Edith Refused $1 Million For Her Tiny Home in Seattle.

“In the corner between Northwest 46th Street and 15th Avenue, in Ballard, Seattle, wedged between a Trader Joe’s and an LA Fitness, lies a little cottage. Surrounded by towering concrete walls on three sides, the hundred-year-old house belonged to 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 cheered by Ballard residents who were tired of watching the blue-collar neighborhood disappear under condominiums and trendy restaurants. The publicity surrounding her case was so widespread that it forced the developers to build the five-storey building around her 108-year-old farmhouse. In 2009, Macefield’s iconic house became inspiration for the 2009 Pixar movie ‘Up’.…”

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5 Responses to Edith Refused $1 Million For Her Tiny Home in Seattle.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Virginia Lee Burton (author of Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel) wrote a wonderful picture book in 1943 called "the Little House" about a tiny house when a city grows up around it. This really reminds me of those pictures.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I find it inspiring that "one stubborn old woman" managed to persevere. too often folks are mowed down, and end up the other side sort of dazed and fatigued.

    it is hopeful sign for society.

    maybe others might manage it too… both with this kind of land grab, and with the great proliferation of "rules"/"edicts"/"laws", always popping up.

  3. Thank you Anonymous #1. Was thinking the exact same thing about the book and disney cartoon!

  4. Good for her! When someone can say no to the money, amazing things can happen. What a grand dame she must have been, we need more in her tribe (and ditto on the Little House story memory; I wonder if she had a copy).

  5. Anonymous says:

    Virginia Lee Burton's book sprang straight to my mind as well! Great story.

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