‘Home Alone’ House In Winnetka Up For Sale

WINNETKA, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — Macaulay Culkin is more than 30 years old now, and has long since shed his juvenile innocence for mature roles such as that of convicted murderer Michael Alig in “Party Monster.”

But you may well still remember Culkin best for smacking his palms against his cheeks and screaming as a little boy in “Home Alone.” If so, and if you can afford to pay $2.4 million, you can move into the very house where that was set.

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Owners John and Cynthia Abendshien have lived in the 91-year-old house at 671 Lincoln Ave. in Winnetka since 1988, and were the residents when the movie was filmed.

But the Abendshiens are now empty-nesters and have decided it’s time to sell, despite the weak housing market.

The listing agent Marissa Hopkins of Coldwell Banker says its history adds a certain cachet.

“Certainly, having some cinematic fame is a factor that one will consider with this home but, most important is the home itself,” Hopkins said.

“Home Alone” was released just after Thanksgiving 1990. All the shots in the kitchen, main staircase, and windowed first-floor landing were shot inside the house, according to the Web site MovieFone.

But the décor of the house seen in the movie was not chosen by the Abendshiens. The filmmakers papered over the walls to provide a more holiday-oriented feel, MovieFone reported. They also built a tree house that was torn down after the filming, the Web site reported.

The Abendshiens talked about their experience with the filming in the Coldwell Banker video.

“We for example learned that if snow doesn’t bounce off your shoulders or your head, it’s potato flakes that they’re blowing in your hair,” said Cynthia Abendshien.

Writer Hughes, who died in 2009 at the age of 59, was born in Lansing, Mich., and grew up in suburban Detroit, but moved to Northbrook with his family at the age of 12.

“John Hughes had a real interest in filming in community settings. He, I understand, grew up in the North Shore, and really wanted his sets and backgrounds to have a real world; a true neighborhood and a true-home-type ambience,” John Abendshien said in a Coldwell Banker promotional video.

And by the by, if you just wanted to catch a glimpse of the interior of the house while it’s up for sale, forget it. Only pre-qualified buyers will be shown the house.

  • Toonces

    Be sure that you can swing the $35,000 Crook County property taxes on it before you buy.

  • penny

    I would never buy a house with a neighbor that uses salt to make MUMMIES out of his victims. MUMMIES!

    • MM

      Keep the change, ya filthy animals.

  • Karen Ullrich

    When the movie came out I watched the credits and saw the house was located on Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, I live in Chicago and decided one day to take a drive and locate the house. I found the house. I think it was the Christmas holiday the year the movie premiered but I am not sure. Anyway the owners had a picture in their front window of Malculhey Culkin sliapping his cheeks doing the Oh No face. It was funny. Great house. Great location.

  • Shelley Naugle

    Regardless of the man who uses salt to make his mummies I wouldn’t let that bother me. That man is probably dead by now. lol… I love this house its huge…
    If I had the $2.4 million I would buy it in a heart beat I would love to be the owner of this house & my fiance would love to have this house too. I wwold move y mom in with us & she would have half the house to herself. I would be in high heaven having this house with my fiance…

  • Stephen Mirra

    What a gorgeous home! “BUT…. What happened” to the beautiful KITCHEN from the movie? Home alone is probably my all time favorite feel good holiday movie’s and it was a rare treat to get the inside scoop and see the actual home’s photos. If it were were going to be mine, I would return it to exactly the way they decorated it in the film. But it’s not! Best wishes to the new owners and the old.

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