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Mapping 10 'Haunted' Houses Up For Sale This Halloween

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If you've ever watched a scary movie where the new residents of a home refuse to leave when it becomes clear that the only possible explanation for all the strange noises, smells, and apparitions afflicting them is that the house is sited atop a Hellmouth and/or ancient burial ground, you've probably thought "The internal logic of this film is flawed. In real life, these people would totally leave." Which seems reasonable, except: a) Why are you expecting internal logic in a ghost movie? and b) Turns out 62 percent of prospective homeowners are open to buying a haunted house. For those intrepid would-be haunted home owners out there here's the ultimate map guide to 10 completely real haunted houses—from gloomy, oppressive Gothic mansions to eerie Victorian homes with tragic histories—that are for sale right this very second.


· The Spookiest, Creepiest Old Houses For Sale in America [Curbed National]
· Buy Philly's Storied, 'Cannibalized' Lynnewood Hall For $20M [Curbed National]
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1. The Kreischer Mansion

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4500 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309

Built in the 1899 by industrialist Balthasar Kreischer, this imposing Victorian home has been the site of at least two suicides and a gruesome mob hit. For would-be homeowners who don't mind sharing their living space with the restless dead, it's available for $12M.

2. The Hampton Lillibridge House

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507 E Saint Julian Street
Savannah, GA 31401

Any house that dates from the 1790s is bound to have picked up a few resident ghosts along the way (it's just the stats, guys), and the Hampton Lillibridge House is no exception. So many spirits reputedly call the former boarding house home that it's been dubbed the 'Most Haunted' House in Savannah. It asks $2.4M.

3. The Schweppe Mansion

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405 North Mayflower Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Receiving this lovely home as a wedding gift must have seemed an augur of good fortune for newlywed Chicago scions Laura Shedd and Charles Schweppe, but upon her death in 1937, Charles fell into a depression that led to his suicide just a few years later. The couple are said to haunt the ornate hallways of their mansion, which is on the market for $9.95M.

4. The Ann Starrett Mansion

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744 Clay Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

Named for the original owner of the home—who is also said to vigorously and actively haunt the place—the Ann Starrett Mansion has most recently been run as a boutique hotel whose TripAdvisor page is filled with guest's paranormal experiences. Reconverted to a private home, it's now on the market for $750,000. Photo: Alan Davey/Flickr

5. The Dakota

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1 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023

This storied NYC landmark's most renowned ghostly resident is the Crying Lady, a spirit who was given her name by John Lennon after the Beatle saw her meandering down the halls of the historic building, weeping. Unit #46 in the building is currently on the market for $14.5M.

6. The Sowden House

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5121 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Built in 1926 from a design by Lloyd Wright, the Sowdon House has been linked over the years to some of L.A.'s more outré figures, none more so than one-time owner Dr. George Hodel. The good doctor was alleged by his son to have murdered and dismembered the Black Dahlia in the basement of the home in 1947, leading to rumors that the ghost of Elizabeth Short haunts the Meso-American style halls of the listed $4.875M Los Feliz landmark.

7. The Johnsonville Ghost Town

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Johnsonville Road
Moodus, CT 06469

This ghostly, abandoned 19th-century village was once the thriving home of the Neptune Twine Company, until the factory shut down in the 1960s and the town slowly, steadily died away. It was then purchased by millionaire Raymond Schmitt, who was determined to bring the town back to life as a tourist attraction. The fates conspired against him, his venture failed, and his dream died with him. The $800,000 spread is said to be haunted by Schmitt and the many mill workers who died there over the years.

8. The T.S. Eliot Summer Home

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18 Edgemoor Road
Gloucester, MA 01930

The owner says this place is haunted by former resident T.S. Eliot, who summered in the home for 20 years, and who is said to manifest himself aurally and physically (though the realtor vehemently denies the $1.34M home is haunted).

9. The Perkins House

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515 South Samuel Street
Charles Town, WV 25414

This Gothic pile on the site of abolitionist John Brown's execution by hanging was built by the leader of the very militia that tracked him down and sent him to the gallows. Formerly marked by a sign that read “John Brown Scaffold,” the $749,000 home dates back to 1891.

