Disney's movie Up is rumored to be based on the real-life story of Edith Masefield, who lived in a modest Seattle home. For sentimental reasons, Edith refused to sell her home to developers, even when offered nearly $1,000,000 despite the home and land's value of $128,000. The construction cheif of the neighboring high-rise, Barry Martin, befriended Masefield upon hearing her story, and cared for her when she was diagnosed with cancer. Upon her death in 2008, Edith left her home to Barry, who published a book ("Under One Roof") on what he had learned from her. The house has since been sold to a local company known for motivational seminars, which plans to elevate the home to the top floor of its office building. Below is Edith's home. Read more of Edith's story.
In Herriman, Utah, the home from Up was recreated by Bangerter Homes with Disney's permission in time for the Salt Lake Parade of Homes this past August. View photos here!
|The House in Up|
|Bangerter Homes' Recreation|