In the 1930s Oswald "Ozzie" Nelson and Harriet Nelson became famous on the radio show, The Baker's Broadcast. In 1944 they launched their own radio show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet which later became a well-known sitcom by the same name that ran on television from 1952 to 1966. The house on the set was modeled after their real home. It was a two-story colonial revival which had been constructed in 1916. The house has been featured as Ari Gold's house in Entourage. In 2014 actor Christopher Meloni purchased the home who despite having been the abode of a "wholesome" family has acquired the reputation of being very haunted.
The house is located on 1822 Camino Palmero Street in Los Angeles. It had been built in 1916 for prominent Los Angeles businessman Harold G. Feraud on a sloping half-acre parcel in the exclusive Las Colinas Heights subdivision. Architects Frank Kegley and H. Scott Gerity designed it.
The Nelsons purchased it in 1941, and lived there until 1975 when Ozzie died from liver cancer. Harriet moved to another house they owned in Laguna Beach. She died in 1994. According to the real estate agency which has handled the sale of the house three times paranormal occurrences have been reported not only by those who have lived there, but workmen as well.
The apparition seen is of Ozzie who walks throughout the house. He had been seen eating ice cream in the kitchen, and a pub room where he had a model train set that would run on its own. Recent renovations have changed the layout of the house as it was during the time the Nelsons lived there.
The family that lived there in the late 1970s complained of lights and faucets turning on and off by themselves, hearing footsteps and witnessing doors opening and closing without anyone being around them.
A woman who lived there during this time describe feeling a spirit pull back the bed sheet and something kiss her neck and breasts.
In 1994, a painter described seeing a white misty form near him, and hearing footsteps as well.
Despite the persona Ozzie Nelson cultivated for his TV character, historians have described him as being an authoritarian figure, that micro-managed his family's life, especially those of his two sons David and Ricky. He quashed plans for them to attend college insisting that they continue to work in show business. As a workaholic he no doubt loved his children but the family business came first.
Rick Nelson went on to have his own musical career. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 31, 1985, at the age of 45, on the way to a concert in Texas, at a time when he was struggling to revive his singing career.
Does Ozzie Nelson still walk throughout the house checking out the renovations, and wondering where his train set went, or has he gone on to the greatest adventure of them all?
Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance writer and paranormal researcher.
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