One of the coolest houses ever – the house from “A Christmas Story” – went up for sale yesterday in Cleveland.
The price has not been given, but the entire property covers 1.3 acres, and includes a museum with props and costumes from the movie, and a gift shop. There are five buildings on seven parcels, two public and one private parking lot, and two empty lots which leave the buyer room for expansion. And – the “official Red Ryder carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time” is included!
The real estate firm Hoff and Leigh wants people to tell them why they want to buy the house. They are accepting essays. The price of the home will only be shared “with qualified buyers under confidentiality agreements.”
The house was built in 1895, and as purchased on eBay in December 2004 and required a massive renovation to restore it to its original movie splendor. The House started public tours on November 25th, 2006 and since has welcomed over a million guests and counting.
Annual paid admissions boast over 75,000, and many more visit the Gift Shop. In addition to being open for daily tours, both The House and The Neighbor’s House are each available for overnight rentals.
If you have been there, and seen it in person, it’s pretty cool. It takes you back, not only to the movie, but to a simpler time in life. You can take a look at the “A Christmas Story” house HERE.
The current owner says, “I’m looking for the right buyer. It’s an interesting property to not only own, but you also have to take care of as a piece of Americana. It’s going to be an interesting journey.”
Don’t forget, the much anticipated “A Christmas Story Christmas” – the follow-up to annual holiday favorite, “A Christmas Story” – is available on HBO Max November 17th. This time, Ralphie is all grown up, dealing with Christmas and all that comes with it, but now – as a dad. Peter Billingsley returns to the role of Ralphie, and I can’t wait to see it!