10. Lynnewood Hall

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Ashbourne Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027

The decaying grandeur of Lynnewood Hall is rumored to be haunted by the restless spirits of the Widener family, who owned the home until the last remaining descendant left the place in 1941. The manor, on the market for $20M was converted to a seminary before eventually falling into what many fear is irreversible disrepair.

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1. The Kreischer Mansion

4500 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309

Built in the 1899 by industrialist Balthasar Kreischer, this imposing Victorian home has been the site of at least two suicides and a gruesome mob hit. For would-be homeowners who don't mind sharing their living space with the restless dead, it's available for $12M.

4500 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10309

2. The Hampton Lillibridge House

507 E Saint Julian Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Any house that dates from the 1790s is bound to have picked up a few resident ghosts along the way (it's just the stats, guys), and the Hampton Lillibridge House is no exception. So many spirits reputedly call the former boarding house home that it's been dubbed the 'Most Haunted' House in Savannah. It asks $2.4M.

507 E Saint Julian Street
Savannah, GA 31401

3. The Schweppe Mansion

405 North Mayflower Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Receiving this lovely home as a wedding gift must have seemed an augur of good fortune for newlywed Chicago scions Laura Shedd and Charles Schweppe, but upon her death in 1937, Charles fell into a depression that led to his suicide just a few years later. The couple are said to haunt the ornate hallways of their mansion, which is on the market for $9.95M.

405 North Mayflower Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

4. The Ann Starrett Mansion

744 Clay Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

Named for the original owner of the home—who is also said to vigorously and actively haunt the place—the Ann Starrett Mansion has most recently been run as a boutique hotel whose TripAdvisor page is filled with guest's paranormal experiences. Reconverted to a private home, it's now on the market for $750,000. Photo: Alan Davey/Flickr

744 Clay Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368

5. The Dakota

1 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023

This storied NYC landmark's most renowned ghostly resident is the Crying Lady, a spirit who was given her name by John Lennon after the Beatle saw her meandering down the halls of the historic building, weeping. Unit #46 in the building is currently on the market for $14.5M.

1 West 72nd Street
New York, NY 10023

6. The Sowden House

5121 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Built in 1926 from a design by Lloyd Wright, the Sowdon House has been linked over the years to some of L.A.'s more outré figures, none more so than one-time owner Dr. George Hodel. The good doctor was alleged by his son to have murdered and dismembered the Black Dahlia in the basement of the home in 1947, leading to rumors that the ghost of Elizabeth Short haunts the Meso-American style halls of the listed $4.875M Los Feliz landmark.

5121 Franklin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. The Johnsonville Ghost Town

Johnsonville Road, Moodus, CT 06469

This ghostly, abandoned 19th-century village was once the thriving home of the Neptune Twine Company, until the factory shut down in the 1960s and the town slowly, steadily died away. It was then purchased by millionaire Raymond Schmitt, who was determined to bring the town back to life as a tourist attraction. The fates conspired against him, his venture failed, and his dream died with him. The $800,000 spread is said to be haunted by Schmitt and the many mill workers who died there over the years.

Johnsonville Road
Moodus, CT 06469

8. The T.S. Eliot Summer Home

18 Edgemoor Road, Gloucester, MA 01930

The owner says this place is haunted by former resident T.S. Eliot, who summered in the home for 20 years, and who is said to manifest himself aurally and physically (though the realtor vehemently denies the $1.34M home is haunted).

18 Edgemoor Road
Gloucester, MA 01930

9. The Perkins House

515 South Samuel Street, Charles Town, WV 25414

This Gothic pile on the site of abolitionist John Brown's execution by hanging was built by the leader of the very militia that tracked him down and sent him to the gallows. Formerly marked by a sign that read “John Brown Scaffold,” the $749,000 home dates back to 1891.

515 South Samuel Street
Charles Town, WV 25414

10. Lynnewood Hall

Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

The decaying grandeur of Lynnewood Hall is rumored to be haunted by the restless spirits of the Widener family, who owned the home until the last remaining descendant left the place in 1941. The manor, on the market for $20M was converted to a seminary before eventually falling into what many fear is irreversible disrepair.

Ashbourne Road
Elkins Park, PA 19027