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‘Home Alone’ House Sells For $1.58m (Assorted Traps Not Included)

The house used in the 1990 comedy Home Alone has sold for $1.58m, just ten months after going on sale with a price tag of $2.4m.

The colonial-style residence featured heavily in the blockbuster movie, which saw eight-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) foiling oafish burglars with cunning traps, after his family accidentally left him behind on a Christmas vacation.

The Chicago dwelling boasts 14 rooms spread over three storeys, and is located in Winnetka, a short walk from Lake Michigan.

John and Cynthia Abendshien had owned the house since the late-’80s, and were hoping its cinematic legacy would boost the property’s value. The film took six months to shoot, during which John and Cynthia camped out in the four-room master suite, as the rest of the property was used for filming.

Last Thursday, the couple settled for an offer that was $800,000 less than their original valuation. Estate agents had described the house as a “classic residence [that] offers timeless and inspired family living.”

The property is the latest in a line of famous movie houses to be sold on. Earlier this year, a home belonging to Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Offwent (back) up for sale for $1.65m. Meanwhile, Ennis House, the iconic building from numerous films (most famously Blade Runner), sold for $4.5m in July 2011, after initially being valued at $15m.

Those still looking for a house from the movies might also wish to consider the houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle – that can be yours for a cool $2.5 million.

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