The kids in the hit 1985 film The Goonies set out on an adventure to save their home and now a woman that lives in that very house is trying to do the same. The house located in Astoria, Oregon is a favorite of visitors who love to stand outside the home and perform the “Truffle Shuffle.” I guess every home has a history!
Over the past 30 years since the release of the hit Stephen Spielberg family movie the subsequent real life owner of the house, Sandi Preston embraced the property’s fame. Up until recently she allowed Goonies fans to snap photos and even gave tours of the house. Here is a pretty cool video of the house in 2013 when she gave one of those tours. The footage is even spliced together with scenes from the movie to show then and now:
However in recent years with the film’s 30th anniversary the constant throngs of fans has gotten bigger and have been increasingly disrespectful to the fact that the house is actually lived in. People have been leaving cigarette butts, beer bottles and letting their dogs urinate everywhere.
Apparently people went too far and the owner couldn’t take it anymore. She has recently put up blue tarps over the once quaint movie home to discourage people from visiting to take photos.
Hey you guys! Let’s go trash a place that we came to take pictures of!
It is hard to imagine but up to 1,500 people a day are said to visit “The Goonies House” according to local town officials. I mean, OK cool it was a house in a movie; neat. It was a classic movie! Maybe I would take a quick swing by if I was in the neighborhood and snap a selfie, but every day 1,500 people travel to a random house in Oregon that was in a movie 30 years ago? You know I bet you can just watch the film again on Netflix and see the house, but what do I know?
To be fair to The Goonies fans this isn’t the first time the owners of a home featured in a popular film or television franchise have been harassed by the public. This past year Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan had to plead with fans to stop throwing pizzas on the real life shooting location house of fictional anti-hero Walter White, in a constant recreation of a scene from that show.
The whole thing is not surprising; I don’t know if you have met people, but they are pretty terrible. After all it is not their home being messed with so they could give two shits about this lady and her property. A sign posted says:
“Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it … This driveway (maintained by homeowners) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.”
Apparently the town itself promotes “The Goonies House” as a big local attraction. So if you are a fan of The Goonies and want to go check the house out; too bad! The beautiful looking house is covered in blue tarps now because assholes ruined it for everyone. Yay!
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Source: The Independent