‘Home Alone’ Turns 30—How Has That House Held Up?

It’s a great chance to binge-watch some Christmas films because COVID-19 is keeping a lot of us indoors for the holidays. ‘Home Alone’, which turns 30 this year, is a must-watch.A young Macaulay Culkin plays Kevin McCallister in this iconic John Hughes film from 1990. Kevin is an intelligent eight-year-old who gets mistakenly left behind by his huge, rowdy family when they take a plane to Paris. Kevin uses all of his creativity to set up a variety of booby traps around the house to thwart the attempts of the two intruders.

The red-brick Colonial that Culkin’s character defends serves as an iconic backdrop, even if this film made him a famous. And imaginative tributes to the movie have begun appearing online and on social media, either as a result of the film’s 30th anniversary, holiday nostalgia, or simply ennui brought on by the epidemic.

A fan from Los Angeles named Loren Baker collaborated with Groundworks, a foundation construction company, to create a tribute site for the McCallister House. The site challenges visitors to identify all 14 booby traps that are waiting for the burglars in a three-dimensional model of the house, from the tar-covered basement stairs to the red-hot doorknob on the front porch.

Programmer Kevin Urrutia-O’Reilly, another “Home Alone” fan, decorated his Austin, Texas home with “Home Alone”-themed items, such as a cardboard cutout of Michael Jordan, two extremely agitated robbers, and a light-up banner that said, “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.”

For $227 per night, fans who want more than a drive-by may reserve a night in a Dallas Airbnb with a “Home Alone” theme, which includes complimentary cheese pizza delivery.

Even while all of these tributes show how popular this movie is still, you might be wondering what’s going on with the real-life “Home Alone” house. After all this time, where is it and how is it holding up?

How the ‘Home Alone’ house is doing today

Actually, this property is situated in Winnetka, Illinois at 671 Lincoln Avenue, and it’s doing great, Thank you very much.

This 4,243-square-foot, four-bedroom house brought $1,585,000 when it sold in 2012. There is no indication of a markup driven by Hollywood; that is a reasonable market price. The mirrored grandeur of the mansion seemed to have gone!

However, the home itself is in excellent condition, maybe as a result of the owners, Cynthia and John Abendshien, taking care to ensure that their property wasn’t misused to the same extent as burglar Joe Pesci, when the movie was filmed.

According to Cynthia Abendshien, “We were told shooting would be four or five weeks,” Chicago magazine said. Alright, so the filming actually took longer than five months. The location manager informed the Abendshiens that even though they had been assigned an apartment, “under the contract, if they needed to knock down a wall when we weren’t home, they could do it,” Abendshien said. “Thereupon she advised us that staying on the property would be ideal.”

During those more than five months of filming, they did just that—remain. We may have been in the flat for three nights during that period, the woman stated.

Who knows if the present owners are as watchful as the ones who were in the movie, but if they are, we think this house may hold up just as well.

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