Goonies Fans Drive Home Owner Nuts
The house from ’80s kids favourite The Goonies saw its share of mischief onscreen, but it doesn’t stop there. In recent years, this Astoria, Oregon residence has become one of the region’s hottest tourist attractions, much to the chagrin of the people who live there. According to reports, each day the house is visited by roughly 1,000 truffle shufflers, leaving a trail of beer bottles and cigarette butts behind them. This became so frustrating for the homeowner that she recently covered the windows with blue tarp.
A sign on the property explains that visitors are not welcome (“access closed to Goonies house”), while another offers a more detailed plea for understanding: “Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it… this driveway (maintained by homeowners) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.”
While this is undeniably frustrating news for Goonies fans plotting a trip to Astoria in search of treasure (and movie locations), it seems that the mobs of visitors celebrating the film’s 30th anniversary crossed the line. An Astoria city councilman says he’s “surprised that she waited this long” to take a stand, but to the homeowner’s credit, she did her best to be welcoming. For a glimpse of her past attempts at hospitality—and the inside of the house—see the video below.