When Home Alone was released in 1990, America changed forever. An entire generation grew up with the idea culturally implanted in their imaginations that they could ward off burglars. As a boy, I went to bed every night, praying that bandits were casing my house. My brother and I drew schematics, designed traps, and rehearsed extensively. (It goes without saying that for a few years our parents lived in a booby-trapped hell. Sorry Mom and Dad! We're not sorry.)
This morning, news arrives that the dream isn't dead: the house from Home Alone is for sale, and now all the person willing to part with 2.4 million needs to do is hire some burglars. Then that lucky individual can recreate arguably the most important children's Christmas film about fighting crime while also learning life lessons ever made.
Located on Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, the Home Alone house has 14 rooms that you can fill with broken Christmas ornaments, blow torches, Matchbox cars, and hot irons. John and Cynthia Abendshien are the former owners. Get this: a home they had owned previously was sought after by John Hughes for his film Uncle Buck. These people have only lived in homes that have been used for Macaulay Culkin movies. Cross your fingers that their next move puts them in the New England mansion were Culkin got murderous in The Good Son. (Mr. Highway, I see you!)
For images of the house, check out this blog.