The Real-Life Story That Inspired “Up” Is Even More Heart-Wrenching Than The Movie


If there is one place in this world where we should feel comfortable, it is in our home. How far would you go, however, to save it?


When Edith Macefield from Seattle, Washington looked at her home, she saw memories and everything good about life. It may not have been a priceless home but the memories on the inside could not be measured with money. Edith’s love for her home was put to the test when a developer decided to make her an offer.

Numerous offers came her way because her home was situated in the spot where a new shopping mall was to be located. All of her neighbors’ homes were already sold but Edith was holding out.

She wasn’t holding out for money, however, she was holding out because she had no desire to leave her home. Even after receiving an offer for $1 million in 2006, she stood by her guns.

Edith was asked why she didn’t want to leave and her answer was simple. She just didn’t want to relocate. Let’s face it, it can be a hassle to pack up and move and it is something that very few people enjoy doing. You can see why she would feel like sticking it out in her home.

Many people were inspired by Edith’s love of her home. In a city that was constantly changing, the home was symbolic of how many people felt.

Even popular culture was affected by her desire to keep her home. The Pixar movie ‘Up’ has a home that is modeled after Edith’s house. You can tell why this story is so popular because even the movie brings out all of the emotions in us.

Unfortunately, Edith died at 87 years old. She had lived a long life and it was time for her to leave her home.

Edith was not close minded when it came to negotiations. She welcomed those negotiations and even developed a relationship with the construction superintendent, Barry Martin.

After she died in 2008, she left the home to Barry. You might be surprised with her decision, considering how much effort she put forth in keeping the developers from getting their hands on it while she was alive. Edith was a reasonable person, and the decision is not really all that difficult to understand.

According to Barry, her good friend, she was only interested in keeping the house while she was still living. Once she was gone, she didn’t really care what happened to the house. She didn’t mind having the land developed, she just didn’t want it to happen while she was alive.

The house still stands today and it has a giant shopping mall surrounding it. It’s a rather strange site and if you didn’t realize what was going on behind the scenes, you might wonder if it was included in the construction process.

The house may be boarded-up but it may not always stay that way. Ballard Blocks, the developers for the land have tried to honor the home and everything that it stands for. The community is very happy for their decision.

At one time, the community thought that they would float the house to an island on a barge but it never happened. They also tried to purchase the home through a land trust but that also fell short of the mark.

Now that the developer has control of the properties, nobody knows for sure what will be done with it. The planners are hinting, however, that the property may still be used for the surrounding development.

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 a ‘No Demolition Day’ was scheduled. People from around the community came to tie a balloon to the fence and it was a success. The development company is now thinking more about the future of the property.

Sometimes, the most amazing stories come out of unexpected places. The determination of one woman to keep her home amidst a developing landscape still provides us with inspiration that there is more to life than money.



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