the public for hosting conferences, special events, or even a private dinner (per House Beautiful).

The Bachelor Mansion is a real home

Located at 2351 Kanan Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, the home was built by Marshall Haraden who lives there with his wife and four children (per Today). According to Zillow, the 8000-square foot home is set on close to 10 acres and boasts six bedrooms and nine bathrooms. 

Fans of "The Bachelor" have long admired the Tuscan-inspired setting of the home that features a beautiful backyard with an infinity pool and stunning views of the nearby Santa Monica Mountains. The mansion also boasts a beautiful front courtyard that has been a backdrop for some unusual introductions (per The Washington Post). Exiting the limo and trying to win that First Impression Rose is always a challenge, and some contestants go to the extreme. Some might trace those efforts back to 2011 when Jeff Medolla jumped out of the car wearing a "Zorro" mask. Many viewers question whether these antics actually help the contestants (it didn't help Medolla) but the series wouldn't be the same without them.

Behind the scenes of filming the Bachelor

Filming one season of "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" takes approximately 42 days and production takes place twice a year (per Today). Each time, Marshall Haraden, his wife, and their four children move out of their home. Not only does the family vacate the home but they remove all of their belongings as well. "Everything we own leaves the property and goes into storage," Haraden tells Today. In addition, the home is repainted each time to reflect the special ambiance of whichever show is being filmed. After the majority of the season's episodes have been filmed and by the time the hometown dates have begun, the house is restored and the family moves back in again. 

Haraden owns the construction company, The Marshall Group, and he claims that when he built his family home, there was no way to foresee that it would become so famous. In a series filled with surprises at every turn, Villa de la Vina is the constant that viewers continue to appreciate and enjoy.