Edith Macefield’s house, the one that drew worldwide attention and inspired the animated movie UP!, is for sale. The sale is likely the last chance to save the house from being swallowed up by the commercial complex that surrounds it.
Edith Macefield made headlines around the world for refusing to sell her small and unassuming house in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood to encroaching developers, declining in no uncertain terms their offer of $1,000,000. Developers went ahead and built Ballard Blocks, an imposing retail and office complex, around Edith’s house, surrounding it with towering, windowless cement walls. By standing up for herself and refusing to bow to pressure, Edith became an international folk hero.
Edith died at her home in 2008. She willed the house to her friend Barry Martin. The following year Martin sold the house to a self-described real estate coach who concocted a plan to raise the house as much as sixty five feet and turn it into a retreat, office and monument. The scheme collapsed, investors lost money, and the house was boarded up. As the years have passed it has looked increasingly forlorn.