Nearly 40 years after its release, the house that director Richard Donner used for the Walsh residence in The Goonies has been put on the market. In the 1985 classic, the house is located in Astoria, Oregon, though the blue-collar neighborhood of the “Goon Docks” doesn’t exist. The house still has the wraparound porch and covered deck with that view of the Pacific Northwest coastline you can see in the movie. Per the listing:
“Literally the home you have all been waiting for! Built in 1896, this home comes fully loaded with history, nostalgia and iconic level of fame. After you walk through the front door of this amazing home, you realize the level craftsmanship and character put into this property. Every level of this home has clear views of the bay, the bridge and the city. Each spectacular season will be a welcome change as you get to experience all the Oregon Coast has to offer from the comfort of your own home.”
The plot of the film concerns Mikey Walsh (Sean Astin) and his friends Mouth (Corey Feldman), Chunk (Jeff Cohen), and Data (Ke Huy Quan) discovering a map to One-Eyed Willie’s treasure. Facing foreclosure, the kids set out to find the buried treasure, with Mikey’s brother Brand (Josh Brolin) and fellow residents Andy (Kerri Green) and Stef (Martha Plimpton) becoming embroiled in the adventure as well.
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The residence is a two-story Victorian house with wood siding and a concrete perimeter. The inside consists of a basement, three bedrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, a living room, and a fireplace. The appliances include a dishwasher, free-standing range, and free-standing refrigerator. The utilities consist of gas, public sewer, and public water.
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The price tag for the house is $1.65 Million. Listing agent Jordan Miller has stated that he and the seller aren’t looking for just any owner:
“It has to be someone who appreciates this movie and the history of this movie and this beautiful town.”
Of course, anyone who buys the house should be prepared for visitors. In 2015, the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce estimated that 12,000 to 15,00 people visited that house during The Gooddocks, an annual celebration of the movie that coincided with the 30th anniversary of the film.
The house’s owner at the time, Sandi Preston, was a fan of the movie who would frequently allow other fans to visit and take pictures. However, after that festival’s record attendance, Preston ended up closing the house to the public after many visitors left behind beer bottles, cigarette butts, and dog droppings. That and thousands of people standing in her yard doing the Truffle Shuffle.
However, a website listing by Wander Wisdom posted on May 13, 2022, stated that “the present owners don’t mind you walking up the gravel drive and taking a picture of yourself in front of the house,” but also to be courteous and not drive your vehicle up on the driveway hill. A lesson in being polite if only, at the very least, you want continued access to cinematic history.