The original house where the Christmas comedy Home Alone was set in has been sold for £1m. But no amount of money will get you a burglar alarm system which is as good as mischievous young Kevin McCallister.
The owners of the 14 bedroom property, were actually hoping to sell the house for £1.53m, however, they settled on a lower asking price with the buyer who has not been unidentified.
The house – which went on the market 10 months ago – is just 16 miles north of the Windy City and a few minutes from Lake Michigan.
The redbrick Colonial-style building was massively featured in the festive film, which saw eight-year-old Kevin fend off two bumbling, boisterous burglars using inventive contraptions he had created out of his toys. The dim-witted thieves, as played by Daniel Stern (City Slickers) and Joe Pesci (Raging Bull) are seen trying to sneak in through windows, the basement and even the front door. There is a significant scene linked to almost every part of the house.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the house was sold by John and Cynthia Abendshien. The couple – who had owned the property for more than 20 years – camped out in the four-room master suite for six months while the rest of the 4,250 sq ft property was used for filming.
The huge house, which estate agents described as a “classic residence that offers timeless and inspired family living” was just one of the real life sets which director John Hughes
liked to use in his films. Marissa Hopkins told AOL Real Estate: “It’s a beautiful home with a lot of space and a warm feel. Hughes liked to have real homes as his stage.”
In other auction news, a collection of extremely rare 1931 film posters for The Public Enemy, Cimarron, The Front Page and Little Caesar, are expected to fetch £160,000 at auction in Texas later this month. Three dozen posters were discovered in an attic in Pennsylvania, some of which have never been seen before.