Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Christmas pop culture? How about the most famous house in holiday movie history? Well, now’s your chance, ‘cause the house from A Christmas Story is now for sale. The famous Parker house, located at 3159 W. 11th St. in Cleveland, OH was built in the late 19th century. It has been restored to the exact same condition it was during filming, right down to the yellow and green paint. There is no listing price as of now, and that’s for a very good reason.
While most would automatically sell a house to the highest bidder, current owner Brian Jones (47) won’t give this house to just anyone. After all, this isn’t just a house — it’s a full-blown tourist attraction. We actually named it a top Christmas Destination just a few months ago.
The 1.3-acre property also features a museum with original costumes, props, and behind the scenes photos, including an authentic Red Ryder BB Gun prop. Guests can visit the on-site gift shop and purchase their very own leg lamp or pink bunny suit. The site even includes the Bumpus’ home right next door, minus the “785 smelly hound dogs.”
If anyone deserves this location, it’s someone who truly loves the movie and will go to great lengths to care for and maintain every square inch of it.
"I’m looking for the right buyer,” Jones recently told WKYC of Cleveland. “It’s something you not only own but that you have to take care of."
A Christmas Story has been Jones’ favorite movie ever since childhood. When he couldn’t meet the requirements for becoming a Navy pilot, his parents cheered him up with a specially-made gift — the infamous leg lamp in a wooden crate labeled “FRAGILE.” This led to him starting a successful leg lamp recreation business in the early 2000s.
After being tipped off by his wife, Jones jumped at the chance to buy the Christmas Story property in 2004. Following a two-year restoration, he opened it to the public on Thanksgiving weekend of 2006. And with his care and dedication, this location has become one of the top five attractions in Cleveland with 75,000 visitors every year. As an added bonus, he even offers overnight stays during the holiday season to the most diehard fans out there.
While Jones hasn’t given an explanation for why he’s selling the house, we at the Elf Squad hope he continues to stay involved in some way. We also look forward to seeing who finally gets this wonderful piece of cinematic history and how the expand on the already thrilling campus. To learn more about the sale, or plan a trip of your own, visit the Official Christmas Story House website.
As for the movie, you can stream A Christmas Story and its brand-new sequel, A Christmas Story Christmas, on HBO Max.