The Real-Life Home Alone House: Then and Now

In the Christmas of 2018, Macaulay had the house to himself again, as he reprised the role of sharp kid Kevin McCallister for an ingenious Google Home ad. Now, Disney is working on a remake of the worldwide smash. However, the original McCallister’s house in Home Alone is the one we all grew up in, and we’re going to tell you its story.

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Released on November 1990, Home Alone is an all-time classic comedy about eight-year-old Kevin McCallister who, accidentally left behind by his family on Christmas, is forced to defend his home from two dimwit burglars.

The movie gained such notoriety that today, “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” only when TV channels start running Home Alone for the millionth time.

In 2019, Disney officially announced that a remake of the worldwide smash was in the works and everyone just went bananas.

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The news intrigued fans all over the world, wondering whether it could ever live up to the original version. Considering that the sequels in which Macaulay didn’t star were total flops, only a Christmas miracle would help Disney meet fans expectations.

Anyway, for us there’s always going to be one Home Alone house – the original festive one that awakens the true Christmas magic.

The 1990 movie turned Macaulay Culkin into one of the biggest kid stars of all time, and the McCallister house became a character in its own. And as is turns out, the gorgeous mansion is as real as can be (though possibly safer from dimwit bandits than its big screen couterpart).

A walk down memory lane

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Built in 1920, the house initially belonged to John and Cynthia Abendshien, and if you were wondering about what Home Alone house address is, it’s located at 671 Lincoln Ave, Winnetka, IL 60093.

The couple hadn’t owned it for very long when the production company approached them about transforming their new home into a filming set for the movie. Director Chris Columbus later stated that finding a house to fit his vision was no easy task:

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“We needed to cast a house that would work for the stunts and also a house that was visually appealing and, if this makes sense, warm and menacing at the same time. It’s the kind of house if you were a kid it would be fun to be left home alone… I wanted it to feel timeless.”

The red-brick, Georgian-style home sits on a half-acre with around 4,200 square feet of living space, boasts five bedrooms, including a four-room master suite, which spans the entire west wing of the home, and three-and-a-half bathrooms. As you may recall from the movie, as one enters the house, the legendary staircase welcomes guests.

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Another feature that made it a perfect fit was that the house has plenty of nooks and crannies where Kevin was able to hide and set traps for the burglars. The attic where he spent the night with his bed-wetting cousin is actually an attic bedroom with two grand suites.

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The iconic suburban Chicago home also has a large kitchen, a detached double garage and a greenhouse.

As for Kevin’s backyard tree house, it was specially constructed for the movie and demolished once they stopped filming. Too bad, since the Abendshiens lived there for 20 years and had a daughter who could’ve enjoyed it.

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The Home Alone house now

Times have changed and so have trends, which means the Home Alone house looks quite different now — despite the exterior’s recognizable look. The owners decided to redecorate in interiors before putting it up for sale.

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Just as luxurious, the Home Alone house has a different aesthetic nowadays. The staircase looks completely different, the walls are painted in a chic shade of grey, the kitchen has plain white cupboards and the giant office has a piano instead of those festive touches. However, there’s still a four-poster bed in the mansion’s master suite.

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In 2012, the house at 671 Lincoln Avenue, Winnetka, Illinois sold for $1.585 million, almost one million less compared to its original listing price of $2.4 million.

Even with all these changes, Home Alone fans will remember it as the house of the McCallisters, filled with red and green furnishings, charm, character, and over-the-top Christmas decorations.

The Home Alone remake – Locations, locations

As we’ve mentioned above, a Home Alone remake will be released in December 2020 and Quebecois have a lot to be proud of as some of the scenes were filmed in Montreal. And no wonder they chose this city – Montreal creates the perfect winter wonderland background for this kind of movies.

The producers haven’t revealed too many details regarding the filming locations, but we do know that the action is set in Chicago and the famous Christmas market in Parc St. Mark will be one important location.

However, we can’t wait to tell you the story behind the house that will appear in the remake and we hope it’ll be at least as gorgeous as the original. After all, Montreal has a lot of houses that are almost identical to the iconic McCallister residence.

The new Home Alone is directed by Dan Mazer and the cast of characters includes Archie Yates in the role of Max, Ellie Kemper and Rob Delaney. We’ll keep you updated when we’ll have more info, but meanwhile we thought that Macaulay Culkin’s reaction to the whole thing is worth sharing.

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