Lorianna De GiorgioToronto Star
The red-brick colonial Georgian home made famous in the Home Alone movies is up for sale. It’s price tag? A cool $2.4 million U.S.
The roughly 4,240-sq.-ft home in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka was purchased by John and Cynthia Abendshien in 1988 – 18 months before the home was scouted for John Hughes’ iconic 1990 film and its subsequent sequel, Home Alone 2.
The film catapulted child star Macaulay Culkin to fame as he played the loveable prankster Kevin who at age 8 is accidentally left behind while his family flies to Europe for Christmas and has to protect his home against burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.
The home’s real life couple are empty nesters, and with the sale are looking to downgrade to something a little bit less grandiose, Leslie Cornett, spokeswoman for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, told the Toronto Star Friday.
“John Hughes had a real interest in filming in community settings. . . he really wanted his sets and backgrounds to have a real world, a real true neighbourhond and a true home ambience,” John Abendshien said in promotional video for the home.
“This is our home, it is our everyday life. . . And frankly we don’t think about it all that much. And yet there are times when we are reminded that the house is somewhat of an icon.”
“The house is famous but we’re just a family living here,” Cynthia added in the video.
Located 50 km from downtown Chicago, the home, which sits on a wide lot was built in the 1920s and includes four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, a large family area and an eat-in kitchen.
Since the home’s listing by Marissa Hopkins, a broker associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage on May 5, Facebook and Twitter have been ablaze with everything from people rehashing their Home Alone memories to others creating a Twitter hashtag #homealonehome where fans of the movies can tweet about their dreams of affording the multi-million dollar home.