At home, 'Brady Bunch' sis, Maureen McCormick, meets 'Andy of Mayberry'

The Brady Bunch (tv program)Maureen McCormick

Maureen McCormick spent her teen years playing Marcia on " The Brady Bunch," a show that portrayed an idealized version of the suburban dream. Today, at 52, McCormick lives the real-life version of that idyll.

Home is in Westlake Village, a Los Angeles suburb she recently described by reaching back into TV's past. "It's like 'Leave it to Beaver,' " she said, talking by phone from the Cape Cod-style house she shares with husband Michael and 19-year-old daughter Natalie.

"Everyone knows everyone, everyone helps everyone" she said of the neighborhood. "I've been here for 20 years, and I'm never leaving. It's the best. It's like Andy and Mayberry."

The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house is decorated with an eye toward "English cottage and country French," she said, "with tons of antiques."

Most luxurious feature in your home: This probably sounds crazy, but we just had built-ins put in all over the house, so I would say that. Oh my gosh, the house was totally lacking storage space.

One thing on a wall in your living room: I have this big old regulator clock that's an antique that I really love. My mom and I got it from her best friend. I just think of them every time I look at it.

Most high-tech gadget or appliance in your home: The computer, but I never use it. I've never used a computer in my life. I wrote my book by hand. Is that sick?

What item in your home most reflects your personality? One thing that's really special is a quilt my mom gave to me that was made by my great-great-grandmother. The pattern is called Grandmother's Flower Garden, and it's pink and blue and yellow and orange and purple. It's really pretty.

Biggest surprise we'd find in your closet: My Manolo Blahniks—they're black and they're satin and they're really, really high. I'm usually a flip-flop girl, but when I go out, I've got a really high pair of heels on.

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