It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, but it’s going to cost a pretty penny if you want to live there. The former home of Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, is now on the market. And it’s selling for a price suited for King Friday.
Mister Rogers entertained children for decades, and he famously avoided the trappings of celebrity. He continued to live in suburban Pittsburgh and would greet fans who came to visit him.
In the 1950s and 60s, he and his wife, Joanne, lived at 5381 Northumberland St. in Squirrel Hill. It changed hands several times since. But the current owners put the home on the market recently for the whopping price of $855,000. You can virtually tour the house on Zillow.
The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1921. It has two fireplaces, two sets of French doors, and a seriously great library.
Apparently, Rogers said this was his favorite home. And his real neighbors remembered him as a sweet man who would put on puppet shows for the local kids.
“That was always his passion,” real estate agent Linda Corcoran said. “He was no different off set as he was on set.”
The family moved out of the house in 1966. Shortly before he started Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Fred Rogers died in 2003, and Joanne Rogers passed away in January.
‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Debuted in 1968
Fred Rogers originally felt called to serve. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1963 and is an ordained Presbyterian minister. But he found his passion was children’s television.
He got a job at WPXI writing music and creating puppets for a show called The Children’s Corner. He created X the Owl, Lady Elaine Fairchilde, Daniel Striped Tiger, and King Friday XIII during this time. All would become staple characters of his own children’s show.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation hired Rogers to develop a 15-minute show called Misterogers in 1963. He hosted the program.
The National Education Television took over the CBC and saw the potential in Mister Rogers. The NET, which was the precursor to PBS, launched Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1968. It would run for 31 years.