The house first appears chronologically in the flashback episode "Lisa's First Word". In order for the Simpson family to purchase the home, Abraham Simpson II sold his old house and wrote Homer a check for $15,000, allowing Homer to make the down payment on the house. In "No Loan Again, Naturally", it is revealed that the Simpsons are unable to afford their mortgage anymore, due to Homer constantly loaning money against the house, which causes Ned Flanders to purchase the property for $101,000 and rent it to the Simpsons.
In "I Don't Wanna Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", it was revealed that the alarm code happened to be 3679.
The house on the right at 740 Evergreen Terrance is possibly owned by Ted Flanders. It was formerly owned by Sideshow Bob (disguised as Walt Warren), Ruth Powers, Laura Powers, Sylvia Winfield, and Mr. Winfield, Terrence, and Emily (also home to Mr. Reader, Mrs. Reader and Baby Reader in The Simpsons Comic). In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, it is called the Brown House (about it, Homer says that "We've lived next to that house for years and I've never seen anyone go in or out").
One time, Marge mentioned that Evergreen Terrace is "the street that smells like pee". Strangely, former presidents George Bush and Gerald Ford have previously moved to Springfield in a house across the street. The house was destroyed in The Simpsons Movie and rebuilt in the exact same manner.
The building is a pinkish-orange two-story detached house with a garage, basement, attic, and lots of mice. On the ground floor, the front door leads straight into the foyer, which includes the stairs to the second floor, an archway in the wall to the left that leads to the living room, another one at the foot of the stairs which leads into the dining room, there is a door at the back of the foyer that leads to the basement stairs or a closet, depending on the episode. The living room and the dining room have bay windows. Located in the back of the house is the the TV room and the kitchen. Off to the side of the kitchen is a small hallway that leads to the garage, rumpus room and a half-bathroom. (This washroom has also appeared under the stairs, as well as off the door in the foyer)
The second story of the house has Homer and Marge's bedroom (with an en suite bathroom), Bart's bedroom, Lisa's bedroom, Maggie's bedroom, and a bathroom. On the landing, there is a pull-down stair case that leads to the attic.
The back garden of the house is surrounded by a wooden picket fence and a low box hedge, and features a patio and the treehouse. Occasionally, there is a hammock shown tied to the two trees near the fence that borders The Flanders' backyard. Near that fence are the tombstones of The Simpsons' former cats: Snowball I, Snowball II, Snowball III, and Coltrane.
- Living room
- TV room
- Dining room
- Rumpus room
- Kitchen/garage hallway
- Downstairs half bathroom
- Upstairs hallway
- Homer and Marge's bedroom
- Homer and Marge's en suite full bathroom
- Bart's bedroom
- Lisa's bedroom
- Maggie's bedroom
- Upstairs full bathroom
- Attic/crawlspace above garage
Features and furniture
The basement always includes a washing machine and a clothes dryer and a large Olmec statue of a head, which was a present from Mr. Burns after Bart donated blood to him. However, the appearance of other features such as a furnace, ping-pong table, air hockey set, and water softener vary from time to time. The basement is often used as a "secret lair", where Homer has brewed alcohol to beat prohibition and hidden his superhero operation as Pie Man, and where Marge hid during a spell of agoraphobia. Marge discovered a sauna in the basement, hidden behind a water heater. At one time, the basement held gym equipment. In one episode, Homer made his jerky business with Bart in the basement.
The house has two identical red couches: One in the sitting room and one in front of the television in the living room. A tank filled with fish is sometimes seen in the dining room. The old television from seasons 1-10 is actually a model from Motorola, as revealed in There's No Disgrace Like Home.
A simple painting of a boat hangs on the wall above the living room couch - Marge once says that she painted it for Homer, but later it's suggested that she bought it, and it is titled "Scene from Moby Dick". She keeps many copies in a nearby closet to replace the original if it gets damaged, which is rare. Marge also has a whole drawer of her pearl necklaces (which Marge says are family heirlooms), shown when one is stolen by the Cat Burglar. The house does not have an air conditioner although there is one on the LEGO Simpsons House and on the side of the house in Brick Like Me.
The house itself is often shown as dilapidated; the walls are coated with plenty of lead paint to double as a bomb shelter, the roof leaks, and the kitchen was so badly damaged that it needed to be rebuilt. The interior of the walls are often shown to be filled with dangerous and unusual items such as asbestos, toxic waste, hidden treasure, recording devices, baby dinosaurs, and dancing mice. Even the family cat, Snowball II, is seen in between the walls from time to time. It was also once stated that the walls were so fragile and so thin that various family members could overhear another conversation, and simply punching the wall is enough to put a hole through it. Also, Homer notes once that the grass on their lawn is actually just green painted cement (although in other episodes it is clearly grass). Despite the poor conditions, the lived-in spaces are usually kept neat by homemaker Marge. It was described as a palace by Frank Grimes, and Moe Szyslak observed that it contained no silverfish. The worst condition the house has been in was where it became horrifically slanted, which Bart uses as a sideshow, needing $8500 to repair, which Marge covers by getting a job.
Once, Homer had to reshingle the roof on Sunday as part of his chores with Bart, but while trying to dare Bart to touch climb the TV antenna, and try to hang on while emulating an earthquake accumulating in trying to hammer Bart's grip on the gutters, only for the portion of the roof he was on to give way below him, causing the roof to collapse and Homer to fall down.
The phone number is inconsistent, though always starting with 555. The area code was 636 before the town became too large and had to use two different area codes, changing the area code to 939.
