Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Layouts: Tree House — October 11, 2018

Layouts: Tree House


Things to notice: 

This place is a mind twister – it takes a while to notice that the rooms are at a funny angle in relation to each other – probably a technical thing to make the set work, as the same thing happens with the Ridgeway apartment (but there there’s no way of matching the interior to the exterior). Here, I’ve tried to create a compromise between the exterior and the interior views – that leaves some really odd mystery spaces in the house, but they only make the place more interesting!

In Foxy Lady, the bedroom has a door, and the bookshelf is paneled up, purely for plot purposes.  The door and the back panel on the shelf are never seen again.

Everything on the wall opposite the couch is on the move, so don’t wonder if sometimes even the fireplace is seen in slightly different positions compared to the bookshelf. It was the direction from which the scenes were most often filmed, so the entire wall was probably never there (at least it’s never seen), and the elements were moved around to make enough space for the crew.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Tree House) — February 12, 1977

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Tree House)

Starsky already had some modest window blind art in his Ridgeway house. In his new house, he (or, the rumor has it, PMG) goes wild:

Modern cave paintings in the kitchen window blind seen at least in:

02-19 Starsky’s Lady
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 2
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Some weird figures in his bedroom window blind seen in:

03-14 The Heavyweight


Starsky’s Water Cooler —

Starsky’s Water Cooler

When I first saw Starsky’s yellow, chicken-adorned water cooler, I thought it was so great that, in the 70s, you could apparently just walk to a shop and pick yourself a water cooler with such bright colors and fun decorations.

But, alas, I was told that this water cooler is most likely repainted. A quick Google search happened to bring up what I think is the exact model of water cooler Starsky had, in its original white paint. So, whoever did the customized chicken paintwork, they did great work! The quirky illustration is a perfect match for the rest of the Starsky household.

I have spotted this same model of water cooler in a few S1 episodes: there’s a white one in the squad room, and a dark grey one in the basement of Dismas Center (in Silence). It is possible that one of these was customized for Starsky’s house, or maybe the decoration was made for some other show and they just thought it was very Starsky-ish.

The repainted water cooler is always present in Starsky’s Tree House and can be spotted in many kitchen scenes from Starsky’s Lady to Starsky vs. Hutch.

Here’s the white one from the squad room in A Coffin for Starsky:


Starsky’s Tree House (2480 Unknown Street) —

Starsky’s Tree House (2480 Unknown Street)

This house is one big mystery. Firstly, the location of the house, apparently deconstructed long ago, is unknown. There isn’t even a fictional address for it, only the house number (2480) is seen on the door.  Secondly, unlike the other houses Starsky and Hutch live in, we never see either of them outside this house. The only time we see someone outside the house is in The Committee: “Ginger” sitting in the Torino while Starsky is inside getting the wine and reporting to Hutch and Dobey. But we don’t see him run up or down the stairs.

It’s an interesting modern style house, though. The porch seems to have been built around a tree. There’s a creek running in the front of the house, in a man-made ravine under the boarded front yard/driveway.

The house is seen in: 

02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-21 The Committee
02-25 Starsky and Huch Are Guilty
03-03 Fatal Charm
03-14 The Heavyweight
03-18 Class in Crime
03-20 Foxy Lady
04-02 The Game
04-06 Strange Justice
04-09 Black and Blue
04-12 Starsky’s Brother
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Although quiet and somewhere out of the way, the house is never at rest: the interior arrangement changes inexplicably a couple of times. A wall and a door appear for plot purposes in Foxy Lady and then disappear, a fireplace may or may not be there, and the bathroom moves around… And is there a patio (Fatal Charm, below, first) or a balcony (The Committee, below, second) at the back? Who knows? Which way is the back anyway? There seems to have been very little effort to make the interior set match the exterior in any way. Here’s my attempt at a layout.


Starsky’s Peacock Chair(s) — February 25, 1976

Starsky’s Peacock Chair(s)

Yes, there are two different peacock chairs: the one seen in Starsky’s Ridgeway apartment in Season 1 (01-21 Running) is one of the few items he takes with him to the Tree House in Season 2. There, the chair is replaced with a more elaborately decorated chair in Season 3 (first seen in 03-04 Rosey Malone). As seen in photos from this era, Paul Michael Glaser had a similar fashionable chair in his home – his chair looks like it was chewed to death by his beloved dogs, but nothing tells us how Starsky’s first chair met its end. It is last seen in the very last minutes of Season 2, when Starsky and Hutch notice Starsky’s place has been broken into – maybe what we don’t see after the film freezes is them making a mad dash for the phone to call the station and accidentally smashing the chair on their way.

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