Fan buying ‘Goonies’ house in Oregon wants to protect landmark

ASTORIA, Ore. — The likely new owner of the classic Victorian home featured in “The Goonies” movie is a fan of the film and wants to preserve and protect the landmark.

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The home, built in 1896, was listed for $1.65 million in November. The four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Astoria was featured prominently in the 1985 film that starred Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, KPTV reported.

Jordan Miller, the listing agent for John L. Scott Real Estate, said the deal is expected to close in mid-January, The Oregonian reported. Miller said the new owner, who calls himself a “self-described serial entrepreneur,” will reveal his identity after the deal closes.

Fans have flocked to the home for years, and Astoria celebrates Goonies Day on June 7, the day the film was released, according to The Associated Press.

An offer was accepted six days after the house was listed, KPTV reported, citing public records.

“After the word spread that the property was for sale, we received multiple offers, at asking price and higher, and we have a full backup offer,” Miller told The Oregonian.

In a Q&A to “die-hard Goonies,” the potential new owner said he wants their help in rebuilding the mechanism that opens the front gate to the home, the newspaper reported.

“Of course, no one gets in unless they do the truffle shuffle,” the buyer joked in a written statement.

Seller Sandi Preston is passing along movie memorabilia she has collected or has received to the new buyer, along with some of the furniture to the restored home, Miller told The Oregonian.

Miller said he has also received an offer on the house next door to the Goonies house, which listed for $550,000 by Preston’s daughter, according to the newspaper.

Miller said the new buyer considers himself a “Goonie,” which he defines as friends who stick together.

“My childhood friendships were, and still are, instrumental to my development and success,” the buyer told Miller, according to The Oregonian. “Buying this home is one huge step in showing your dreams can become reality with the right friends around you. You don’t have to be rich to achieve your dreams, but you do need a strong support group, honesty and a desire for adventure.”

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