Haunted Homes for Sale 2021

The annual guest post by Top Ten Real Estate

Cornfields are ready for harvest, cheerful orange pumpkins are peeking out from their withering vines, and broomsticks are fast gaining in seasonal popularity as a fuel-free mode of transportation.

As the great Hallowed Eve gets closer, one’s lifetime of accumulated ghost stories begin to surface and take on a life of their own. But it could be a lot scarier if living in one of these fascinating houses! Would you live in a haunted home?

The Spectacular Spooky Home of Robbie Williams!

Thousand-year-old houses with good bones are much admired by manor hunters in the 21st century, who are so taken with the prestige of owning such an impressive pile, they fail to consider if any spirits are still sticking around.  Such was likely the case with British-musician Robbie Williams and his American actress-wife, Ayda, who purchased the stunning Compton Bassett House in Wiltshire, England on 72 acres in 2009 for just over $11 million, where their children could run free over the land and where they could enjoy entertaining and daily living away from prying eyes.  Even though the couple bought it from the renowned architect-and-designer Sir Norman Foster, who had already applied his magic, they had it back on the market in 2010.  Why so soon?  Because it felt spooky.  This overwhelmingly gorgeous mansion with every conceivable amenity felt spooky.  However, having been around since King Canute was ravishing England and northern Europe, its walls, no matter how lavish today, must be oozing some pretty wild history.  Early on, Robbie zeroed in on high spookiness in his daughter’s bedroom and promptly moved her to another location.  However, one person’s discomfort with the supernatural and hyperactive spirits is another person’s opportunity to capitalize on the situation.  The Williams mansion is currently for sale, priced at $9.2 million, listed with Knight Frank U.K.

Yikes! The Silence of the Lambs Home Is For Rent!

The film that guaranteed a lifetime of nightmares about being skinned and trimmed to make a woman’s suit for Buffalo Bill in the Oscar-winning movie The Silence of the Lambs had many tongue-swallowing scenes inside this Princess Anne home where Buffalo Bill lived in the movie.  Situated on almost two acres in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania and measuring 2,400 square feet with four bedrooms and one bath, it has beautiful craftsmanship throughout the home. An in-ground pool and a vintage caboose used as a pool house are just a few of the happy reasons why the home was worth the $298,500 asking price when it went on the market at Halloween in 2020 and sold just a few months later for $290,000. It is now an Airbnb where an entire family can try to stay all night for $595. 

The Devil’s Visit To Ireland!

It might be the most haunted house in Ireland, and it is for sale. According to legend, the Devil visited the Tottenham Irish mansion in the mid-1700s and left in a ball of flame shooting up through the ceiling. But did the devil really leave the 14th-century mansion? According to the story, a dark and handsome stranger was welcomed to the home with Irish hospitality. Everyone was having a good time until Lady Anne Tottenheim noticed that the handsome stranger had cloven hoofs instead of feet, which was when the Devil quickly left the home in a ball of flames. Lady Anne never recovered and spent the rest of her life alone and mad in the vast mansion. Some say her ghost still haunts the home. Built around 1350, the home includes 22 bedrooms on 63 acres and is for sale at $2 million. It still has the actual door that the devil entered through in the 1700s.

L.A.’s Black Dahlia Murder House!

Tales of terror and tragedy rarely last as long as one of the most notorious Hollywood mysteries of the last century: The Black Dahlia Murders. Rumors still abound about the home’s previous owner, Los Angeles Doctor George Hodel, and his involvement in the brutal killing, mutilation and dismemberment of Elizabeth Short. Elizabeth was sliced in half at her waist and all the blood drained from her body. It looked like the work of a skilled surgeon.  The house, an unusual piece of architecture crafted by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, looks like it is cut straight out of an Indiana Jones movie. While a $2 million renovation has brought the house back to its original splendor, one can still feel that they should be running for their life through the house while being chased by Dr. Hodel. 

The house was on the market in 2018 at $4.7 million and has been the backdrop for multiple Hollywood movies, TV shows such as Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Americaand even an American Express commercial.  It was purchased by a man whose business is selling cannabis-infused pet products.

The Gardette-LePretre Haunted Mansion!

