‘Home Alone’ house for sale with $2.4 million asking price
By David Roeder Business Reporter May 5, 2011 12:24PM
The “Home Alone” house in Winnetka has 14 rooms.
Updated: June 7, 2011 12:33AM
A piece of movie history is for sale. The “Home Alone Home” in Winnetka is available for $2.4 million.
The stately, oversized Georgian at 671 Lincoln was, in effect, a main character in the hit 1990 comedy “Home Alone.” Starring Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci and written by the late north suburbanite John Hughes, the film is about a boy mistakenly left at home by his vacationing family. He outwits inept burglars who try to rob the place.
The sellers of the home are John and Cynthia Abendshien, who owned it when the filming took place. He is president of Chicago-based Integrated Clinical Solutions Inc., a health care consultancy.
The 14-room home sits on a half-acre lot and contains 4,250 square feet. Among its four bedrooms is a master suite that spans one wing and includes a sunroom and sitting room with a carved marble fireplace mantle.
The home has been listed with Marissa Hopkins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, who said it was built in 1920s. The sellers were unavailable for comment.
In an interview provided by the real estate firm, the Abendshiens said Hughes’ production company actually wanted the house for a 1989 film, “Uncle Buck,” but that they were just moving in at the time and didn’t want the disruption.
“Home Alone” filming took five and a half months, they said. The Abendshiens said they spent most of that time camped out in their master suite.
Chris Columbus directed the film and was the one in charge at the property. The Abendshiens said they treasure several mementos from the occasion.