84-Year-Old Refused Million Dollar Offer, Forced Shopping Mall To Build Around Her House Instead

Edith Macefield considered her home in Seattle, Washington priceless. After all, she refused million dollar offers for her property back in 2006.

Developers planning to construct a shopping mall in the Ballard neighborhood offered Edith the seemingly impossible to deny dollar amount, but she refused the million dollar offer because she did not want to uproot and relocate.

The shopping mall was still constructed, but carefully so without disrupting Edith’s home or small yard.

Edith’s resilience against corporate dominance quickly turned her house into a symbol of inspiration.

So much so, Pixar’s film “Up” is modeled after Macefield’s home.

Sadly, the inspirational Edith Macefield passed away in 2008 at 87-years-old, but she had one more surprise up her sleeve.

Edith left the house to Barry Martin, a construction chief at an adjacent building site.

After Edith was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer Martin helped her out by driving her to doctor appointments and looking after her.

Edith was so grateful for his friendship and kindness that she left her now famous home in his name.


Mr. Martin originally said he planed to turn her home into a memorial, but unfortunately he never followed through with those plans.

Mr. Martin sold the home to a real estate coaching firm known as Reach Returns, now known as Cor Company.

Reach Returns fixed the walls and replaced the windows, and collected a lot of investor money under the premise they would lift the house 30-feet up in the air.

The few restorations Reach Returns actually completed abruptly came to a halt, the scheme collapsed and a lot of investors watched their money fly up, up and away.


The lenders gained possession of the house through foreclosure and it was listed for sale by auction in March 2015.

The “Up” house never sold because the $170,000 price tag paled in comparison to the $300,000 owed in lien taxes.

Since then, the house has been re-listed without any tax lien and is currently available to the highest bidder.


The adorable little house with yard in tact is literally tucked between towering corporate buildings.

Often adorned with balloons, the famous house will likely never earn a one million dollar offer again, not that this fact would have stopped the inspirational Edith Macefield from refusing the offer back in 2006.

Interested in owning the awesome little house, or just wondering what it looks like inside?

Here is a video of what the house that inspired “Up” currently looks like:

Photo Credit: http://inhabitat.com