'Home Alone' House for Sale at $2.4 Million

Home Alone house for saleAhhhh! The house from the holiday blockbuster "Home Alone" has hit the market for $2.4 million.

Located in the well-heeled Chicago suburb of Winnetka, Ill., the 4,250 square foot, three-story home looks just as picturesque today as it did for the 1990 theatrical release of the film.

(See photos of the "Home Alone" house here.)

The owners, John and Cynthia Abendshien, had only lived for a year and a half in the house when Chris Columbus, the film's director, came knocking at their door.

"'Are you ready yet?'" the couple recalls Columbus asking. Prior to moving to the property, the Abendshiens were approached to have their previous home appear in "Uncle Buck," another film written by John Hughes and starring Macaulay Culkin.

"I think what attracted Hughes to the home is what's exemplified in the movie," said Coldwell Banker agent Marissa Hopkins during a phone interview. "It's a beautiful home with a lot of space and a warm feel. He liked to have real homes as his stage."


The 1920s-era, Georgian-style property includes 14 rooms, many of which house hunters will recognize from the film -- from the attic bedroom (poor Kevin--it wasn't his fault!) to the staircase where Harry loses a tooth.

The Abendshiens lived in the home for much of the five and half month filming period and said they were gifted scores of props by the studio. But there's one set piece that the couple rejected that "Home Alone" fans will miss above all others.

"They also offered to leave the tree house," the couple said in a statement. "But because it was placed so high up in the tree, we thought it would be dangerous."

The home is available for viewing by appointment to prequalified buyers only. And judging from what happened to the last intruders, it's probably best to heed the warning.

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Betsy

I've always loved the home alone house- I pretty much watch the entire movie JUST so I can see that beautiful house. I'm so glad the owners (mostly) kept the original layout. It's neat to see that it has survived the years. I think all the more modern changes are beautiful as well. I was just wondering if the house has a basement as it did in the movie.I'm sure it could have been a set, but it would be cool if it did really exist.

May 06 2011 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johgramac68

Winnetka is the wealthiest per capita communities in the nation. Or was when i went to high school at New Trier.

May 06 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
johgramac68

2.4 million for a house that size in Winnetka? That ain't bad... Where exactly is that house? Like Tower and Sheridan somewhere right? Lincoln and Tower?

May 06 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tannervin

It's at 671 Lincoln Street

May 07 2011 at 2:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chrisraptor98

hey

May 06 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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oortegam

hey

May 06 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charles Arroyo

Very nice house...I would take either before or after the movie...however it's too rich for my blood, I can only dream about owning it...I couldn't afford the property taxes...The house is a real gem, I wish I had the money...

May 06 2011 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jyban

Oh man, I'd love that house. If I only had a yob!

May 06 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ydominate360

I THINK THIS IS MOST INTERESTING WHAT WITH THE MOVIE HISTORY.THE LAST MOVIE SET I WAS IN IS NOW ON THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN

May 06 2011 at 7:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ydominate360

THESE MOVIE-SET HOMES HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE WITH ME. LIKE LIVING HISTORY........

May 06 2011 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ydominate360

THESE MOVIE-SET HOMES HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE WITH ME. LIKE LIVING HISTORY........

May 06 2011 at 6:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
charlstern

If the owners of this home want to sell it, they will have to come down to at least $1.9 million like the owners of other similar homes in the wealthy suburbs of major cities. Even by lowering the home to just below $2 million, there are no guarantees due to the very high availability of other similar homes. Many of these older estate-type homes have had an enormous amount of renovations done with little hope of finding a buyer. In many wealthy communities, hundreds of similar homes are now for sale. So bad, too bad. Dream homes are a lousy investment just like diamond jewelry. One will never ever again make money off of a house. A house is a luxury item, which is no different than one purchasing a pair of 2 carat TW, D V V S 1 diamond earrings. Because the price of homes were artifically inflated, there is now a rapid deflation in value, which is compounded by the very fact that many of these luxury estate-type homes were sold to those, who could not actually afford the cost of maintaining one of these homes. It used to be a requirement to put down at least 30% of the house's equity upfront. All of a sudden, one was only obligated to put down about $100 thousand on a home of $2 million or more. In most wealthy communities today, there are three to four hundred homes up for sale, which are at least $1.89 million. As time passes, the $2.5 million homes become $1.8 million. All of these homes are now classified as "Pre-foreclosures." If these homes were located in the less affluent towns, they would be classified as "Foreclosures." For those of you, who saw your farming towns turn into the upper middle class projects with monument after monument being constructed on former forest land and farmland, that's what happens when you don't get involved in your local politics. Now you have destroyed forest lands with wildlife gone or living in your neighborhoods. Deer populations are now out of control, because these animals have less space. The closer these animals are forced live amongst each other, the more they breed. If you are driving on the roads at night in the state of Pennsylvania, visiting tourist locations like New Hope or Washington's Crossing, PA, don't be surprised if the opposing traffic throws a large, male deer into the side of your car.

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oortegam

Oh.

May 06 2011 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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