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Incredulous outcries of “Come on…” are likely to be heard from the driveway of a house in Astoria, Oregon that was featured in the 1985 cult classic “The Goonies.” The owners of the Victorian-style house have closed the property to visitors and covered the façade in blue tarps. Nearly 1,500 fans would make their pilgrimage to the fictional Walsh residence each day, leaving behind garbage and allowing their pets to urinate on the lawn.
The owner moved into the house over a decade ago and would occasionally treat visitors to a tour of the property. However, when images of the home began to spread on social media, the crowds became overwhelming.
A handwritten sign now posted at the base of the hill reads, “Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love. Then the city of Astoria encourages 100,000’s of people to come and stand in front and view it. This driveway (maintained by homeowners) see’s [sic] 1,000+ people everyday. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.”
The owner told KGW, a Portland news outlet, that she has no plans to reopen the house to fans of the film. While there will be no more truffle shuffling on the lawn of the house, Astoria did celebrate the 30th anniversary of “The Goonies” with a four day event in June that featured screenings of the film, appearances by some of the cast members and a 5K road race.