Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022

There’s nothing better than a little Christmas nostalgia, and this property listing has plenty of it.

The Cleveland, Ohio, home where moviegoers first saw Ralphie Parker begrudgingly wearing pink bunny overalls has hit the market.

That’s right: the house from the iconic 1983 holiday movie A Christmas story is for sale.

The house has no minimum asking price.  Instead, interested buyers are asked to write an essay about why they want to own the home and museum.

The house has no minimum asking price. Instead, interested buyers are asked to write an essay about why they want to own the home and museum.

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But it’s not just the house that’s on the market — the house is part of a package that includes the whole A Christmas story campus, including the Bumpus House next door, a museum and an exact replica of the 1939 Ford LaFrance fire engine used in the film.

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“I’m looking for the right buyer,” owner Brian Jones, 47, told NBC affiliate WKYC in Cleveland. “It’s something you not only own, but you have to take care of.”

Jones told NBC that he has been obsessed with film for most of his life. Years ago he learned that his eyesight would prevent him from becoming a Navy pilot and, to cheer him up, his parents sent him a leg lamp similar to old man Parker’s “grand prize” on display in the house.

Many prized artifacts from the film, including Ralphie Parker's Red Ryder and Old Man Parker's foot lamp, are used to decorate the home.

Many prized artifacts from the film, including Ralphie Parker’s Red Ryder and Old Man Parker’s foot lamp, are used to decorate the home.

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He began making his own replica leg lamps, and a year later his wife emailed him to say the house in Cleveland was on the market. He bought the house in 2004 for 150,000 US dollars.

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This time it is not expected to be so cheap.

While there is no listed minimum price for the home and surrounding properties, Realtor Chad Whitmer told WKSU he expects offers in the eight-figure range.

Bumpus House.

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People can apply to buy a home, but the automated response fires back, saying, “There is no list price for this opportunity. We’re just putting it on the market and letting the market decide.”

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Interested buyers are then asked to “make an offer” and submit information about themselves, their background, their wealth and source of funds for the purchase, and a “topical” essay entitled: Why I want to buy the Christmas Story House and Museum.

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The house was built in 1895 and nearly demolished before Jones bought it and spent years restoring it to its movie-worthy glory.

The previous owner lovingly restored the home and brought back many of the original artifacts from the film.

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“Obviously the new owner can do what they want with everything,” Whitmer told WKSU. “But considering what this is and the price it’s going to sell for, it would be hard to believe that someone would spend that much money and turn it back into a residence.”

Whoever buys the house could have a real money-making business. It is the fourth most popular tourist attraction in Cleveland, according to TripAdvisor, and has close to 100,000 visitors each year.

“With all the wall-to-wall anecdotes, this beautiful classic is both spacious and intimate. Nostalgically upgraded with slightly vintage fixtures, you’re sure to be the talk of the town when you own this world-famous house and museum based on the beloved Christmas classic movie,” the listing states.

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Ralphie and Randy’s separate bed.

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According to People, Jones also recently started renting out rooms at both A Christmas story House and Bumpus House. Private loft rentals on the third floor of the main house start at $525 per night, or people can rent the Hound Dog Haven or Stolen Turkey suites at Bumpus House (sorry, hounds are not included or allowed) starting at $195 per night.

Renting and Selling a House comes just days before the sequel’s release on HBO Max A Christmas storyunder the title Christmas story Christmas.

people reports that Peter Billingsley will reprise his role as Ralphie Parker, but instead of being the Red Ryder kid with an air rifle that he once was, this time he’s a grown father of two who returns to his childhood home after the death of his father.

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Christmas story Christmas will be released on HBO Max on November 17. No Canadian air date has been announced at this time.

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