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84-Year-Old Refused Million Dollars Offer, Forced Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House


Edith Macefield considered her home in Seattle, Washington priceless. After all, she refused million dollar offers for her property back in 2006. Developers planning to construct a shopping mall in the Ballard neighborhood offered Edith the seemingly impossible to deny dollar amount, but she refused the million dollar offer because she did not want to uproot and relocate.


The shopping mall was still constructed, but carefully so without disrupting Edith’s home or small yard. Edith’s resistance to corporate dominance quickly turned her home into a symbol of inspiration. Pixar’s film “Up” talks a lot about Macefield’s house.

Sadly, the inspirational Edith Macefield passed away in 2008 at 87-years-old, but she had one more surprise up her sleeve. Edith left the house to Barry Martin, responsible for the construction on a nearby site.

After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Martin helped her by bringing her to her medical appointments and taking care of her. Edith was so grateful for his friendship and kindness that she left her now-famous home in his name.



Mr. Martin first said that he intended to make his house a memorial, but unfortunately, he never did. Mr. Martin sold the home to a real estate coaching firm known as Reach Returns, now known as Cor Company.


Reach Returns fixed the walls and replaced the windows, and collected a lot of investor money under the premise they would lift the house 30-feet up in the air. The few restored Reach Returns, which were shut down suddenly, came to a standstill, the system collapsed and many investors saw their money go up.



The lenders gained possession of the house through foreclosure and it was listed for sale by auction in March 2015. The “Up” house never sold because the $170,000 price tag paled in comparison to the $300,000 owed in lien taxes. Since then, the house has been listed again on the list without tax lien and is currently available for the highest bidder.



The adorable little house with a yard in tact is literally tucked between towering corporate buildings. The famous house is often adorned with balloons and will probably never make a bid of a million dollars, but not so inspiring Edith Macefield in 2006 would not have refused this offer.

Interested in owning the awesome little house, or just wondering what it looks like inside? Here is a video of what the house that inspired “Up” currently looks like: