NewsCenter 16 takes private tour of the "Home Alone Home"

By: Kevin Lewis Email
By: Kevin Lewis Email

It’s one of Hollywood’s most recognizable homes; chances are your family comes across it around Christmas each year.

We're talking about the house featured in the 1990 hit movie Home Alone. The flick starred child actor Macaulay Culkin who played a young boy named Kevin McCallister.

Now for the first time since the movie was released, it's up for sale. And if the price is right, you can call the elite property your own.

The 4200 sq. foot, red-brick, colonial Georgian, is nestled in the upscale Chicago suburb of Winnetka.

Originally listed in early May for $2.4 million, the home is currently listed for $2.175 million.

"This has definitely been one of the more interesting listings I have had. It's not often you get to have a home that was a character in a movie,” Coldwell Banker broker Marissa Hopkins said.

From the living room where “Kevin” ate ice cream while watching gangster movies, to the grand entry where he sled down the stairs, every room has a movie connection.

"This is where “Kevin” setup his Christmas. He put his Christmas tree here which actually came from the backyard,” Hopkins said standing inside the family room.

That room was the same place “Kevin” threw a last minute bash to make the “wet bandits” think he was anything but home alone.

"The whole home has the original character. It was selected for a reason by John Hughes. He liked having homes that represented a particular feeling and environment that was authentic and it is an authentic home,” Hopkins added.

Authentic sure, but a lot has changed. It's been 21 years since crews spent nearly six months filming inside the home.

The once traditional dining room is now adorned with Sydney Bristow hand-painted walls, illustrating an English garden.

The floral accents in the living room are also a thing of the past. The grand piano however has stood the test of time.

"There was a staircase in the old kitchen that was true to the original architecture of the house, but never true to the architecture since this family moved into it,’ Hopkins mentioned.

Built in the 1920's, the home passed hands until the late 1980’s when its current owners, John and Cynthia Abendshien, paid $875,000 for the property.

During filming, the couple lived in the residence's four-room master suite. It includes a sunroom, spacious master bath and sitting room. To this day, it remains the only part of the home not featured in the flick.

The house sits on a professionally landscaped half-acre lot, adorned with a spacious screened in porch, two blue-stone patios and a personal greenhouse.

In total there are fourteen rooms and a lot of silver screen memories, helping to ensure that the next owner will never be left, home alone.

John Hughes originally tried to lasso the Abendshien’s into using their home for his 1989 film Uncle Buck. They said no, but 18 months later, the couple couldn't turn down Hughes’ same movie scouts looking to shot Home Alone.

In a press release issued by Coldwell Banker, the Abendshien’s say they’re selling the iconic home to downsize after their children graduated college and moved out of the home.


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