4 Real Haunted Houses Up for Sale
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Movies like The Amityville Horror and The Conjuring tell the terrifying stories of supposedly real hauntings that took place in the homes of ordinary people. In both movies, the homeowners were unaware when they first moved in that spirits lurked throughout their abodes. Sometimes, though, prospective buyers already know about a home's haunted history before they commit to a sale, which begs the question: Would you dare to live in a haunted house?
If your answer is yes, you're not alone. According to Realtor.com's recently released "Haunted Housing Report," which explored consumer sentiments about their perceptions of "haunted" real estate, 26% of respondents indicated that they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale and 36% said that they might consider a haunted home purchase.
Of course, haunted homes often provide the opportunity to do some serious price negotiation. Realtor.com's survey found that of the respondents who said they would purchase a haunted home, only 12% said they would pay full market value or more for a haunted house for sale. According to the survey, 34% of respondents said they'd purchase a haunted home if it was discounted up to 30%, 22% indicated that they would purchase a haunted home if it was discounted 31 to 50%, while 19% said they'd purchase a haunted home if it was discounted 51% or more.
If you're in the market for a new home and aren't scared away by the idea of purchasing one that's reportedly haunted, here are four listings that you might find eerily intriguing.
507 E. Saint Julian St., Savannah, Ga.
- Price: $2,400,000
- Beds: 5 Bed
- Baths: 3 Full, 2 Half Bath
- House Size: 4,606 Sq. Ft.
- Year Built: 1796
Sure, this charming 18th-century home known as The Hampton Lillibridge House may seem innocent enough at first. Spacious and luminous with five bedrooms, three full baths and two powder rooms, it features lovely touches such as exposed hand-hewn beams, handmade antebellum bricks, French doors, a garden and a roof walk with views of the Savannah skyline and ships passing on the nearby Savannah River. But don't be fooledthis historic home is said to be one of the most haunted places in Savannah.
The Hampton Lillibridge House was moved to its current location on a quiet street by famed historic preservationist Jim Williams, but when work began on the house workers noticed strange noises and the presence of a man. Workers also discovered a crypt on the building site that was half filled with water. In fact, it is said that an exorcism on the house even took place to drive away evil spirits. Some say the house is haunted by a young sailor who lived in the home when it was a rooming house and committed suicide by hanging himself in one of the upstairs bedrooms.