House of Edith That Might Have Inspired Pixar’s UP



House of Edith That Might Have Inspired Pixar’s UP

If you ever visit a little town name Ballard in Seattle, USA.   There is a tiny house squeezed in a small corner of a huge shopping mall.  There is a true story behind it, and rumor has it, that this house was the inspiration that sparked the making of Pixar’s adorable movie UP.   Edith Macefield, the owner of this tiny house, at age 84, was offered 1 million USD to sell the house.  She graciously and righteously refused.

The reason is simple, she stated ” Where would I go? I don’t have any family and this is my home. My mother died here, on this very couch. I came back to America from England to take care of her. She made me promise I would let her die at home and not in some facility, and I kept that promise. And this is where I want to die. Right in my own home. On this couch. ”  Granted!  No one shall have the right to force anyone to leave their legal home.   Good for Edith standing up for her right and not to be bought with money.

The builder was forced to restructure the mall and build it around Edith’s house.  A really cute and side story, The construction chief, Barry Martin had formed a lasting friendship with Edith, he was the one that took her to hospital and discovered she had cancer, he was the one that picked up grocery and medications for her when no one is around.

When Edith passed away at 87, 3 years after her refusal to sell the house.  They only found out Edith had will her house to Barry. Barry didn’t sell the house, the house had became a local spot.  Inspiring locals to get its tattoo and even a music festival to celebrate Edith’s defense of her right.  I really enjoy this heartwarming story, and seems like I am not the only one.




Barry and Edith


Locals getting tattoos of the house


Macefield Music Festival inspired by Edith and her house




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