Walt and Skyler's purchase
In the early years of their marriage, Walter and Skyler tour the house. They remark that the house has three bedrooms and a pool in the backyard. Walt, riding a wave of recent business success, comments that the house isn’t big enough, but they end up buying it anyway. ("Full Measure")
At the beginning of the first season, Skyler and Walt Junior nag Walt to fix the water heater. They end up getting more than they bargain for when Walt installs a new, high-end heater, rather than fix the existing one, and despite not (yet) having much money. While installing this new heater, Walt discovers the house has extensive wood rot around its lower walls and its foundations. Walt becomes worried the house might collapse on itself and his renovations become more elaborate and invasive and ends up creating an unintentional crawl space where the foundations are, not far from an air vent and soon accessible via a hatch that Walt carves in to the floor. Walt uses this space to store the main (but not the totality) of his meth money throughout the series.
As the seasons unfold, this house becomes a source of contention for the White family–who gets to live there and who doesn’t, and whether it’s safe from Mexican cartel assassins. Walt later uses the crawl space as an entrance when locked out of the house by Skyler. In season 4, Skyler uses this same crawl space to hide some additional excess meth cash among clothes in space saver bags.
At one point, the house was bugged by Mike Ehrmantraut to monitor Skyler's intentions. Mike drilled through the stucco on an outer wall by the pool and placed the bug where it could overhear conversations in the kitchen. Walt later had Mike remove it, once the two were working together.
During the depths of their marriage breakdown, Walt, frustrated by Skyler’s refusal to let him inside the house for a family dinner, lobs his pizza peace-offering in the air where it remains on the roof for several days. The neighborhood was hit by the debris from the Wayfarer 515 collision, including a Pink Teddy Bear that fell into the pool.
Skyler briefly attempts suicide in the pool. She is rescued by Walt.
DisrepairAfter Walt's exposure as Heisenberg, the house is abandoned by Skyler and the children, and Walt has already been forced to leave and adopt a new identity. For a while, it appeared that Jesse Pinkman's arson attempt at the house would emerge as the reason for the near-condemned nature of the house seen in the flash-forwards. However, this was not to be how things unfolded. Hank stopped Jesse from burning the house, and although a group of neo-Nazis broke in to threaten Skyler, it is revealed by Ed that this, too, is not really the main reason why Walt's wife and children moved away. Instead, the house remained in good condition until angry vandals started destroying the place after it had been empty for a time. These vandals are unnamed but are presumed to be, at least in part, angry Albuquerque citizens variously enraged at the murder and mayhem that Heisenberg's activities had wrought. Ed describes to Walt that the house became 'a tourist attraction' but this phrase is insufficient because the extent of the destruction denotes an emotional involvement by the vandals — scrawling "Heisenberg" on the walls, smashing mirrors, ripping out appliances and utilities, and even burning some things. Faced with this melee, the City of Albuquerque seized the property and in the flash-forwards and the last scenes of the series, it is shown fenced off, near-condemned, and awaiting auction ("Granite State"). Walt does return to the derelict, severely neglected house to retrieve the vial of ricin poison he had stored behind an electrical outlet guard, but that is the final visit by any member of the White family to the house. Within the damaged, decaying hallway, the name "Heisenberg" is spray-painted in yellow across from the fireplace. In the backyard, the pool is now empty, crumbling, and unkempt; it is used by a group of local skateboarders as a small skate-park ("Blood Money").
Walt and Skyler hid large sums of cash in various parts of the house:
- Baby room, taped down inside the vent (the first main spot)
- Garage, behind insulation (the second main spot)
- Baby room, duffel bag in the closet (temporary; Skyler accidentally finds it)
- Master bedroom, with clothing in space saver bags (it breaks the rack)
- Crawl space, with clothing in space saver bags (the latest main spot)
- Vacuum cleaner, at some point during the second season, Walt hid the money inside it. Skyler, without knowing about the money's existence, sold the vacuum cleaner in a garage sale. Later, Walter had to break-in the buyers house to retrieve the money.
- The number of the land line at the White residence is (505) 117-8987 ("Ozymandias"). The phone number was previously shown to be (505) 555-1258 on Skyler's divorce application papers ("Más").
- The number of the land line at the White residence shown on the Schrader's phone's caller ID display is (505-193-0809) Shown in Season 2 Episode 1 (Seven Thirty-Seven).