Back in 2009 the Pixar animated movie “Up” became a huge success raking up more than $731 million at the box office. The movie tells the heartwarming story of a widowed man who decided to honor the memory of his beloved late wife in the most sincere and inspiring way. The man’s house in the movie was featured standing strong beneath the shadows of huge skyscrapers. The truth is the house in the animated movie was actually based on the real awe-inspiring story of Edith Macefield and her home.
Edith was a 86-year-old woman with strong character who became famous in 2006 after refusing to sell her small farmhouse for $1 million to a development complex. Her home is located in the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle where it remains even today. The old lady wouldn’t sell her house because it was the most important, precious and even sacred thing in her life. It was the house she grew up in as well as the place where her mother passed away. Edith Macefield would never want to exchange her life’s memories for cash she had no use of. Her story became part of the local folklore and many people are truly touched by the woman’s resilience to hold for what’s most dear no matter what. Edith Macefield passed away in 2009.