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Utah’s Disney/Pixar fans won’t have to drive all the way to California this summer to get a piece of Disney magic. They’ll just have to drive to Herriman.
Carl, Russell and the house from Disney/Pixar’s “Up” are coming to the Herriman Towne Center development in the 2011 Parade of Homes. Bangerter Homes is building a replica of the cartoon creation, complete with balloons.
“I was just watching the movie, and thought, ‘We build houses kind of like that, ’” said Blair Bangerter, one of three brothers in the custom-home building company.
The brothers sought the blessing of Disney Entertainment Group before proceeding, and received the company’s approval to do some Walt Disney-style “imagineering” of their own.
The outside of the house is painted in vibrant sherbet shades, and comes complete with Carl and Ellie’s hand-printed mailbox and custom-made garden hose reel. Builders had to make some small modifications, Bangerter explained, as the laws of physics don’t apply to cartoon buildings. The chimney and fireplace have been tweaked in the real version so they actually match up, and the house is a narrow rectangle, rather than a square. With an upper story and a finished basement, it comes in at a roomy 2,800 square feet. Asking price is expected to be $399,000.
The details continue inside, with a painting of fictional Paradise Falls over the mantle and a custom-built fireplace. The upstairs nursery has the same mural Ellie paints in the film, and Carl and Ellie’s armchairs have been custom ordered. The house is being built as it appears early in the movie, when the couple first married, Bangerter said.
“If you see it in the movie, you are going to see it in real life here,” said Adam Bangerter.
Only a few rooms are shown in the movie, so builders had to use their own imagination to complete the product. Bangerter figured whoever bought the house would be a movie buff, and designed a home theater downstairs. Two more bedrooms round out the basement — one pays homage to the Disney princesses, while the other is Andy’s room from the “Toy Story” films.
The brothers are still trying to figure out the balloon situation, but hope to have the house decked out, at least on weekends.
“We’ve been experimenting on our office,” said Adam Bangerter. “We’re going to do it somehow.”
Developers are in negotiation to keep the home’s exterior after it is purchased, said Mike Williamson of Momentum Development, which is developing the Towne Center, and are hoping to get a variance on the area’s building covenants. He said the home has already served as a powerful marketing tool, with people in the area coming by to take a peek. Williamson estimates at least 20,000 people will see the home during the Parade.
“It makes people excited about building a new house,” Williamson said.
The project shows the craftsmanship that goes into a home, Blair Bangerter said, and illustrates that the company really can build anything clients dream of. But “mostly,” he said, “we did it just for fun.”
Up, Up and away
Momentum Development will be hosting an “Up” event at dusk on July 16, featuring a screening of the movie in the park across the street from the home, at 13215 S. 5390 West. There will be prizes, including Parade of Homes tickets. Visitors must have Parade tickets to see the inside of the home. The Parade runs July 29 through Aug. 14. For tickets and more information, visit saltlakeparade.com.