“Home Alone” House Offered at $2.4 Million
A piece of movie history has just become available for purchase in Winnetka, Illinois. The stately 1920’s, 4,250 square foot Georgian Estate played a huge role in the hit 1990 comedy “Home Alone,” starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci. John and Cynthia Abendshien purchased the home in 1988, two years prior to Chris Columbus seeking to use it for the film, for only $875,000. The Abendshiens have enjoyed the fame and attention the house has brought over the years, but have ultimately decided they no longer need that much space. In case you’re wondering, there are no free movie set tours here, anybody who’s seriously interested in viewing the home must pre-qualify before stepping in. Listing agent Marissa Hopkins, of Coldwell Banker, told the Tribune: “The $2.4 million isn’t just because of its cinematic history. It really is a residential masterpiece.” This is definitely a rare opportunity to purchase one of the most famous Hollywood homes! Just imagine the feeling of watching ‘Home Alone’ in the actual ‘Home Alone’ house, incredible.
Located in the historic town of Winnetka, this stately red-brick colonial Georgian is dramatically situated on a beautifully landscaped half-acre lot, just blocks from the quaint town-center and magnificent Lake Michigan. Built in the 1920s, this residence is now recognized the world over as the “Home Alone Home,” as it was featured in the popular family movie Home Alone and its first sequel.
Size: 4,250 Sq. Ft.
Bathrooms: 3 Full, 1 Half
Speciality Items: Featured in the hit movie ‘Home Alone’, Built in the 1920’s, 3 Storeys, Located in Historic Town, 30 Miles from Downtown Chicago, Unfinished Basement, Large Sunroom, Screened Outdoor Room, Ancient Oak Trees.
Address: 671 Lincoln St., Winnetka, Illinois, United States
As you enter the house, the grand entry invites you into a home of comfort and luxury. Guests are welcomed by the prominent and infamous staircase, which is graced with a Palladian window at the first landing. The legendary living room is the place in which traditions will be created and memories will linger – the perfect room for enjoying time around the fireplace with family and friends. Relish the inspirational main floor office, featuring three walls of traditional multi-pane windows viewing the Georgian’s expansive grounds. Shaded by ancient oak trees the home conveys a sense of seclusion and tranquility.
No detail was spared in this magnificent dwelling. It provides a surprise around every corner – from the Sydney Bristow hand-painted dining room walls that illustrate an English Garden, to the unexpected green house window overlooking the gardens and an outdoor greenhouse, to the spacious eat-in Joliet designed kitchen. Enjoy Lake Michigan breezes all summer long in the fully screened outdoor room, nestled in the heart of the garden adjacent to the family room and steps down from blue stone patio. This classic, family-oriented home offers ample room to grow.
Upstairs you will find four en suite bedrooms, including the attic bedroom – a dormered and finished retreat with numerous nooks and crannies and two grand suites. Privacy and comfort is the raison d’être for the four-room master suite which spans the entire west wing of the home. This suite’s many features include a large sunroom, spacious master bath, and an elegant sitting room with built-in bookcases and a wood-burning fireplace with a carved marble fireplace mantle. Previously used for storage and crafts, the full, unfinished basement offers a high ceiling and ample space to develop into recreational space. Bathroom plumbing exists and the ceiling is exposed for unhindered modifications.
This North Shore retreat is located in prestigious East Winnetka, steps away from the Metra train station, the Winnetka Community House, local shops and dining; two blocks from the village beach and parks; and 30 miles from downtown Chicago, 35 minutes by train. It’s in close proximity to Skokie Lagoon Forest Preserve, bike and running trails, and the nationally renowned summer musical performances at Ravinia Festival.