We told you HERE in 2022 that a Thornton Park home that was once used for the hit film Ernest Saves Christmas was approved for demolition by the City of Orlando. That demolition came and went, and a new home built in its place is now hitting the market and asking for a whopping $1,950,000.

This original Frame Vernacular home (pictured on the left of the slider above) was built in 1918 and occupied by a J.M. Kearns until 1924. It was featured in the 1988 family film and then fell into disrepair in the years to follow. The current owner Rob Nunziata purchased the property in 2020 for $320,000 according to the Orange County Property Appraiser and was denied a number of requests for a demolition permit to develop the parcel over the next two years before ultimately succeeding when the Historic Preservation Board agreed it had degraded too much to be saved.

A new four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home has been built on the lot by E2 Homes, with the address 114 N. Hyer Avenue [GMap] sporting a bevy of modern amenities like wire-brushed white oak flooring, a glass-floored powder room, a built-in Smart WiFi oven, a microwave in a drawer, and custom everything. All a stone’s throw away from Thornton Park hot spots like Burton’s Bar, The Veranda, and Graffiti Junktion.

Click HERE for the Zillow listing for a complete set of photos of the property and interiors, including the new garage apartment.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of Bungalower.com

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  1. We toured it over the weekend. It’s absolutely amazing & has a source for rental income with the beautiful one-bedroom apartment over the garage.