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.
59 Lockes Hill Rd., Gilford, N.H.
- Price: $799,000
- Beds: 5 Bed
- Baths: 3 Full Bath
- House Size: 3,980 Sq. Ft.
- Lot Size: 20.35 Acres
- Year Built: 1897
Known as Kimball Castle, this magnificent stone castle listed on the National Register of Historic Places is set atop 20 acres on Lockes Hill in Belknap County, N.H., and offers breathtaking lake and mountain views. It's also surrounded by 260 acres of conservation land that borders the property.
You can have this stunning castle for well under a million dollars ($799,000 to be exact), but with a few caveats. It's in need of total rehabilitation, and paranormal activity has been reported in the home. According to StrangeUSA.com, witnesses have reported seeing a ghost in the kitchen of the carriage house other strange occurrences, such as doors mysteriously closing and lights turning on and off.
4500 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island, N.Y.
- Price: $12,000,000
- Beds: 12 Bed
- Lot Size: 4.59 Acres
- Year Built: 1885
Known as Kreischer Mansion, this large Victorian house in Staten Island is said to have experienced a long history of suffering, including a grisly mafia murder just a few years back. The house was originally built for Edward B. Kreischer by his father, brick manufacturer Balthasar Kreischer. Sadly, Balthasar died the year after the home was built, and Kreischer committed suicide by shooting himself in the head just a few years later, in 1894.
Fast forward more than a century. In 2005, mafia member Robert McKelvey was lured to the Kreischer Mansion and brutally stabbed, then dragged to a nearby pond and drowned. In true mafia style, his body was dismembered with hacksaws and burned in the mansion's furnace. McKelvey's ashes and bone fragments were then discarded in the mansion's septic tank system.
Paranormal activity that's been reported throughout the years at the Kreischer Mansion include the sounds of a woman crying, doors slamming, scratching from inside closet doors, clanging of a metal object, footsteps, and sightings of apparitions wandering the mansion.
15432 Washington Rd., Washington, Calif.
- Price: $675,000
- Beds: 10 Bed
- Baths: 7 Full Bath
- House Size: 8,206 Sq. Ft.
- Lot Size: 0.51 Acres
- Year Built: 1865
If you're fascinated by the Old West, you'll love this property perched above the gold-rich Yuba River in Nevada County, Calif. Although it's listed as a single-family home, the property is technically a hotel (The Washington Hotel) with 14 rooms and seven baths, a historic bar, a restaurant and a gift shop. It can all be yours for just $675,000, but we have to warn you that you might encounter a friendly ghost from time to time. In this YouTube video, former hotel owner Su DeCorte talks about a "silly" female ghost who has reportedly been seen on the third floor and has been known to play tricks on the hotel's inhabitants.
--Written by Kristin Colella for MainStreet