When Springfield was trapped inside a dome during the Trappuccino crisis, an angry mob converged onto the house as a part of their effort to kill Homer, who was responsible for the town's ordeal. The house is completely devoured and destroyed with all possessions lost after a sinkhole in Maggie's sandpit expands when the police shot bullets into it (the Simpsons family escaped through the sinkhole). After the dome was destroyed, the townsfolk and the family rebuild the house in exactly the same manner as it was before, restoring the "status quo" and Russ Cargill the head of the EPA is been deposed by US authorities for trying to blow up the town, tricking the president and attempted to kill innocent people.
The house's address was inconsistent (particularly in the older seasons of the show), being 94 Evergreen Terrace, 1094 Evergreen Terrace, 555 Evergreen Terrace, 723 Evergreen Terrace, and 430 Spalding Way. In the episode "Homer's Triple Bypass", 742 Evergreen Terrace is shown to be a completely different house where Snake hides from the police and Rev. Lovejoy lives next door, but the most common address used is 742 Evergreen Terrace. In “Regarding Margie”, Bart, Nelson, and Milhouse paint the Flanders' house number as 738 and the Simpsons' house as '74' and since Homer refuses to pay, they don't paint the last number. By common sense, it should be 740 Evergreen Terrace(although sometimes numbers do get skipped like that maybe they are oversized lots for example).
An episode set in 2010 shows a wooden add-on to the second floor, built (rather poorly) by Homer in what appears to be a poor and very cheap attempt to upgrade his house in a fashion similar to all the other homes in the neighborhood. It functions as a guest bedroom, but Homer warns Lisa and her fiancé that "If the building inspector asks, it's not a room. It's a window box".
Treehouse of Horror
In "Treehouse of Horror VI", there is a portal behind the bookcase in the living room that leads to the Third Dimension. This is a reference to The Twilight Zone episode, "Little Girl Lost". In "Treehouse of Horror IV", the famous Dogs Playing Poker painting appears above the sofa. A similar house to this one also appears in the ending of "Treehouse of Horror VIII", which Homer egged and broke the windows to get candy only for Lisa to point out that it was their house, making the rest of the trick-or-treaters laugh at the family.
Behind the Laughter
A real-life Simpsons house was constructed at 712 Red Bark Lane in Henderson, Nevada, built in 1997 by Kaufman and Broad Home Corporation in a promotion sponsored by FOX and Pepsi. The house was painted and furnished with items to match the television show, including what appears to be a 1997 Toyota Camry matched to look like Homer's Car, although the scale of the house was smaller than the house on the series. The house was given away in a contest; the winner, Barbara Howard, was a retired factory worker from Richmond, Kentucky. The house has since been repainted. The Simpsons House took 49 days to build, cost $120,000, and was unveiled to the public on August 1, 1997.
- In "Homer's Triple Bypass", the address of Snake's house is "742 Evergreen Terrace" and he lives next door to Reverend Lovejoy. The house was also significantly different, having the garage to the left of the house instead of to the right, being a bungalow, the garage having a basketball hoop above the door, and overall being much smaller than the Simpson house.
- Nearly every Springfield resident has been to the house, either being invited (mainly by Marge), or inviting themselves over.
- There is a rarely-seen rumpus room behind the garage. It was first glimpsed in "Itchy & Scratchy & Marge" when Maggie attacks Homer in the garage, and has been featured in only eight episodes during the entire series: "Three Men and a Comic Book", "Radio Bart", "Separate Vocations", "Brother from the Same Planet", "Lady Bouvier's Lover", "The Fat and the Furriest", "The Girl Who Slept Too Little", and, after 12 years of absence, "A Father's Watch". In "All's Fair in Oven War", the rumpus room was torn out and turned into a breakfast nook when the kitchen was remodeled and extended, but reverted back to its previous appearance in later episodes.
- The house is shown to have gas forced air heat with a furnace located in the basement, but no central air-conditioning. In "Lisa's Sax", Springfield is going through a heatwave, and the family is suffering because the house has no A/C whatsoever and they cannot afford to buy window units. At one point, Homer steals a thru-wall A/C unit from Flanders' house and installs it in his own living room. In most episodes, the house is implied to not have central A/C, but in some of the newer episodes, it is implied that it does have it due to one or more of the characters talking about running the A/C but no window units being present.
- Homer supposedly spent $100,000 to have the kitchen renovated in "All's Fair in Oven War", but in the following episode and all episodes thereafter, the kitchen was back to its previous dilapidated and outdated state.
- The doorway on the first floor next to the main staircase has variously been a closet, entrance to the basement, and a half bathroom. In some episodes there is also a doorway underneath the main staircase that has served similar purposes.
- In many early episodes, the house was painted different colors such as purple.
The Simpsons house has appeared in all episodes of the show (including the Opening Sequence) and the Family Guy episode "The Simpsons Guy," it has also appeared in the Simpsons Shorts which ran on the Tracey Ulman Show from 1987 to 1989.
- No Loan Again, Naturally
- "The Canine Mutiny", a toilet is heard flushing right before Laddie renters the kitchen from this hallway, inferring that he used a washroom located off of it.
- My Fare Lady
- Opposites A-Frack
- I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot
- Blood Feud
- Father Knows Worst
- The Trouble with Trillions
Homer: OK, I need some deductions, deductions... ah! Business gifts! [Homer grabs the boat painting from above the couch and hands it to Marge.] Here you go, keep using nuclear power!
Marge: Homer! I painted that for you!
- Diatribe of a Mad Housewife
- Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass
- Homer the Vigilante
- Lisa's Sax
- All's Fair in Oven War
- C.E. D'oh
- The Simpsons Movie
- A Tale of Two Springfields
- The Simpsons Movie
- Burns, Baby Burns
- Homer's Triple Bypass