This weekend will be filled with haunted houses, ghosts, goblins, and all things that go bump in the night, but could you imagine living with the Halloween festivities all year round? With the five real life haunted houses below, residents have experienced everything from noises, special guest appearances, as well as some crazy history all packed into the home they currently live in.
Along with a haunted home comes all of the neighbors constantly peering in windows and wondering what is going on in that mysterious house. Real estate agents usually think it will be difficult to sell these homes and finding the buyer to pay the full price would be near impossible. Actually, realtors these days are seeing a tremendous amount of success selling haunted homes thanks to the sudden increase in paranormal activity seekers.
One of our very own agents, Maria Cronin, from Orland Park, Illinois recently had some tremendous success selling a property that was deemed haunted by marketing the home to investors. The home was built in 1882 and was the sight of an alarming amount of deaths; including a 19 year old shooting, a sudden death of the owner in 2007 and the original owner all passing away in the property. Since those deaths the home has received a tremendous amount of attention online and from the neighbors stating that there are spirits in the house. Maria used this to her advantage and was able to talk to investors about purchasing the home and creating a haunted bed and breakfast hotel.
Other agents who have been asked to market a haunted home have used this time of the year to help increase the actual value of the home. Most have done it with unique open houses inviting both the paranormal seekers as well as the neighbors to either prove the myths of the home right or debunk them once and for all.
Now for what we have all been waiting for, real life haunted houses that are on the market right now!
274 Charming Forge Road, Womelsdorf, PA 19567
List Price: $850,000
First off is this charming Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania home where you will never feel alone thanks to the constant door slamming and stomping up the home's stairs when the ghost of Henry William Stiegel comes into the home angry. The story of the previous owner, Henry William Stiegel, is that after his year in prison he was allowed to return to this residence in the late 1700's under the supervision of nephew. Often angry from being broke and humiliated, Henry would storm through the house slamming the door and stomping his feet on each and every step of the stairs. When he died in the home in 1785 the reports of those haunted noises started. The craziest part is while visitors often hear the door slamming, the door has now been latched shut for around a century.
405 N Mayflower Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045
List Price: $9,950,000
The next haunted house is actually what some would call one of Illinois' most famous haunted mansion. This gorgeous 10 bedroom, 11 bathroom home started off as a peaceful home for a newlywed couple. The Schweppe Mansion, as it is called, was built in 1917 and was given as a wedding present from the parents of Laura Shedd to Laura herself and her newly wed husband Charles Schweppe. Later, Laura ended up passing away from a heart attack inside the home and Charles ended up passing away from a what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound with a note saying "I've been awake all night, it's terrible." Since the tragic passing of the couple it is said that the couple as well as their servants still roam the hallways, and bedrooms of the home. Even, one window in the home is said to never collect dust or cobwebs in the entire 46 years the home was vacant after the couple passed.
5121 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Sowden House)
List Price: $4,799,000
While other homes may have theories and speculations this home has a lot of facts and evidence that shows that it was the location of the murder of Elizabeth Short aka the "Black Dahlia". The prime susepct for the murder was the home's owner at the time, Dr. George Hill Hodel. Dr. Hodel fled to asia to avoid prosecution for this murder and even Dr. Hodel's son believes that his father murdered Elizabeth at this property. Visitors have been known to see gruesome/terrifying ghosts as well as hearing chains shuffle against the concrete. The case still remains unsolved.
5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, Los Olivos, California 93441
List Price: $100,000,000
Recognize the home? This home was owned by Michael Jackson and was originally titled Neverland Ranch but now is affenctionately called Sycamore Valley Ranch. While there haven't been reports of this home being haunted yet we have a feeling the King of Pop, will be making an appearance anyday now. Could you imagine purchasing a home with a $100 Million price tag only to walk down the hallway and seeing a "Thriller" like ghost. We can't tell if that makes us want this home less or more.
Ma Barker House, Ocklawaha, FL 32179 (Address Unknown)
List Price $950,000
The last stop on this haunted house tour resides in Ocklawaha, Florida located about 60 miles away from Orlando. This house in the early 1900's was home to one of the most dangerous criminal families, The Barker Gang. The head of that family was Ma Barker herself. Our President at the time spoke about Ma Barker as "the most vicious, dangerous and resourceful criminal brain of the last decade". While being one of the most wanted criminals in America, the FBI closed in to her location at this home. After a very large shootout with the FBI, Ma Barker was eventually killed in the front bedroom. Her body was found still clutching a tommy gun in hand. The home is up for sale right now and still has the original bullet holes from the shootout throughout the home.