The famous line, “Goonies never say die,” may finally become a reality as the new owner of a Victorian-era home in Astoria, Oregon known as “The Goonies” house fans of the cult, coming-of-age movie. movie allows inside.
The restored private home with cinematic significance and views of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Columbia River is up for sale.
The asking price: $1.65 million.
“We’ve heard from fans, and we’re talking to real estate agents and pre-approved mortgage buyers,” says John L. Scott Real Estate real estate agent Jordan Miller.
Since the release of the adventure comedy in 1985, Goonies groupies have made pilgrimages to Astoria, in Oregon’s northwestern outskirts, congregating at 368 38th St. to glimpse the forbidding old house that was saved by the film’s unlikely young heroes.
Fictional brothers Brand Walsh (played by Josh Brolin) and Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin) and their misfit friends from the wrong side of the lane (the “Goon Docks”) fought to keep the brothers’ family home from developers.
The actual homeowner, Sandi Preston, who purchased the property in 2001, first let fans in before restoring the two-story home.
Most visitors were respectful, she said, but sometimes souvenir hunters ripped off pieces of the wallpaper near the bunk beds. She then closed the doors of the 1896 house, except during Goonies Day tours, organized to celebrate the film’s anniversary.
Thousands joined the tours, some mimicking the movie and urging friends not to give up, singing “It’s our time down here.”
Residents of the hilltop neighborhood complaining about people showing up day and night tried to thwart the throngs of fans of the feel-good movie about friendships.
“There’s someone here 24/7,” Preston told The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2013. “At midnight I can still see flashlights.”
Signs at the end of the driveway to discourage no trespassing were ignored and fans became concerned when the front of the house, which had water leaks, was obscured by tarps in 2015.
Still, there was non-stop posting #crazy selfies taken near Preston’s fenced yard. A couple got engaged on the spot.
What’s the appeal? Miller, who knows the movie and Astoria well, says people are nostalgic about their favorite childhood movie where the underdogs win, “and the friends don’t have to move.”
However, his client is willing to cut costs.
The 1,935-square-foot home has bay windows, original wood floors, three bedrooms, and a finished loft used as a fourth bedroom. New modern conveniences were added during the renovation.
There is also an unfinished basement where Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story “The Goonies” which was made into a screenplay by Chris Columbus, had a desk during filming. He met director Richard Donner there, says Miller.
Who will buy the property and what will they do with it?
“My client is looking for a buyer who will love the property as much as she has for 21 years,” says Miller. “It’s up to the new owner to make it look like the movie if that’s their delight, or keep the upgrades and restoration befitting one of the oldest homes in the first permanent American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. .”
Miller also has the listing for the 1885 house at 384 38th Ave. which is for sale by Preston’s daughter.
Astoria, the city that sought to issue $100 fines for illegal parking on 38th Avenue near “The Goonies” home in 2018, is now embracing its movie pedigree.
The old Clatsop County jail where the Fratelli brother broke out in “The Goonies” is now home to the Oregon Film Museum.
Other films with scenes shot in Astoria include the 1986 comedy ‘Short Circuit’, the 1990 action comedy ‘Kindergarten Cop’, the 1993 drama ‘Free Willy’, the 1993 superhero film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’ and the 2008 drama ‘Wendy and Lucy’.”