The Real-Life Home Alone House: Then and Now

Since Macaulay Culkin had the house to himself again this Christmas — as he reprised the role of sharp kid Kevin McCallister for an ingenious Google Home ad — we thought this may be the perfect time to tell the story of a home we all grew up in: the McCallister’s house in Home Alone

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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.

The 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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Image credits: Atlas Obscura

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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Image: 20th Century Fox

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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Image: 20th Century Fox

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.

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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Image credit: Coldwell Banker

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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Image credit: Coldwell Banker

SEE ALSO: The Simpsons House Gets a Modern Day Makeover

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Image credit: Coldwell Banker
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Image credit: Coldwell Banker

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.

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