Would you sell your old and tiny house for a million dollars? In 2006, Edith Macefield of Seattle turned down such an offer, paving the way for her home to become the inspiration for Disney/Pixar’s hit movie, ‘Up’. The 84-year old woman made headlines when she refuse to sell her property to developers, forcing them to snake their shopping mall around it.
The scene, a quaint house surrounded by construction and development, looks awfully familiar to the one in the movie – it even has the balloons, to boot!
But there’s a plot twist! Macefield passed away in 2008, but not before passing the home on to Barry Martin, the construction chief of the surrounding mall development. Turns out, Martin became dear friends with the stubborn homeowner, even taking care of her after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He then sold the house to a real estate coaching, who in turn has renovated it good as new. There are also plans to elevate the house and create a public square below it in memory of Edith.
Now, all we need is a fat little boy scout and we’re all set!
Via My Modern Met