May 5, 2011 / 3:03 PM / 6 years ago

"Home Alone" house for sale for $2.4 million

CHICAGO (Reuters Life!) - The stately Georgian home where actor Macaulay Culkin outwitted a pair of bumbling thieves in the 1990 hit film “Home Alone” is for sale for $2.4 million.

<p>The home featured in the classic John Hughes family movie 'Home Alone' in Winnetka, Illinois. REUTERS/Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Chicago</p>

John and Cynthia Abendshien, the owners of the four-bedroom, red brick home north of Chicago, said they are ready to downsize, since their daughter who became Culkin’s playmate during the six-month-long shoot is grown up.

“We got to know him, and eventually called him by his nickname, ‘Mac,'” said John Abendshien, adding he was “a nice, but quiet young boy.”

The family lived in the house throughout most of the filming, moving into the four-room master bedroom suite.

“Very few homes have a leading role in a movie, in a sense of becoming an additional character,” said Marissa Hopkins of Coldwell Banker, the company handling the sale.

In the film, directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes, 8-year-old Kevin McCallister wishes away his family, including four taunting older siblings, and then finds his wish has come true when the family flies to Paris for the Christmas holiday, mistakenly leaving him behind.

Kevin, played by Culkin, spends the bulk of the film outsmarting the burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, in the film that became the year’s top box office hit and spawned several sequels.

The home’s owners said they had been approached by Hughes’ production company about using the house for his previous feature, “Uncle Buck,” but refused because they were just settling in and had not sold their old home.

When the location manager returned 18 months later, they agreed to turn their home into a movie set.

Beyond its celluloid fame, the 1920s home features a gourmet kitchen, wood-burning fireplace, a sunroom, a dormered attic bedroom and a detached garage and is situated on a half-acre lot not far from Lake Michigan.

In keeping with its star status, the house will have its own listing website: here. Don't expect to catch a peek at an open house, however. Only pre-qualified clients can request a private showing.

Another suburban Chicago home featured in a hit movie helmed by Hughes, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” is expected to go back on the market soon. The modernistic four-bedroom home and its steel-and-glass studio-garage used as a launching pad for a sports car, was originally priced at $2.3 million and was last listed at $1.65 million, selling agent Meladee Hughes said.

The New York English Tudor home where the famous wedding sequence from the 1972 film “The Godfather” was filmed is also on the market. It was listed in December with an asking price of just under $3 million.

Reporting by Chris Michaud and Andrew Stern

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