The season of spooky has arrived, and that’s certainly proven in the nation’s real estate listings. These houses aren’t haunted, but they sure look a little bit spooky.
First, a Queen Anne Victorian in Connecticut, listed for $315,000. The write up posted to Estately proclaims the home was “at one time one of the most prestigious homes in the valley, but now it “needs work!” This theme runs through many of these listings: once grand abodes, now shambolic “fixer-uppers.”
Next we have a the historic Fitzgerald House in Los Angeles, a sprawling 1906 affair decaying over what is now three parcels for sale at $1.495 million.
Per the Estately listing, this home was built “by famed architect J.C. Newsome. Designated as City Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument # 258. This mansion has a lovely and storied history once described as the ‘Finest Mansion in All of Los Angeles.’” As with the Connecticut Queen Anne above, buyers are assured of “INCREDIBLE Potential,” but also urged to “consult with a historic preservation architect” as the estate needs major restoration. From the looks of it, it may also need an exorcism.
Spookier still, this Civil War-era nine-acre estate in Michigan, yours for $324,900. It’s historic and seemingly stuffed to the gills with chandeliers, organs, creepy paintings of dead people and candles.
Per the official listing, buyers can “take a step back in time, to 1863, during the Civil War, with this Historic Italianate, nine acre estate in Hudson, [featuring] manicured lawn, woods, decorative pond, gazebo and the original two story carriage house. The home has been “placed on the Historic Register by the US Department of Interior; it also received the prestigious 2-11 Hillsdale County Beautification Award by the Hillsdale County Historic Commission.” Even if you have no fear of ghosts, these photos may frighten you.
Next, we travel to forward in time as well as easterly, to land at this home in New Jersey. Bizarrely, though it looks every bit as old and rickety as its peers on this blog, it was built in 1998.
The listing boasts that “This Italianate style of Victorian Architecture is a replica of a historic gem,” situated on 3.6 acres. The photos have that hazy, cloudy look you associate with screen shots stills from Amityville Horror. All of this can be yours for $395,500.
Not creepy enough? How about a stone castle complete with ramshackle barn and abandoned horse stalls? You can get it plus 5 acres of silent, cinematic land in Pennsylvania. The history of this castle is fascinating: According to Estately, it’s officially known as “Rocky Hill Castle.”
This property is in the heart of Historic Chadds Ford Township and is steeped in it’s [SIC] own fascinating history! Not on the historical registry, so no worries about renovations! Current owners have owned the property since 1957…. This home was built by a Philadelphia business owner and was rumored to include about 600 acres. It was a “summer home” at that time, equipped with servant’s quarters on the 3rd floor. In approximately 1912…..the original Victorian style home with wrap around deck was converted to a stone “castle”! [A] 12 bedroom, 3.5 bath mansion….. The 3 story BARN with 5 STALLS is just waiting to be renovated!
Well, the barn does seem to be waiting in the photo… waiting patiently… for…something.…
Which ones scare you the most, readers? But beware: This is just a teaser. We’ll be back Thursday to post what we think is the spookiest home for sale in the country. In the meantime, Happy Halloween season!
Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert