CLEVELAND (WJW) — One of Cleveland’s most iconic homes is listed for sale, leaving many to wonder what the future holds for the “A Christmas Story” house. The listing for Ralphie’s home from the 1983 film was posted on the museum and landmark’s Facebook early Monday morning.
According to the listing, “The House, built in 1895, was purchased on eBay in December 2004 and required a massive renovation to restore it to its original movie splendor. The House started public tours on November 25, 2006, and since has welcomed over a million guests and counting.”
So, why are the owners selling and what does the future hold for the home? Chad Whitmer, with Hoff & Leigh Commercial Real Estate, called it “just the right time.”
“They’ve done a lot of work here. They’ve turned this into something special,” he said. “It’s a family that owns it, and they’re just looking for new opportunities to move on, and they’re hoping somebody comes along, takes this, creates it, and turns it into something even more special and makes it an even greater destination for people visiting Cleveland.”
According to the listing, the sale includes more than just the home. “There is a whole campus here. There’s the gift shop, the museum, Bumpus’ house, some parking lots,” said Whitner.
There is no asking price listed, but the listing company says it expects “a high level of interest” and “significant” offers. The listing comes just days before HBO Max releases a sequel to the film.