Los Angeles — The sequel to “A Christmas Story” debuts November 17 on HBO, and of course, holidays are just around the corner.
No better time to put the 19th-century Victorian house occupied by Ralphie in the beloved 1983 film classic up for sale. Current owner Brian Jones, who bought the place in 2004 for $150,000, has not attached a suggested purchase price.
Lacking a list price, the sale will work more like an auction. Over the years, he’s expanded to property to 1.3 acres with a gift shop, parking lots, a rental property and the home next door, occupied in the original film by the Bumpus family.
Reaction to the sale announcement has been mixed, prompting Jones to take to Facebook November 15 to reassure fans. He stressed that the house and museum will remain open through this holiday season, that all booked overnight stays will be honored and that because the 3159 West 11th Street site was recently designated as a Cleveland Landmark, nothing can be changed without city approval in future.
“I am selling because it is simply time for me to move on to a new adventure in life after 20 years in this endeavor,” Jones explained. “It has been an honor to be the steward of such an amazing piece of Americana.”
“All founders need to eventually move on so that their creation can reach its full potential,” he added. “There are so many more great opportunities to make A Christmas Story House and Museum an even greater experience for everyone.”
The for-sale sign went up Monday November 14. Fans of the movie will know that while exteriors doubled for the movie’s Indiana home storyline, many interior scenes were shot in Canada.
Potential buyers are being asked by the real estate company to submit information about themselves and their background, as well as their finances. Unusually, there is also a third item, essentially, an essay contest, labeled, “A Theme: Why I want to buy A Christmas Story House & Museum.”
The principal home was built way back in 1895.
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