Home Alone: Hit Film’s Spectacular Georgian House for SaleMay 19th, 2011
The star of the 1990 hit film “Home Alone” is making headlines again – and we’re not talking about Macaulay Culkin.
The stately Georgian manor used in the film, located in the affluent neighborhood of Winnetka north of Chicago, has been put on the market for a cool $2.4 million by its owners, John and Cynthia Abenshien. The red brick home shot to fame along with the movie’s star and for the last two decades, many visitors to Chicago who are also fans of the movie make a special trip to drive by the house and soak up the history. In the film, the McAllister family forgets their youngest son Kevin, played by Culkin, in the house as they leave on a trip for Paris. Hijinks ensue as Kevin is forced to fend for himself and defend the home from a pair of bungling burglars played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The lovely 1920s home is spread out over a sprawling 4,250 square feet. Among its 14 rooms are four bedrooms including a master suite that spans one wing and includes a sunroom and sitting room with a carved marble fireplace mantle. The home also features a gourmet kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, a dormered attic bedroom and a detached garage. Situated on a half-acre, the property is not far from Lake Michigan, further adding to its value and appeal. One real estate agent in the area said, “Any architectural-enthusiast will find appreciation for the level of fine detail that went into building this home. Add to that the house’s Hollywood history, including the fact that Macaulay Culkin himself spent a considerable amount of time working, sleeping and eating there, and it becomes a very compelling opportunity for the right buyer.”
If you’re thinking about catching a peek of the property during an open house, think again; only pre-qualified applicants can request a viewing. What can you say to that besides, “AHHH!”?