Little Seattle house that $1 million couldn’t buy reportedly has new signed offer

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SEATTLE (AP) — The story of the little house that $1 million couldn’t buy appears about to have a new chapter.

Seattlepi.com reports (http://is.gd/o9i1Oc ) real estate broker Paul Thomas said Tuesday in a statement that the buyer with the best offer on Edith Macefield’s circa-1900 house in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood has signed a purchase agreement and has until late May to close.

Details are confidential for now.

Thomas says a YouTube virtual tour of the house attracted more than 700,000 views since March 29. He reportedly got 38 offers in a three-week listing period. He says he scored them for their proposed memorial to Macefield, terms and dollar value.

She stood her ground in 2007 while developers built a commercial complex around her property, rejecting $1 million because she wanted to stay in her home.

Construction superintendent Barry Martin befriended Macefield, who willed her house to him before she died in 2008 at age 86.

He sold the property in 2009 and it eventually went into foreclosure. The house went on the auction block in March but drew no bids and was listed on the open market.

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