A neighbor’s banner reads: “Goonies not welcome.” The new owner’s banner says they are. And a third neighbor’s banner calls the first neighbor “Karen”.
ASTORIA, Ore. — Reaction to Behman Zakeri’s purchase of the iconic Astoria home from the beloved 1985 movie “The Goonies” has been overwhelmingly positive, especially since the new owner of the 126-year-old home has made it clear he’s excited to welcome fans of the film who want to see the home.
Zakeri, a Kansas City entrepreneur who bought the house in December 2022 for $1.65 million, is a big fan of the movie. He said he has seen it more than 100 times. Buying the house was a dream come true for him.
“Somebody had to buy it, preserve it, keep it so the Goonies can continue to come and visit,” he said.
One person is clearly unhappy about it, though, and they’ve plastered their displeasure all over the front of their house.
A neighbor who lives two houses down from the Goonies house hung a large banner on their house that read “GOONIES NOT WELCOME,” in response to the large amount of traffic it attracts to the small private neighborhood.
It’s in stark contrast to Zakeri’s open arms. He placed a banner on the house in response that read, “HEY GUYS! GOONIES WELCOME!”
However, the neighbor spat did not end with the two. A friend of the new owner who bought the house between the Goonies house and the other neighbor’s house also hung a giant banner from their home. That you have a huge black arrow pointing to “Goonies not welcome” the neighbor’s home, which says “ignore KAREN.”
“Karen” is a slang term used to describe someone who acts entitled or makes unreasonable demands. Whether that description applies to the neighbor or not is up to personal interpretation.
In 2015, the film’s 30th anniversary brought as many as 1,500 visitors a day to the house, prompting the home’s former owner to temporarily cover the house in tarps and post “no trespassing” signs. She later reopened the house to the public.
Zakeri said that while he openly welcomes fans of the movie, he hopes those who visit respect the neighborhood.
“Let’s not go into the neighbors’ yard. Let’s not mess with their stuff,” he said. “If they want to come and take selfies, if they want to geocache or whatever and say, ‘I was at the Goonies,’ and make the truffle mix, go right ahead. Just be respectful, like anything else.”