Seattle’s Famous Up House On the Move

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Real Estate Agent with Hart Real Estate Solutions RRE-BRO-LIC-24638

The home that many believed inspired the Disney movie Up will officially be on the move—though not by balloons. The ‘Up’ home became a symbol for anti-development groups, naturalists and crusaders alike as the 600 square foot home and its owner stayed put despite mass commercial development around it. For those who don’t know, the home’s past owner Edith Macefield turned down $1,000,000 to be moved from her small lot she had owned for a near half century. Once developers were spurned, they went ahead and built their project around her.

Her home became iconic for standing firm in the face of progress and was used as a symbol by many groups. Now, after a complicated series of bids to purchase the home, it will now be taken in by OPAL (Of People and Land), a Seattle land trust. The home, due to its complexities and age, will be moved from its current location to Orcas Island and added to an affordable housing project OPAL has headed.

There were efforts to have the home turned into some form of historical landmark, but the home had been fully renovated and therefore did not have historical significance in that sense. Now Seattle developers will be able to incorporate the gap and the small lot will more than likely be filled by a small retail store or coffee shop.

 

Source: http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2015/08/up_house_finds_a_home_edith_ma.html

 

Comments (2)

Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tim - I had never seen this home before, and can certainly see how it may have been the motivation behind the movie "Up".

Aug 25, 2015 05:15 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Tim Hart Though I have never seen this house in person, I did know of its existence and always felt it deserved to remain put. Too bad they are moving it.

Aug 25, 2015 07:09 AM