Before our trip to Seattle and Portland we watched an episode of Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV where they featured Cannon Beach. The haystack rocks that were shown on the beach pulled a memory in Andy’s mind as the ending scene of the movie The Goonies. He hopped on Google and sure enough he was right. We did a quick map to see where the beach was. We were happy to see that by taking the scenic route along the coast between Seattle and Portland we would be able to see not only the beach, but also Mikey’s house from The Goonies.
Once we crossed the Astoria-Megler Bridge, we were officially out of Washington and in Oregon. I immediately fell in love with the city. There was a large hillside along the coastline dotted with beautiful historical Victorian homes. It felt somewhat like a throw back into time and oozed with small town charm.
We found a website that had a map with locations from The Goonies movie. We took a look at the different locations and decided that wanted to go to Mikey’s house. We did some additional research to find out where the old creepy restaurant was (aka the Lighthouse Lounge). The Lighthouse Lounge scenes (where they meet the Fratelli’s) were actually filmed in a park near by, but the actual Lighthouse Lounge doesn’t exist. It was built by the film crew for the movie and then removed. Anyway, we parked down the street and headed up to The Goonies house on foot. We had stopped by a gas station on the way into Astoria to buy two Baby Ruth bars as props for our pictures in front of the house. It was somewhat awkward when we first got to the house as the owner was out cooking something on the grill. He didn’t pay much attention to us as I’m sure that they realized random people taking pictures outside of their house would be a daily occurrence when the bought the place. They also had a tip box of sorts outside the house to help with the upkeep of the home. I imagine that they just use it as a way to get additional money which is actually pretty smart.
The view from The Goonies house and many other homes in the Astoria area are beautiful. The whole town is essentially on a hill so there are many spots around town that have water views. After doing a quick check on Trulia, we noticed that the home prices were extremely reasonable. You can get a waterview historical home for $250,000-$300,000.
Our biggest regret was that we didn’t allow enough time to explore the city. We were headed to Cannon Beach afterwards to check out the haystack rocks and capture the sunset. We absolutely want to return and spend a few days in the town.
Goonies House Address
368 38th Street
Astoria, OR 97103