What Does Edith Macefield's House Look Like Today?
January 19, 2024
Edith Macefield was born on August 21, 1921 in North Bend, OR. She joined the military at a very young age, pretending to be 18, and was sent overseas to England. It was during this time that she learned French and German. When officials discovered she was not yet 18 she was disqualified, but stayed in Europe to care for war orphans. She eventually moved back home to care for her mother, and took a job at Washington Dental Service. Why is Edith Macefield known famously for her house?
In 2006, Edith gained national attention for refusing to sell her home and land to Clark Design Group LLC. The development group had plans to build Ballard Blocks shopping center, and even offered Edith $1 million, which she turned down. In return, a five-story building was built around her home. Her story, and home, was the inspiration behind the Pixar movie, Up.
During the real estate holdout, she befriended Barry Martin, the building's construction superintendent. He not only became her friend, but also her caregiver. She passed away on June 15, 2008. Having outlived her three husbands, and sadly, her son who passed away at 13 years old, Edith willed her home and land to Barry. She was able to pass away in her home, as she always wanted to. In the video below you can get a look inside the home, from Barry himself. As well as a glimpse of sassy Edith.
What happened to the home?
In 2009 Barry sold the house to real estate investor Greg Pinnero for $310,000. Greg intended to turn the home into his real estate office, however failing to pay back taxes on the house, it went into foreclosure in 2015. It was last sold on March 18, 2015 for $216,356. According to Zillow, the home, built in 1900, is worth an estimated $496,900. Featuring two bedrooms and one bathroom, with just over 1,000 sq ft of space.
I love that Edith stuck to her guns and remained in her home for the rest of her life, like she intended. If you enjoyed hearing about Edith’s story, and taking a look at her house, take a look at Warren Buffett’s house here.
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