A super fan of the 1985 film bought a Victorian home in Astoria, Oregon. He says his number one priority is preserving the iconic home.
ASTORIA, Ore. – A die-hard “The Goonies” fan will soon be implementing the Truffle Shuffle into his new home: the iconic white Victorian house on a hill in Astoria, Ore., where the movie was filmed. 1985 hit classic.
Behman Zakeri, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” said he fulfilled a childhood dream when he bought a home for just over $1.65 million.
As a self-proclaimed “Goonie”, he said his first priority is to make sure the house will never said dead.
“The reason I bought it was for the community,” says Zakeri. “Someone has to be a keeper, someone has to preserve the landmark. Someone has to keep it original and undamaged.”
“Goonies” character Mikey Walsh, played by Sean Astin, lives in the house in the film. In the Richard Donner-directed film, Walsh and his fellow Goonies find a treasure map in the attic and embark on a treasure hunt through a tunnel in the basement of the house, hiding from a A group of dangerous criminals who want to rob their own wealth. The film is based on a story by Steven Spielberg.
“I told the agent, if I go up against Steven Spielberg or Sean Astin or something, I’m out!” Zakeri said.
The house, located in a residential area in the coastal Oregon city of Astoria, has been attracting movie fans for years. Its new owners hope to keep it accessible for tourists who want to visit.
“Hello clowns,” Zakeri said. He said he had no problem with fans taking selfies at the hotel – he was one himself – and just asked them to respect the surrounding neighbourhood.
Tourist popularity is sometimes a hot topic for the house’s previous owners. After the film’s 30th anniversary, which brought up to 1,500 visitors a day, the owners temporarily covered the house with tarps and put up a “no trespassing” sign prohibiting visitors from entering the house. She later reopened the house to the public. The City of Astoria also imposes severe penalties for parking in “no parking” zones in the vicinity because of the volume of tourists.
Zakeri, who lives in the Kansas City area, doesn’t plan to live full-time indoors.
Astoria’s recent ban on short-term rentals, like Airbnbs, means the “Goonies” home won’t be available to vacationers to rent over the weekend, but Zakeri doesn’t rule out the possibility for those long term rental.
“I think it’s important that, even if someone rents it, they acknowledge that part of life in the Goonies house is adapting to the traffic,” he added.
What good is it to live in your childhood dream house if you can’t share it with your childhood best friend? After initially planning to split the “Goonies” home with his childhood friend and neighbor, Michael Eakin, they hit gold when they discovered the house next door was also up for sale. Three decades later, the friends will become neighbors.
“I said ‘Hey Mikey, I bought the Goonies and you bought the house next door?’ and he was like, ‘Done.
Spielberg hasn’t called about a sequel yet, but Zakeri says he’d like to see Hollywood use the house in the future.
“Call me,” Zakeri said. “Let’s make it happen.”
The house’s official closing date on Wednesday comes just hours after actor Ke Huy Quan, who played Data in “Goonies,” won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a feature film. photo Everything Everywhere All At Once. After the awards ceremony, he recalled having “a lot of scripts” for “Goonies 2” over the past 30 years. and he is still “open” to review the character.
Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to note that Richard Donner directed “The Goonies”, while it was based on a story by Steven Spielberg
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