‘Home Alone Home’ Is Up For Sale

May 05, 2011

How would you like to live in a famous Chicago-area house?

The residence in Winnetka where the movie, “Home Alone” was filmed is on the market with an asking price of $2.4 million.

The three-story home was as much a star of the movie as was Macaulay Culkin. It has undergone a makeover since the filming. Not sure what Macaulay Culkin has been going through these days.

The 14-room colonial Georgian is situated on a half-acre lot at 671 Lincoln Street in the prestigious North Shore suburb, just a few blocks from Lake Michigan.

It has 4,250 square feet of living space including a four-room master suite that takes up the entire west wing of the house with its sun room, sitting room and marble fireplace.

Built around 1920, the home includes four bedrooms suites in all, including an attic bedroom and two other grand suites. There are also three-full and two-half baths, a first-floor office, a screened-in porch, a first-floor laundry room and a beautifully landscaped yard and garden.

The current owners, John and Cynthia Abendshien, paid $875,000 for the estate in 1988 and basically hid up in the master wing during the 1990 filming of the popular movie.

The home will be shown by appointment only to pre-qualified clients. Understandably, since I’m sure almost anyone who has seen the movie would love to walk through a piece of cinematic history.

“Very few homes have a leading role in a movie, in a sense becoming an additional character,” said the home’s listing agent, Marissa Hopkins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

“No detail was spared in this magnificent dwelling. It provides a surprise around every corner, from the Sydney Barton hand-painted dining room walls that illustrate an English Garden, to the unexpected green house window overlooking the gardens, to the spacious gourmet eat-in kitchen.”

If this movie house isn’t the one for you, remember that there is another Chicago-area home made famous by a John Hughes movie: Cameron’s house in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has been temporarily taken off the market but will soon be available for purchase as well.

The latest asking price on that famous Highland Park home was $1.65 million.

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