The Gardette-LePretre Mansion, or more locally referred to as the Sultan’s House, has been photographed and heralded in articles from the time it was built in the 1830s. Having hosted the cream of New Orleans society from the beginning of its rich history, the home comes with a scary story!  One morning as neighbors were walking by the Sultan House, they saw blood trickling from under the front door. The police were notified and had to break into the house only to find that all inhabitants had been murdered with swords or axes and the Sultan was found brutalized and buried alive in the backyard. It was always felt that the murders were executed by his brother, the real Sultan, as retribution for the theft of his fortune and many of his wives. How much is local lore and how much is true, we will never know for sure. This is, after all, New Orleans.

Only a block from Bourbon Street, the French Quarter-style home with nine bedrooms and 10 baths most recently was on the market at $2.65 million and sold in 2013 for $2 million.

Colorado Ghost Town!

Tourists once flocked to Uptop, Colorado to ride on the railway, which the railroad company advertised as the “Railroad Above the Clouds.”  Later, lumber companies moved in and in 1930 the Chapel-by-the-Wayside was built for that community.  The railroad brought many tourists through La Veta Pass to Uptop which was a depot at the top of the pass and what was then the highest railroad and depot in the world.  With the building of the depot, merchants moved to the location to cater to rail passengers and for entertainment, they built a large dance-hall saloon. It was a favorite stop for miners, railroad men and lumberjacks. The bar, known for its unique curved bar, served prohibition liquor made in a still behind the building that fueled many a raucous poker game. 

Unfortunately for Uptop, the railroad left in the early 1900s, and in the 1960s the new highway system bypassed the town leaving just a ghost town. Recently restored by two sisters from Boston, the entire town went on the market in 2014 for $2 million including the train depot, dance hall, saloon and chapel.  Still on the market, now priced at $1 million.

The Arizona Boulder People!

During the construction of their new home next to a mysterious pile of ancient rocks in Arizona, a young couple from Washington discovered that they weren’t the first people to live in the boulders. Pottery shards and rock carvings were dated by experts back as far as one thousand years. Then they found something even more astonishing: a Stonehenge-type phenomenon that occurs on both the spring and fall equinoxes. A six-inch-wide beam of light that starts in the glass between two boulders and slowly works its way across the floor and up the wall to a 36” spiral petroglyph. When the sun hits its mark, the stone projections light up like diamonds.  What does it mean? Some people think it is a signal to the space creatures. A light that will guide their spaceships to the Arizona desert. Or, maybe it doesn’t mean anything. Just a freak of nature. Whatever it might be, it started over a thousand years ago when the boulder people first began living there, about the same time that hard-shelled life forms first showed up on earth.

A dream home for archaeologists, historians, artists or mystery lovers, the Boulder House on nine acres with 4,380 square feet, three bedrooms, two baths and a great room with a massive fireplace was recently for sale at $4.2 million.  It was reportedly sold, not long after the listing, for almost $5 million.

Haunted New Orleans Magnolia Mansion!

While most going businesses want to keep their ghosts in the closet so as not to frighten off clientele, the Magnolia Mansion has cleverly built its business around multiple ghosts and wish its ghosts would invite their friends! Here the ghosts are friendly with a sense of humor, where ghostly children tease you by moving things around during the night to watch your reaction the next morning. There are reports of a ghostly maid who will tuck you in at night, a child who walks the halls and a bearded man who spends his time downstairs!  A perfect place to hold your “Spooktacular Gatherings” and “Ghostly Galas!”

The Greek Revival mansion of over 13,300 square feet and 13 bedrooms could be changed back into a single-family estate. It was sold at around $3 million and is an active B&B, event location, and friendly hauntings near Halloween.

Thousand Islands Haunted Mansion – Needs Work!

When it was built in 1895 for the president of Remington Arms and Typewriter Company, Carleton Manor was one of the grandest structures in all of New York. The solid-stone outer structure sits on an island of 6.9 acres and is surrounded by almost a thousand feet of waterfront. Today, it is an abandoned shell not fit for humans or ghosts. For a mere $495,000, the buyer willing to make this piece of history into a grand restoration project can turn this house from a nightmare into a dream home. Then the spirits could come down from the ceiling and the chimneys for more cushy digs and have fun throwing the good china around after midnight.

