Goonies House Closed After Owner Gets Fed Up With FansIf you were ever planning on trekking to sleepy Astoria, Oregon, for the iconic Goondocks, we regret to inform you that special house is now closed to visitors.
The home’s owner has decided to close off the property to visitors and fans, according to city officials.
“Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up…” read one visitor from a sign, containing the homeowner’s hand-written plea. “Then the city of Astoria encourages thousands to come stand in front.”
But that doesn’t mean, lovers of the classic are happy to truffle-shuffle home empty-handed.
Tuesday afternoon, fan after fan ended the pilgrimage of their childhood dreams, disappointed.
Some came from as far as Minneapolis, Boston and Italy.
“She should realize that there is a following for this movie and that people really want to see this house,” said visitor Linda Marincovich.
“I’m surprised that she waited this long,” said Astoria City Councilman Russ Warr.
Warr lives down the street from the “Goonies” house.
For 14 years, homeowner Sandi Preston has let fans — within reason — approach, photograph, gawk at and geek out on her property in Uppertown. On occasion, she has even opened up her house to them.
“Sandi … has been very, very accommodating,” City Councilor Russ Warr said.
Warr says this summer, the city estimates between 1,200 and 1,500 people per day drop by, unannounced.
He says while most are polite, some are not.
“They park on the ‘no-parking’ zones, they park on the sidewalks, they relieve their dogs on their lawns,” he said.
Warr says fans show up overnight, leaving beer bottles and cigarette butts.
Eventually, the owner had enough, forcing future would-be visitors to, indeed, say die.
“It’s a bummer as someone who just wanted to come see a piece of childhood and something you think you’re a part of,” said Ashley Jones.
City officials say, as far as they know, there are no plans to reopen the “Goonies” house.
The move comes roughly a month after the city’s 30th anniversary celebration of the film, which officials estimate, generated roughly 2 to $3 million for Astoria’s economy.