The TV sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” ran for five seasons in the late 1960s, but the fantasy of a genie and astronaut falling in love has an eternal appeal. So there’s little wonder that someone finally thought to decorate a rental house with the show’s theme.
Jeannie’s Dream House is a two-bedroom, 1-bathroom rental in Melbourne decorated with mid-century modern themes along with plenty of whimsical touches inspired by the TV show. It’s available on AirBnB starting at $120 a night.
Cheryl Wright of Sea Willow LLC owns the property and dreamt up the unique theming. The property takes you back to an era of Corvettes, tiki bars, endless sand beaches and Hollywood stars.
“The house retains its original American Standard pink, mint, and black bathroom features, terrazzo floors, and custom-crafted cosmic kitchen cabinets,” she says. “The groovy interior design is bright early ’60s befitting the popular sitcom TV show. The master bedroom, with a king-sized bed, has an astronaut theme, whereas Jeannie’s room is in shades of pink, purple, and gold. Of course, there are lots of pillows!”
The TV show “I Love Jeannie” – starring Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman – ran for 139 episodes from 1965 to 1970 on NBC. The series was created by Sidney Sheldon as NBC’s answer to “Bewitched,” which was the breakout hit in 1964. Although the show was set around Cape Kennedy and nearby Cocoa Beach, most of the filming took place in California.
Still, the idea of a Jeannie-themed house seems to resonate with both residents and visitors to the Space Coast.
“We love receiving photos from the visitors to Jeannie’s Dream House,” Wright says. “Couples love dressing up and spending time in this swanky space for a fun getaway weekend, honeymoon, or anniversary. We have received many far-out retro-cocktail hour photos. My favorites are the videos of whole families having a blast dancing to the groovy mid-century tunes. The many selfie-worthy areas of the house make visitors want to pull out their polaroids to take a few vacation snapshots.”
The property features a screened outdoor patio with lounge chairs, TV and table. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and Roku TV. A second bedroom has two twin extra long beds that can be pushed together to create a king bed. A foldaway cot can accommodate a fifth guest.
In a nod to today’s need for convenience, some modern upgrades include window A/C units and a microwave oven. An electric fireplace is available on request. Wifi also is included.
Wright says the interior decor includes Easter eggs from several sitcoms from the ’60s as well as historical games and period music. Plans are in the works to turn the backyard into a tiki paradise, including a hot tub.
“This is a passion for us,” she says.
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