Amityville Horror House!

No longer on the market, the actual Amityville Horror home was for sale in 2016 reduced from $1.15 million down to $850,000. The New York home where Ronald DeFeo got up in the middle of the night in 1974 and brutally murdered his parents and four siblings with a rifle while they slept. The home was occupied just a year later by the Lutz family until they were forced to leave because of rampant paranormal activity.  The storied horror house on the Ocean Avenue waterfront is today an extensively remodeled home. The 5,000-square-foot home most recently sold in 2017 for just $605,000, and brave people are actually living there today.

Photo credit: Robbie Williams, Knight Frank U.K., All others Top Ten Archives

A Blogtoberfest Favorite Returns – Haunted Real Estate, part two!

easymoney, halloween, jack o lantern, pumpkin iconBlogtoberfest Guest Post #2 Robert Louis Stevenson’s Widow, Patrick Swayze Movie House & Colorado Flying Horse Ranch, by the writers at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Widow!

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Robert Louis Stevenson, will always be best known for his wonderful classics, “Treasure Island,” “Kidnapped,” and “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”  What many of us never knew was that much of his inspiration and much of his adventure was due to his great romance with Fanny Osborn in the 1800s.  He and Fanny met in France where she was studying art after leaving her philandering husband in California.  When she abruptly left France and returned to California to determine whether or not to end her marriage, he followed.  A longtime sufferer of bronchiectasis, after he and Fanny finally married, they travelled constantly trying to find a climate that would ease his illness, finally settling in Western Samoa, where he died in 1894 at the young age of 44.  Six years after his death, Fanny returned to San Francisco to resume her life and in 1900, commissioned noted architect, Willis Polk, to design her Russian Hill mansion.

The mansions that line the hills of San Francisco are known for their grand architecture, sturdy structure and intricate flourishing details laboriously executed by old world craftsmen.  Entrances were grand with their swirling staircases, rooms were large and airy and windows were expansive to capture the views over San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island and beyond.  Fanny Stevenson’s mansion had and has today, all of those attributes with one very special extra.  Ensconced in a tall arched window in the staircase is a circular stained glass picture of the ship, Hispaniola, riding the seas from Stevenson’s most famous novel, Treasure Island.  At 8,846 square feet, the mansion includes three levels with elevator, six bedrooms, seven baths, rooftop terrace and balcony walkouts on other levels.  Grounds are formally landscaped with patio and parking for four cars.

Home was commissioned by Fanny Osborn-Stevenson, the widow of author Robert Louis Stevenson, in 1900.  Offered at $15.9 million.

Mrs. Gregory Peck’s L.A. French Chateau!

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Mapleton Drive in Holmby Hills, Hollywood, California is well known as the most expensive street in Los Angeles.  On one side are the greens and fairways of the Los Angeles Country Club Golf Course and on the other side, Holmby Park.  The street has been home to many great film stars such as Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Dean Martin and Bing Crosby.  Crosby moved there after his previous home burned to the ground from a Christmas tree fire, and years later, Aaron Spelling tore it down to build his infamous mansion, which is still a great bone of contention for many locals.  Internet blogs run rampant about the Spellings tearing down a beautiful historic home to build what commenters consider to be a “tasteless” behemoth.  Today, many are coming into the neighborhood tearing down the beautifully crafted mansions of yesteryear to build contemporary homes on this quiet street where homes are hidden behind thick shrubbery.

Veronique Peck, wife of Gregory Peck, five time Emmy nominee for best actor and winner for “To Kill A Mockingbird,” also lived on Mapleton Drive in this large French Chateau-style home on 1.3 acres.  It was a home she bought after her husband’s death.  On South Mapleton, it is located halfway between the former Spelling mansion and the Playboy mansion.  At 9,182 square feet, the 1932 home has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms and large formal rooms with glass walls and French doors opening to terraces and the privacy of lush landscaping.  Family room, guest suite, two maids rooms, chef’s kitchen and breakfast room are on the main level with family bedrooms on the second level.  The large outdoor swimming pool and its setting is reminiscent of the glamour of Old Hollywood, often seen in films.  For more information.

