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The “Up” House In Seattle Won’t Be Demolished, Thank Goodness!

BY JST NEWS

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The Up house isn’t going up in flames, thankfully.

Situated in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and an inspiration for the 2009 Pixar movie, the Edith Macefield House, which has been a popular tourist landmark since the film’s release, will be staying intact.

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Named after its late owner who passed away in 2008, the famous house has been at its current address 1438 NW 46th St. since the beginning of the 20th century. Despite new business constructions in the surrounding area, Macefield turned down numerous offers to sell her home for commercial development. In 2006, the late owner refused a reported $1 million offer to sell her home, and she became a folk hero. By the time she passed away at the age of 86, the 108-year-old farmhouse was surrounded by a five-story project.

Edith Macefield House Up Seattle

For Up’s release in 2009, Disney publicists attached balloons to the roof of Macefield’s house to promote the film, in which an aging widower’s home is similarly surrounded by looming development.

In an interview with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2007, Macefield said:

I don’t want to move. I don’t need the money. Money doesn’t mean anything.

Macefield’s only son died when he was 13 years old. Before she passed away, she didn’t provide directions on dividing the property in her will. But she did put it under Barry Martin – the supervisor on the construction project surrounding her house.

In July 2009, Martin sold the house to Greg Pinneo for $310,000. Pinneo intended to use the house as an office to run his real estate coaching firm Reach Returns. On March 13, 2015, however, the house went through foreclosure auction and was subsequently put back on the market. Pinneo had failed to pay back taxes on the house.

In June, broker of the house Paul Thomas spoke to seattlepi.com, giving signs that the house wasn’t in an adequate condition for living and it was possibly to be obliterated:

It has become apparent that the age and condition of the house make it cost prohibitive for anyone to use the house in its current location. The house will either be donated or demolished, then the land will be sold.

On June 30, Thomas released a statement on nobsbroker.com explaining bids on the house were accepted until July 29. Whoever won the bid had 90 days to move the house.

Contrary to the misleading “information” being posted on the Edith Macefield facebook page, it is not a foregone conclusion that the Edith Macefield house (aka “The UP! House”) will be torn down. This is an extremely important house to large numbers of people and the seller is keenly interested in keeping the Edith Macefield legacy alive. If that were not the case, the house would have been bulldozed long ago.

Regrettably, it has become apparent that using the house in its present location for commercial or residential purposes faces too many hurdles in the City building code and too much red tape to be economically feasible. As a result, the seller has decided to donate the house with preference to non-profit organizations and then to sell the land.

Next week, official announcements from neither the new owner of the house nor its broker will be released, but Seattle’s KING 5 tweeted that the house will be moving to a new location.

The current owner will be donating the house to a nonprofit, as more development news will be released next Tuesday.

Edith Macefield House Up Seattle movie

Although Pixar has denied the house in the film was based on Edith Macefield House, locals have referred to it as “the Up house.” Macefield is such a local icon that a music festival was named after her. On October 5, 2013, the inauguration of Macefield Music Festival included multiple musical genres, in several venues. The promoters said it “…will be an affordable way to explore the current landscape of Seattle music while celebrating the steadfast attitude of the dearly departed Ms. Macefield.”

On Tuesday, we will find out the Up house’s fate. And we hope this is one happy ending that would make Ms. Macefield very happy.

Photos: Facebook/Edith Macefield House

Have you ever seen the Up house in Seattle? Let us know in the comments.

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