“We have a few interested parties right now,” said realtor Jordan Miller, the listing agent for the property. “It seems everyone’s intention is to be able to open up the house a little bit more and have more access.”
Listed at an asking price of $1.7 million on Zillow, the 1896 home with sweeping views of the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean is described as “fully loaded with history, nostalgia, and an iconic level of fame.”
Since the movie hit theaters in 1985, fans have flocked to the home in northwestern Oregon’s historic Port of Astoria. The city celebrates Goonies Day on June 7, the date of the film’s release, and welcomes thousands of people to the event.
Owner Sandy Preston was known to be very welcoming to visitors. But she lived in the house full time, and the constant crowds were such a strain that she sometimes closed it to foot traffic.
After the film’s 30th anniversary drew around 1,500 daily visitors in 2015, Preston posted “No Trespassing” signs prohibiting tourists from going on the premises. It reopened to the public last August.
City officials, who have restricted parking in the area, have long sought to mediate tensions between residents and fans hoping to see and photograph the location.
“While the owner of this site from The Goonies is a movie fan and enjoys chatting with visitors who take a trip to Astoria to see movie locations, as you can imagine, it’s hard to have hundreds of people crowding into your personal space every single day,” the Chamber of Commerce wrote. in Astoria and Warrenton in August on a Facebook page she runs called Goonies Day in Astoria, Oregon.
In the coming-of-age film, based on a story by Steven Spielberg and featuring a young Sean Astin, a group of friends fight to protect their homes from an expanding country club and threats of foreclosure. In the process, they discover an ancient treasure map that leads them on an adventure and allows them to save the “Goon Docks” neighborhood.
Astoria and its rugged coastline have served as the backdrop for several blockbuster films from the 1980s and 1990s, including “Kindergarten Cop” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Right now, potential buyers of the Goonies’ iconic home don’t seem to want to make the house their primary residence, listing agent Miller said, suggesting it has caught the interest of people who want to “make it their passion.”
“It’s kind of a fun buy,” Miller said. “Whoever buys the house is going to have a relatively steady stream of very happy people stepping outside to fulfill their childhood dreams.”