A listing agent for the Victorian home featured in the 1985 movie “The Goonies,” set in Astoria, Oregon, said this week that the potential new owner of the residence is a fan of the movie.
The prospective buyer said he had promised to preserve and protect the landmark.
The 1896 home, which features views of the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean, was listed in November for approximately $1.7 million.
According to Jordan Miller of John L. Scott Real Estate, the sale is expected to close in mid-January. The new owner, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, will reveal his identity at that time.
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Ever since people began watching the classic coming-of-age movie about friendships and treasure hunts in the 1980s, fans have visited the home in the historic Port of Astoria. The city in northwest Oregon celebrates Goonies Day on the movie’s June 7 release date. Usually thousands of people attend this event.
An offer for the home was accepted less than a week after it was listed, according to public records.
“After word got out that the property was for sale, we received several offers at the asking price and higher, and we have a full reserve offer,” said Miller.
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Vendor Sandy Preston leaves home movie memorabilia she has collected over the years or given away. Some of the furniture in the home, which has been restored to the original 1896 style, may also be sold to the buyer, Miller said.
Preston was reportedly very welcoming to visitors, but often had to close the house to foot traffic because she lived in the house and the constant crowds were a burden.
After the film’s 30th anniversary brought in around 1,500 daily visitors in 2015, Preston posted “No Trespassing” signs to prevent tourists from approaching the property. She reopened the house to the public in August.
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“The Goonies,” a Richard Donner film developed from a Steven Spielberg story based on a real ship that went missing, follows a group of friends fighting to protect their homes from an expanding country club and threats of foreclosure.
During this effort, they find an ancient treasure map that leads them on an adventure and allows them to save their neighborhood “Goon Docks”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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