MTV paid $2.7 million in cash for Real World Denver house

The billiards hall that became The Real World Denver house was sold to MTV last March for $2.7 million in cash, The Rocky Mountain News reports.

More significantly, “this was the first time in 18 seasons that MTV bought a residence for their Real Worlders,” according to the paper. Now that the cast has left the city, “MTV is expected to sell the building, but it is not on the market yet.”

Speaking of the house, it was open for a tour last Monday–for $50. The News’ Penny Parker reports that she learned from MTV that “the press would not be allowed on the tour, and that anyone taking part would have to show ID and sign a confidentiality agreement.”

Such restrictions led, she said, to the tour being “a real bust. I counted roughly 16 people walking from the party place inside Mattie’s House of Mirrors, two doors down at 1946 Market St., over to the 1920 Market St. residence for the MTV reality series. And two of them were Denver Post editors” who slipped in covertly. The tour “was a fundraiser for the Denver Art, Culture & Film Foundation.”

Parker: MTV’s ‘Real World Denver’ house tour proves a poor draw [Rocky Mountain News]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.