An Iconic Ohio Home Is Up for Grabs

Cleveland house used in 'A Christmas Story,' plus a museum and gift shop, has been listed
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2022 10:19 AM CST
A Christmas Story House Up for Sale
This Dec. 15, 2008, file photo shows the house, left, where the 1983 movie "A Christmas Story" was filmed in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland.   (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

You could spend Christmas—and every other day of the year—in the house made famous by A Christmas Story. The century-old home in Cleveland, used to house the family of Ralphie Parker in the 1983 film, is up for sale as part of a listing that includes a museum, gift shop, and the neighboring house that served as the home of the Bumpus family, per WOIO and Yahoo. In all, the listing includes five buildings on seven lots totaling 1.3 acres. There's even a leg lamp. Built in 1895, the Christmas Story house was last purchased in a December 2004 eBay auction by superfan Brian Jones, who transformed it into a major tourist attraction.

No asking price has been made available and interested parties will have competition. A Christmas Story Family, a fan-focused group made up of actors from the film, has expressed interest in the purchase. "We're trying to work out the numbers to make it happen," spokesperson Paul Bachmann tells WOIO, adding the group would keep the property as it is. "A lot of people have been reaching out to us offering to help make this a reality," the group adds in a Facebook post. "We are working on the details and setting up the proper channels to make this happen."

More than a million people have visited the site since public tours began in November 2006, per WOIO. The listing notes about 75,000 people visit the house each year, and many more visit the gift shop across the street. Ohio-based commercial real estate firm Hoff & Leigh is asking anyone interested in the purchase to assert their plans for the space. The sale coincides with the release of the long-awaited sequel, A Christmas Story Christmas, which also highlights the Ohio home. The film, premiering Thursday on HBO Max, finds Ralphie Parker, now an adult, under pressure to deliver an incredible holiday season to his family following the death of his father. (More real estate stories.)

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