Gregory Peck’s former Holmby Hills estate, now offered at $24.995 million.

Patrick Swayze Movie House!

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The historic mansion where the movie “North and South” was filmed starring Patrick Swayze in 1985, is now for sale.  Filled with history and lore, from its verandas are views over Charleston Harbor of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse.  Built in 1843, the 15,669 square foot mansion has a total of 17 bedrooms and 18 baths.  The main house has large halls and even larger rooms and a spiral staircase that winds its way to all four floors.  There are eight original fireplaces and the parquet floors are also original to the home.  The former carriage house has been turned into The Battery Carriage House Inn with eleven guest rooms, each with its own private entrance.  This home’s ballroom hosted the Charleston Preservation-Historical Society, which was the first preservation organization in the country.  A large garden separates the main house from the Inn.  For more information.

Co-starring with Patrick Swayze in “North and South,” this grand mansion with its separate income-producing Inn is located on the most enviable spot on Charleston Harbor.  Priced at $8 million.

Colorado Ghost Town!

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In 1877 the Denver and Rio Grande Railway Company built a narrow gauge railroad through La Veta Pass to Uptop, Colorado which was a depot at the top of the Pass and what was then the highest railroad and depot in the world.  With the building of the depot, merchants moved to the location to cater to rail passengers and for entertainment, built a large dance hall-saloon.  It was a favorite stop for miners, railroad men and lumberjacks.  The bar, known for its unique curved bar, served prohibition liquor made in a still behind the building that fueled many a raucous poker game.  In 1899, the small gauge tracks were torn up in favor of standard gauge and the railroad was rerouted nine miles south.  Many types of passengers made use of the railroad such as a team of Harvard botanists that camped at Uptop to collect plants for Charles Darwin.  The railroad also made it possible for Indian Chief Ouray and his wife to travel to Washington, D.C. for treaty negotiation.  Tourists flocked to Uptop to ride on the highest railway, which the railroad company advertised as the “Railroad Above the Clouds.”  When the railroad moved out, lumber companies moved in and in 1930 the Chapel-by-the-Wayside was built for that community.

Today Uptop has been recognized by the National Historical Society after being restored by two sisters, both in their 60s, who left their professions in Boston to bring the town back to life.  The “ghost town” on 250 acres of land contains the home, guest cabin, dance hall-saloon, train depot – now a museum, and the chapel with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the southern Rockies.  For more information.

Sale includes train depot, dance hall, saloon and chapel, water and mineral rights.  Now priced at $2 million.

Colorado Flying Horse Ranch!

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The Flying Horse Ranch, 30 miles from the famous ski resort of Breckenridge, is 3,688 acres of natural beauty surrounded by national forests and mountain views.  It’s a ranch that satisfies a wide range of tastes from elegant to rustic and activities from connecting with your inner cowboy, fishing, skiing and dining in Breckenridge, exploring the land or entertaining with style.  There are seven structures on the ranch including the 10,711 square foot lodge, two lakefront cabins, a ranch house, two raised deck tents at the fish camp and a 7,492 square foot log barn.  The two lake cabins each have one bedroom, living room, bath, sleeping loft and outdoor decks for enjoying lake views.  The ranch house can be used as a home for a ranch manager or guests.  the new barn contains equestrian facilities with eight stalls, bathing booth, tack room, hay loft, workshop, heated office and restroom.  But the pièce de résistance is the main lodge.

Built in British Columbia of massive white cedar logs, the lodge was shipped to the ranch and reconstructed on Horseshoe Lake.  Even with the exotic marbles, granites, onyx chandeliers, persian carpets and leather furnishings, the home maintains the log cabin ambiance throughout – a perfect blend in the creation of elegant rusticity.  The great room’s unusual fireplace surround depicts area wildlife reminiscent of cave drawings.  Other features include a western bar and pool table, two master suites with fireplaces, one with copper soaking tub and an eight foot shower that uses dramatic black and gold large patterned marble for shower walls and counters.  The other master is a complete apartment on the second floor and there are three additional guest rooms.  For more information.

Previously listed at $22.9 million,  Flying Horse Ranch will go to auction on October 11th, selling as two parcels or in its entirety.

View last year’s listings here