Seattle home linked to Disney’s “Up” movie could be demolished: media

30 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Ballard ‘Up’ house may be demolished.

Edith Macefield’s Seattle home, the famous “Up House” surrounded by stores and offices on three sides after the elderly woman refused to sell it to developers, may finally meet the wrecking ball. A broker representing the home says it could be knocked down in 90 days unless a nonprofit organization is willing to take it for free and move it, according to the Ballard News Tribune. In a statement Monday, the broker who sold the house at 1438 N.W. 46th St. said the buyer – a mother who hoped to open a pie shop with her teen daughter – has determined the home can’t be rehabilitated in a cost-effective manner, according to seattlepi.com.

The famous Ballard bungalow once owned by Edith Macefield, a symbol of anti-development in Seattle, might finally relinquish its unlikely holdout against demolition or relocation. The house has been called the “Up” house after the Pixar animated film that tells the story of an aging man fighting for his home in a community being overtaken by development. Macefield at one point turned down an offer reportedly more than $750,000 to vacate her house in favor of new development, but after she died in 2008 at age 86, the foreclosed house now wedged between the concrete-and-gray walls of a commercial building near the Ballard Bridge has been in limbo. The screenplay began years before Macefield’s fight to keep her house, though a promotion for the movie at Macefield’s house a year after her 2008 death made many believe the Seattle home inspired the movie.

An attempt to renovate it into a coffee and pie shop fell apart because bringing the house up to 2012 commercial building code (including retrofitting it for earthquake safety) proved too difficult, said the house’s real estate broker, Paul Thomas. Thomas said he’s “certainly hopeful” that a nonprofit will step forward and move the house, which has balloons tied to its surrounding fence, in celebration of its resemblance to the home in Pixar’s 2009 movie “Up.” A mother and her 16-year-old daughter backed out of the bid to remake the house into “Edith Pie” after learning of certain city code requirements, Thomas said in a news release. But city rules require that the home comply with the current city of Seattle building codes, a task that Paul Thomas, the broker behind the home sale, said was “virtually impossible.”

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