Attention would-be Truffle Shufflers: Get off my lawn!
That's the sentiment being expressed by the owner of 368 38th Street in Astoria, Oregon — otherwise known as "The Goonies" house. The two-story home has been a fixture of the cinema tourism circuit ever since it first appeared in the Steven Spielberg-directed classic more than 30 years ago. Instead of waning, interest has spiked — with an estimated 1,500 gawkers lining up to take a look every day.
As you can imagine, that's led to some people not being as respectful to the property as the owners would like. Beer bottles, cigarette butts and other trash are just some of the complaints — as well as continued maintenance for a driveway that endures tens of thousands of people every year. This week, the owners decided enough was enough — with both a sign and giant blue tarp covering the street-facing facade to prevent people from taking an interest.
Yes, it's gotten that bad.
"Imagine that you buy a house, fix it up, spend money, time and love," a sign out front now reads. "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.”
Others in town feel their pain; with many neighbors forced to place their own signs discouraging visitors from illegally parking in front of their homes for access.
So what's next? Will the city of Astoria, which benefits greatly from the tourism, step in to assist the owners with the home? How about Warner Bros? As someone who loves "The Goonies," I'd love to see the home preserved for tours and the like. Until then, we'll just have to settle for re-watching the Truffle Shuffle and dreaming of a sequel.