A die-hard fan of the 1985 movie “The Goonies” has purchased the Oregon home featured in the film. It was listed for sale in November, with an asking price of around $1.7 million. The buyer purchased the property along with the house next door with a childhood friend.
Which is fitting considering Steven Spielberg’s tale revolves around a group of childhood friends. When a development-hungry country club threatens their homes the set out to save the town. They find a treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure that allows them to save their neighborhood from foreclosure.
“My childhood friendships were, and still are, instrumental to my development and success,” the buyer, who is remaining anonymous until the deal closes, said. “Buying this home is one huge step in showing your dreams can become reality with the right friends around you. You don’t have to be rich to achieve your dreams, but you do need a strong support group, honesty and a desire for adventure!”
The 1896 home features gorgeous views of the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean. The new owner is a self-described serial entrepreneur, who plans to preserve the home as a landmark. Which is good, considering the house has drawn visitors ever since Richard Donner‘s “The Goonies” first released. The town it’s in is located in Oregon’s port of Astoria, and celebrates Goonies Day on June 7th annually. That event alone draws thousands of visitors each year.
The home’s current owner, Sandi Preston, will even be passing along “The Goonies” memorabilia she has acquired. Some of the restored 1896 furniture may also transfer with the sale, according to Jordan Miller of John L. Scott Real Estate. While Preston is known for welcoming guests the high volume of visitors has caused her to close foot traffic a few times. In 2015, the film’s 30th anniversary cause her to put up “no trespassing” signs when the home was drawing around 1,500 visitors daily. Historic or not it is currently still a private residence. It only reopened to the public in August.
“The Goonies” house was sold after being listed for only six days. “After the word spread that the property was for sale, we received multiple offers, at asking price and higher, and we have a full backup offer,” Miller said. Honestly, we are surprised it took that long.
Just look at the “A Christmas Story” house. (Which is also currently on the market!)