Oh. My. God.
One of New York City’s most famous apartments is for sale in B.C.’s capital.
The condo is styled to resemble that of the purple apartment in the 90s phenomenon Friends, a setting that’s remained iconic and recognizable even decades after the series aired.
Though not the same layout as Monica Geller’s apartment, the home certainly gives off similar vibes: the French poster is there, as are the teal cabinets, black and white bathroom tiles, and a replica of Phoebe Buffay’s work of art, Gladys.
The staircase is tight, so if you’re moving a couch upstairs, you may be forced to pivot.
A loft above the main living area features some of the items from Joey Tribbiani and Chandler Bing’s apartment, including Hugsy, Joey’s bedtime penguin pal.
It’s centrally located in Victoria’s downtown, close to several coffee shops — a perk for any Friends fan.
What’s not to like? Purple walls: good. Magna Doodle: good. Photos from the series all over the place: good.
While originally listed at $650,000, the price is now down to $625,000. Realtor Jayden Vo says the change was to reflect current market trends.
“We were hoping that an investor buyer who shares the interest in the TV show would appreciate all the detail and would come in and be willing to pay a little bit more,” he said.
The 550-square-foot property has been listed as an Airbnb since 2022, giving visitors to the area the option to stay there for a day, a week, a month or even a year.
And people love it.
The spot has 4.97 stars out of 5, and the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
“You may not actually get out to explore Victoria because you’ll be having too much fun here,” one reviewer wrote.
“The place was a Friends dream, loads of fun and placed in a safe neighborhood with lots to do nearby. The apartment was also nice and clean, it was nice to see all the references from Friends in the apartment,” wrote another.
Vo said whoever buys the condo has the option to continue running it as an Airbnb.
While the show premiered in 1994 and ran for 10 seasons, ending nearly 20 years ago, it’s made a lasting impression with viewers; the apartments and coffee shops have been recreated several times over and merchandising for the show continues, with everything from replicas of set decorations to Lego sets and characters from the show.
A Friends reunion was released in 2021, after the cast was on a break.
It’s part of a trend around nostalgia, as millennials seek objects and media from their youth. Movies about Barbie and Mario Bros., remakes of The Little Mermaid and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and a new Power Rangers series are all set to release this year.
In 2019, Bob Thompson, director of the Bleier Centre for Television & Popular Culture at Syracuse University, told CBC that nostalgia has always been a big part of the human experience.
“I am sure there were people in caves, thinking back of the glorious days before we invented fire,” he said.