10 TV Homes We'd Love to Live In


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The Ponderosa (Bonanza)

What's not to like about thousands of acres of beautiful Nevada territory?
What's not to like about thousands of acres of beautiful Nevada territory?
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Sturdy and unmovable as the mountain it tops, the Ponderosa was a haven of hospitality and security to friends, and a formidable fortress against enemies. Ben Cartwright's timber and stone manse was presumably built from the Ponderosa pines and stone outcroppings that grew abundantly on the ranch's 600,000 acres. The home was elegant and inviting, and the grounds offered 1,000 square miles of gorgeous, high mountain vistas in the Nevada territory.

With Adam, Hoss and Little Joe in residence, the Ponderosa was a testosterone-rich environment in which every inhabitant was an able-bodied gentleman. Hop Sing was always around to provide bounteous meals and handle the clean-up. And there were horses aplenty.

But proceed with caution, ladies. No femme fatale survived the episode in which she inflamed a Cartwright heart.