The man who bought the Oregon home from Steven Spielberg’s adventure comedy ‘The Goonies’ has big plans and hopes for the property.
Behman Zakeri, a diversified entrepreneur from Overland Park, Kansas, placed an offer on the home at 368 38th Street in Astoria, Oregon shortly after hearing of its November sale.
Zakeri said he received tips on social media and text messages from close friends who knew he was a fan of the 1985 film.
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“When I got the news that I was officially signed to the Goonies House, it was the day before Thanksgiving,” he recalled during a telephone interview with FOX Business on Tuesday, January 17.
“I was at home with a group of my family.”
The official closing date for the $1.65 million property was January 11.
The news of the finalization of the sale was spread in a press release.
Zakeri’s wife, Liz, and his two adult children, Cody and Grace, supported the purchase of the home, according to Zakeri.
“I’m totally behind it,” Zakeri said.
While Zakeri’s family was encouraging throughout the home buying process, they acknowledged that there wasn’t a set goal or aspiration for owning the Goonies’ home.
Had a sequel been planned or if another buyer had a greater interest in the film property, Zakeri isn’t sure he would have been able to buy the home.
“I just got lucky,” Zakeri said. “All stars aligned.”
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Zakeri and her family plan to live in the house a few times during the year, but their primary residence will remain in Kansas.
“Kansas City is our home,” Zakeri said. “All my business is here, my family is here, my friends are here.”
When Zakeri and his family aren’t residing in the Goonies’ house, he hopes the house can serve as investment property.
Zakeri told FOX Business that fans and production companies will be able to rent out the home for extended stays of “31 days or more,” according to the city’s moratorium on short-term vacation rentals.
The current residential zoning of the Goonies’ home neighborhood will likely prohibit the property from becoming a commercial museum, according to Zakeri.
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However, Zakeri and his family are happy to welcome movie fans who stop by for photo opportunities.
“I feel in my heart that this house and this property are meant to be shared, to make so many people happy,” Zakeri said.
“This is one of the many ways I’d like to help serve and inspire others by allowing fans to connect with their childhood passion, their dream, their love of ‘The Goonies’ and everything in between.”
Outside of the existing washer-dryer and refrigerator, Zakeri and her family are starting fresh with the house unfurnished.
He and his wife are discussing how to restore the rooms that were featured in “The Goonies,” so they can look similar to 1980s design.
“A lot of movies take place in the living room, so you see the front door, which has a screen door in the movie,” Zakeri said.
“And then, of course, in the camera shots, you see the old kitchen, you see what could be thought of as a dining room, you see the stairs the kids ran up and the attic,” she added.
Rooms that weren’t shown in the film will likely be updated with newer TVs and decor, according to Zakeri.
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While decorating plans are in the early stages, Zakeri said he and his family plan to be at the Goonies house for the city’s Goonies Day celebration on June 7 — the anniversary of the film’s nationwide release date. – and Halloween.
Zakeri, 46, is a managing partner and chief executive officer who operates four businesses in Overland Park, Kansas, a principal city in the Kansas City metro area.
He said his business ventures include his role as CEO of We Buy Gold and his role as general manager of Collector’s Cache, a card collecting store.
In addition, he is a managing partner of Mastermind Escape Games (an interactive escape room) and Bury the Hatchet KC LLC (an ax throwing facility).
Zakeri told FOX Business that he is a self-made businessman who “worked from being poor as a kid” to where he is now.
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“When I bought this house, I probably set aside about 20%. And I had to finance the rest,” Zakeri said. “Now, because it was a conventional loan, that bank wouldn’t let me borrow more than the traditional $726,000 and change. So, I had to get money from other places.”
Zakeri said he had to pull shares from other real estate he owns to buy the Goonies’ home.
“I actually took out three separate loans, plus my down payment to buy this house,” Zakeri continued. “I have monster payouts for the next 10-15 years.”
Zakeri told FOX Business that he documented the Goonies’ home purchase and provided free business and personal financial advice on Twitter and TikTok.
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The longtime entrepreneur said he hopes his “rags to riches” background will inspire fellow “The Goonies” fans and people in general that they too can “find a way to tear down” and buy the home of their dreams.
“This is what I want to be remembered for,” concluded Zakeri.
“This is what I want my legacy to be.”
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