The Story Of The “Up” House…

I am fascinated with the local story here of the up house and I think the reason why is that in this world where everything is thrown away when broken, some things just cannot be bought, no matter the price!

This is the story of Edith Macefield and her tiny house. Her home is located in Ballard Washington.  On the corner between Northwest 46th Street and 15th Avenue, in Ballard, Seattle, wedged between a Trader Joe’s and a LA Fitness, lies a little house. Surrounded by towering concrete walls on three sides, the hundred-year-old house belonged to the late Edith Macefield, a stubborn old woman, who famously turned down $1 million in 2006 refusing to sell her home to make way for a commercial complex. In doing so, she became something of a folk hero in the area. The story is  about this womans desire to stay in her own home, the same home her mother lived and died in and the one she wanted to live and die in. You could not put a price tag on her determination to stay put.

Edith Macefield’s story became well-known after she turned down $1 million from land developers who wanted her tiny home. The two-story, two-bedroom house where she had lived since 1966 has stood for more than 100 years. In 2008, it was assessed at $8,000 with the lot valued at $120,000.

When she didn’t sell, her home became boxed in by construction.

Macefield died in June 2008 and willed the home to Barry Martin, the construction manager who oversaw the development that surrounded her home. The two had become friends during the project.

In 2009, Martin then sold the house to Seattle-based Reach Returns. The company planned to remodel the home but keep the outward appearance identical and elevated the home to the height of the surrounding commercial building.

In the space underneath the home, a two-level open space was supposed to be created that would be open to the public.

According to the county,  Reach Returns owes $200,000 on the property.

It went up for auction March 13. In August, we heard the good news that the “Up House” was going to be preserved thanks to a nonprofit that was willing to take over and move the Ballard home to a new location. The Opal Community Land Trust are the new owners of the structure and their plan is to move the iconic house all the way to Orcas Island where it will be refurbished to its former glory and become affordable housing for some lucky island residents. They said that they still need to raise some money for the move, which they hope to happen in the next 2-3 months, and will announce a crowdfunding campaign soon. Moving older homes to the island is something the trust does often so it looks like Edith’s house will be able to live out the next chapter of its existence in good hands.

In 2009, balloons were tied to the home to promote the Disney movie, “UP,” a movie in which balloons are used to move an elderly man’s home out of the way of encroaching development.

I wanted to share the story with you because I really do find it amazing. We have had it published locally and across the US with the New York Times as well. I hope that you find this story as fascinating as I did.

Enjoy the story-Always stand up for what you believe in and have a blessed day!


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Click HERE For The Seattle Link To This Story….


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