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The house featured in 1985’s The Goonies has been closed off to the public due to massive waves of messy, inconsiderate tourists.
Fans of the cult hit best remember the property as the house where Chunk (played by Jeff Cohen) was forced to do the “truffle shuffle” before coming inside.
The Goonies home, located in Astoria, Oregon, has become a popular tourist destination since its appearance in the film and attracted nearly 1,500 visitors daily before its owner, Sandi Preston, decided to cover the entire house with blue tarps, effectively blocking it from public view.
According to Mashable, Preston had moved in to the house back in 2001 and welcomed visitors for years. The owner made the recent decision to block off the property after beer bottles and cigarette butts were found littered around the area and dogs were discovered urinating on the lawn.
“Though I enjoy meeting new people, it’s become very difficult to live here,” Preston told the Gazette Extra in May. “People walk up the driveway and stand in the middle of the access road or driveway and refuse to move when a resident needs to drive up or down.”
A sign in front of the property now 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) sees 1,000+ people every day. Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not.”
“Most are kind, fun and welcome, but many are not,” the sign adds.
Visitors were less than enthused to hear that the property had been closed off. “She should realize that there is a following for this movie and that people really want to see this house,” one visitor told local NBC affiliate KGW.
Another told the station, “It’s a bummer as someone who just wanted to come see a piece of childhood and something you think you’re a part of.”
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