Two ‘Haunted houses’ on the market just in time for Halloween
October 6, 2012 2 Comments
Know someone looking for the perfect place for the most spook-tacular Halloween party ever? Horror-loving home buyers are in luck, because the house featured in “The Amityville Horror” is once again on the market, and this time at a reduced price of only $955,000.
The owners of the four-bedroom, three-bath colonial-style residence at 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, New Jersey, which was used for exterior filming for the 1979 movie aren’t claiming supernatural reasons as the cause of the move or the latest price reduction.
After all, their home was really only an stand-in for the real Amityville house in Long Island, New York where the Lutz family’s odd experiences inspired Jay Anson‘s 1977 best-selling horror novel and the scary 1979 movie. That film starred James Brolin as George Lutz, who moves his family, including Margot Kidder as his wife Kathleen Lutz, into a dream home that turns into a nightmare.
After 33 years of marriage, owners Odalys and Jose Fragoso, who bought the house in 2001 for $795,000, are simply getting a divorce. It was a judge’s suggestion that made them drop their asking price $145,000 from last summer’s appraised value of $1.1 million.
“It’s not that the house is haunted or anything. We had wonderful times in that house,” said Odalys. (Just not lately, one assumes.)
“The housing market has dropped tremendously,” said Donna Walesiewicz, the broker selling the 3,370-square-foot home. “That’s why people are coming down and buying homes in cash. They aren’t making money in other investments. They are putting it in real estate.”
Built in 1920, the waterfront home is situated on over a half-acre of land, and offers a furnished basement, attic lounge, hardwood floors, two-car detached garage, pool and dock. The home no longer features the iconic quarter-round windows made famous by the movie, but still boasts gorgeous views and Victorian charm.
“The property alone, being on that river, you have that southern exposure, it’s just a beautiful home,” said Walesiewicz.
Need something a bit larger? Theme Park Connection, a website that buys, sell and trades Disney theme park collectibles such as props, pins and figurines, is also offering a full-size replica of the Disneyland Haunted Mansion for sale.
The over 10,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, six-bath house at 3816 Turnberry Court, in Duluth, Georgia is a dead ringer for the Disneyland Haunted Mansion in California, at least on the outside, and has an asking price of just $873,000.
Owner and designer Mark Hurt, a Disney Contractor and owner of the company Constructioneer, built the home in 1996, ensuring that the design matched the dimensions and architectural structure of the real Disneyland Haunted Mansion as closely as possible. Details like an original Haunted Mansion gate sign, four white pillars, green hand-welded railings and spooky flickering lights welcome visitors to this unique property.
Hurt even located the actual foundry that Walt Disney used to make the iron details of the original Haunted Mansion and had the company craft matching railings for his own version of the house.
But you won’t find Madame Leota, dancing spirits or doom buggies or on the inside of this four-story manse. (Although there is a specially themed bathroom on the first floor with its own grim, grinning ghost in the mirror!)
Potential buyers will instead find extras like a mother-in-law/nanny suite, two-story library with gas-burning fireplace and separate wet bar, 1,100-square-foot cypress wood roof deck, three-car garage, and a 738-square-foot basement with 13-foot ceilings that could be used as a home movie theater.
No public tours of the house will be offered, and only real estate agents and pre-qualified buyers will be able to make appointments to view the home. The sellers have just one caveat listed: “No ghosts please!”