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From The Abnormal To The Paranormal: Dealing With An Unusual Home


Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Monday, August 10, 2015

Thinking of buying a home with a story to tell? Or maybe your home is so unique youre worried it might be a hard sell. The average buyer may not embrace the idea of shacking up with a ghost or owning a home that is so out there it becomes a sideshow, but, you know what they sayit only takes one.

Something bad happened there

A house where someone died might make you quickly nix it from your list. And heres a sobering thought for the squeamish: "Many states do not require realtors to disclose whether or not a violent crime occurred on the property, which is whyif this type of thing matters to youyou should always do your own research," said Jezebel.

If the home was the scene of a grisly or famous murder, and the price is right, buyers may be able to overlook what happened there. In some cases, the homes past might actually make it more saleable, although looky-loos can make it hard to live in.

The LaBianca house, scene of some of the Manson murders, and Nicole Brown Simpsons L.A. condo were both purchased post notoriety. As of this writing, serial murderer Jeffrey Dahmers childhood home in Ohiowhere he killed his first victim and scattered the remains around the house as a teenager -- has been for sale for three years. Even by the standards of those who are fascinated by the murder genre, this one may be over the line.

The location is terrible

Were not talking about a house in a semi-iffy neighborhood. How about one that features a glorious viewof the freeway. You might think that would be a turnoff. But not to everyone.


Swamplot

The Houston home of University of Houston architecture professor Ronnie Self, "perched on the edge of 288with 20 lanes just belowsits as close to the freeway as Self could get it," said Swamplot.

It features a view of downtown in the background and one more obvious advantage: you can always tell what the traffic is like.

Location, part 2

What if the view out the window isnt so much about cars, but, rather, headstones.


This Denmark apartment, from Kelsey Schiller, has a view of a cemetery and a prison.

Actually, people who can get past the whole "dead people out my window" thing might actually enjoy living close to a cemetery "because of the unobstructed views, the ease of parking and the, well, peace and quiet," said the Wall Street Journal.

If you can deal with the location and its the view thats getting to you, you can always disguise it using some of these creative solutions from Apartment Therapy and Houzz.

Ghosts

Are you seeing dead people?

"Nestled within sunny San Diegos Old Town is one of the worlds most enduring haunted house legends. Built in 1857 by Thomas Whaley, the brick house occupies the spot where Yankee Jim Robinson was publicly hanged years earlier," said Oddee. "Add to that the suicide of Violet Whaley in 1885 and other Whaley family deaths over the last century, and youve got a house so crowded with ghosts that it regularly appears on Most Haunted lists."

A real live haunted house might be interesting to tour, but do you want to live in it? And if you decide to sell your haunted house, do you have to disclose your ghost?


Viralspell

"Haunted properties fall within the category of stigmatized properties, or real estate that is not defective in any physical manner, but due to psychological or emotional factors may have a reduced value," said REALTOR Mag. "About half of U.S. states have laws that deal with stigmatized properties, but most dont require sellers to disclose if they have a ghost."

In some cases, ghosts and ghouls may make the house more valuable, they added. "Some customers look for homes with an interesting history, as they feel it adds to a propertys character. Not everyone is bothered by the possibility of spirits hanging around."

The house is just plain weird

Unique is a >

"We noticed right away that there were hooks in the walls in this grand foyer and all kinds of bicycle parts everywhere. Also, the first floor was pretty much gutted. Hanging from the ceiling in the dining room was a swing made out of a plank of wood and white nylon rope. The only lighting in the room appeared to be icicle->

Turns out the house was not a meth lab, as the agent feared, but was rather in the process of being converted to run on vegetable oil. Really.

Weird but good

Of course, weird can be good. Like when the gothic mansion youre touring has a little surprise: a spaceship in the attic.


Viralnova

You can channel your inner Queen and your inner Spock at the same time.


Viralnova

Gothic exterior not enough for you? How bout this interior?


METRO

Lest you say this is way overpersonalized and will never sell as is, Rightmoves Matthew James begs to differ. "A unique feature could actually end up being the major selling point of a house," said James on UK site METRO.

Perhaps. The house is no longer available.



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