The Goonies’ home in Astoria is being sold to a fan who wants to protect the teacher

you guys! The prospective new owner of a Victorian-era home in Astoria, known as “The Goonies” home, is a fan of the classic about friendships and treasure hunts, and promises to preserve and protect this landmark, says listing agent Jordan Miller of John L. Scott Realty.

The deal is expected to close in mid-January, Miller says, and the new owner, a self-described serial entrepreneur, will announce his name at that time.

The buyer teases in a Q&A to “fanatic idiots” that he wants to help them rebuild the tool that opens the front gate.

“Of course, no one gets in unless they mix truffles,” he joked in his written statement.

The restored private residence at 368 38th Street was listed for sale at $1.65 million on November 17. The offer was accepted six days later, according to a public record.

“After word got out that the property was for sale, we received several offers at the asking price and higher, and we have a full backup offer,” says Miller.

Seller Sandy Preston passes on movie memorabilia she’s collected or acquired, Miller says, and some of the furniture in the home, which has been restored to the original 1896 style, may also be sold to the buyer.

Miller also received an offer on the house next door, at 384 38th Ave. , which was for sale at $550,000 by Preston’s daughter. The 1885 house may have been owned by a childhood friend of the Goonies’ new owner.

Miller says the prospective new owner first saw “The Goonies” when it was released in 1985 with his mother, brother, sister and friend, Michael (“Mikey”).

He considers himself a “Goonie”, which he defines as friends stuck together.

“My childhood friendships were, and continue to be, instrumental to my development and success,” he told Miller. “Buying this home is a huge step to show that your dreams can become reality with the right friends around you. You don’t have to be rich to make your dreams come true, but you do need a strong support group, honesty, and a desire for adventure.”

He remembers his first reaction to the movie that reinforced his enduring beliefs that a child’s imagination is limitless, adventure should be embraced and you can’t predict where chance will lead you.

He sees buying the storied property as a way to recapture his childhood, and Astoria is “enchanting with its near-daily haze that can transform into either clear sunshine or a relaxing day on the coast.”

As the next homeowner of “The Goonies”, he says he’s very excited to “duh! Live at the Goon Docks”.

Willy’s treasure hunt in The Goonies.Warner Bros.

Since the adventure comic was released in 1985, groups of Goonies have made pilgrimages to Astoria, in the northwest edge of Oregon, converging at 368 38th Street to get a glimpse of the old forbidden house that was saved by the film’s unlikely young heroes.

Imaginary brothers Brand Walsh (played by Josh Brolin) and Mickey Walsh (Sean Astin) and their misfit friends from the wrong side of the tracks (“Goon Docks”) battle to keep the brothers’ family home from developers.

Real-life homeowner Sandy Preston, who purchased the property in 2001, initially let fans inside before renovating the two-story home.

Most visitors were respectful, she said, but sometimes souvenir seekers would remove pieces of wallpaper near the bunk beds. The doors to the home, built in 1896, were then closed except for Goonies Day tours, which were organized to celebrate the movie’s anniversary.

Preston says she wants to downsize the two-story, 2,336-square-foot home.

There’s also a completed attic and unfinished basement where Steven Spielberg, who wrote the story “The Goonies” that was made into a screenplay by Chris Columbus, had an office during filming. Miller says he met director Richard Donner.

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