It has been 18 years since Stephen slapped Irene outside their downtown apartment during a now infamous episode of The Real World: Seattle. The MTV reality show that follows a group of strangers living together for several months may now be planning a Seattle comeback, this time on Capitol Hill.
R.W. Productions, a California-based company linked with the production outfit behind The Real World franchise, filed paperwork last week to create a “movie studio” and temporary residence on Capitol Hill.
The company is proposing $50,000 in alterations to create a residence for 18 months at the 12th Ave Ballou Wright office building between Pike and Pine, according to a permit application filed with the City of Seattle.
MTV has not yet returned requests for comment. UPDATE (5/31): A MTV spokesperson confirmed the next season of The Real World will be filmed in Seattle this year. We have also reached out to building owners Hunters Capital about the temporary makeover. The season finale of The Real World: Go Big or Go Home aired on Thursday.
In addition to its tech and creative tenants like the Creature agency, the Ballou Wright building is also home to new-era juice bar and cafe Juicebox. CHS wrote about the building’s overhaul and tech-savvy tenants here in 2011. For years, the building was home to Klineburger Brothers, one of the largest custom taxidermists in the country.
The 32nd season of the reality show, known for the drunken antics of its subjects, could see an interesting plot line develop between the housemates and their potential neighbors at the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct.
Bunim/Murray Productions have revisited several cities during its 31 seasons of making The Real World, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.
Meanwhile, the neighborhood’s homegrown series, Capitol Hill, recently released the 14th episode of its second season on Huffington Post.