Seattle’s UP House
Disney/Pixar fans, rejoice! We have found another real-life Disney/Pixar destination! You may remember when we visited the actual hometown of Lilo and Stitch in Hawaii, but now we have discovered that in Seattle, Washington, you can find a real UP house.
Now, it’s not floating above the ground with balloons, and it’s not perched on the side of a waterfall, but you’ll definitely recognize the scene from the movie.
Remember, in the movie, when developers wanted to buy Carl Fredricksen’s home for their new shopping complex? He refused to sell his home because it was so sentimental to him since he remodeled the home, once their clubhouse, with wife Ellie and filled it with with their love and memories.
Carl even refers to the house as “Ellie”after her passing in the movie. How do you sell something like that, especially knowing it will just be demolished? Well, Edith Macefield felt the exact same way about her home.
The small house in Seattle belonged to Edith Macefield. When she moved into the home in 1952, it was so dear to her that she even named it Whitewood Cottage. How precious is that?! She lived in the home with her mother, who passed away in 1976.
As Seattle grew and changed over the years, Edith Macefield’s neighborhood saw new developments. According to Wikipedia, Edith was offered one million dollars for her home in 2006, but refused to sell, determined to stay in Whitewood Cottage for the rest of her life. That didn’t stop construction on the shopping center. They simply built around her house.
In 2008, Edith passed away from pancreatic cancer, in her own home just as she wanted. I assumed that Edith’s story was part of the inspiration for the movie UP, but according to Wikipedia, production began on the movie in 2004, two years before Edith’s refusal to sell. Crazy coincidence, or were the filmmakers inspired at a later date?
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Edith became a local hero for not selling her home, but that story may not be her most interesting! As it turns out, she has quite a history! If you’d like to read more about Edith’s background (including possibly serving in the military, possibly being married three times, and possibly knowing tons of celebrities), read the Edith Macefield article on Wikipedia or this article from the Seattle Times.
What lesson did you take away from Edith’s story? Would you have sold your home for one million dollars? Are there any other real-life Disney places that you’ve visited? Let us know in the comments below!
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