We’ll leave it to ghost hunters to determine whether the homes we’re highlighting below are sites with actual paranormal activity, but each place provides a seriously spooky vibe.
From abandoned mansions to formerly grand homes left to the elements, each of these properties gives off the unshakable feeling that their histories—and those of the people who inhabited the places—still have something to say in the present day.
According to Psychology Today, there are a number of factors that go into making a house feel haunted. Haunted houses tend to be old, remote, and deserted. Here are a few properties on the market that check those boxes—and then some.
Take a tour of these 11 homes for sale and consider whether you’d dare to purchase any of them.
The Parsonage: Originally called the parsonage, this property was constructed in 1893 as two outbuildings and a two-bedroom apartment with a deck and private entry. The listing says it’s the perfect setup for a mother and daughter, or as rental. We think there’s probably the angry ghost of someone’s deceased mother-in-law roaming that apartment.
Price: $15.5 million
Lynnewood Hall: With 55 empty bedrooms for ghosts to float around, this mansion built in 1897 seems tailor-made for the afterlife. Located just outside of Philadelphia, it was designed by architect Horace Trumbauer and has a look that we (and many others) find similar to the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining.” Redrum! Sellers are looking for a developer willing to revive the historic property as a museum, condos, a music venue, or even a hotel.
Foster-Thomason-Miller House: Built in 1883 and fully restored in 1986, this home is a blend of Queen Anne, Italianate, and Gothic Revival styles. The home was damaged by fire in 2001 and needs significant repairs. Meanwhile, its soot-covered interior spaces give off a haunted mansion aura.
Government Hill House: Built in 1896, this historic five-bedroom home on a corner lot in Government Hill comes with approved plans and architectural drawings for renovation—and maybe a ghost cowboy or two.
Pink Victorian: The Northern California town of Eureka is known for paranormal activity—including the haunted Carson mansion and the ghost of an old commander regularly spotted at nearby Fort Humboldt. So this faded pink Victorian from 1882 fits right in. It possesses plenty of potential, but in its current state, the four-bedroom home is a faint resemblance of what it once was.
Haymond William Edgar House: For less than the cost of a midsize SUV, you can pick up this four-bedroom home from 1884. The asymmetrical Queen Anne was designed by West Virginia architect Edward Bates Franzheim and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We’re pretty sure high school students have double-dog dared one another to sleep in the house overnight.
Stone Estate: This stone house looks a little like a dungeon and is made only more terrifying by the fact that it’s secluded on 190 acres of woods, where absolutely no one can hear you scream. Built in 1933, the home features “a Rapunzel-like window,” which makes us think about being held prisoner by a mean old witch.
Hilltop hotel: Situated on a hilltop in the Taconic Hills, this abandoned building is where Jason Voorhees would stay if “Friday the 13th” was filmed at nearby Summit Lake. The third floor is still as it was when the building was constructed in 1878. All that’s missing are scantily clad teens being chased through a rainstorm at night by a deranged murderer. We’ll stay here locked in the car while you do the walk-through.
Oaklawn: This massive, historic home known around the area as Oaklawn sits on nearly 5 acres. Just inland from the Gulf of Mexico, the crumbling, abandoned home has been left untouched, baking in the Texas sun for years—the perfect hideout for banditos and outlaws of all stripes.
Remote Victorian: Has anyone seen Norman Bates around these parts? Sitting on 2 acres all by itself, this historic Victorian in Ventura Country was built in 1883. The property doesn’t have heat, gas, sewer, or septic hookups, but it does have over a century of history contained within its walls. If you listen closely, you can hear spurs jangling on the front porch.
Marlin brick: This fixer-upper outside Waco is equal parts Chip and Joanna Gaines dream project and creepy Texas slasher film set come to life. Until the trees are trimmed back, it’ll be hard to see anything that takes place behind the windows. Maybe that’s a good thing.
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