Just in time for the holidays, fans can purchase the original house used in “A Christmas Story.”
Real estate agent Chad Whitmer confirmed that the listing includes the house, the Bumpus house, a 4,000-square-foot gift shop, a museum, and several vacant lots that the home’s current owner has purchased. No price was given, but the Zillow estimate on the house alone is $188,000. Due to the popularity of the home and the additional buildings, it will likely sell for a lot more than that.
The house was built in 1895 and used while filming the Christmas movie, which went on to become a cult classic. The film was based on the 1966 book, “In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash,” and focused on an average middle-class family in the 1940s. The main character Ralphie is hoping to get a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range BB gun for Christmas.
After falling into disrepair, the home used in the movie was sold on eBay in December 2004 and renovated to resemble how it appeared in the film. Public tours began in November 2006, the website noted, and since then, more than one million fans have come to see the property.
Per the website, the museum “features the largest collection of original costumes, props, behind-the-scenes photos and other items from the movie.” A detached garage includes a 1939 Ford LaFrance firetruck just like the one featured in the film.
“It is definitely exciting for the city of Cleveland,” Whitmer told Fox News digital of the listing becoming available. “They have turned [the home] into something special.” The Ohio-based agent said he expects the property to sell for somewhere in the eight figures.
Whitmer also noted that there’s an opportunity for new owners to expand the business even further. “[The property] lends itself to expansion,” he told Fox News, saying he wants the buyer to “make it into something even more special for the city of Cleveland.”
Fans are also looking forward to a new film titled “A Christmas Story Christmas,” a sequel to the original that features “grown-up” Ralphie (Peter Billingsly) who “must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it, this time as a dad,” according to the description from the streaming site, as The Daily Wire previously reported.
“A Christmas Story Christmas” debuts on HBO Max on November 17.