While not everyone believes in ghosts, there are still houses that are generally considered to be haunted—and that’s already been covered here on CNBC in America’s Most Haunted Homes. Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures have starred in scary movies.
But scary movies are just one frightening association in the following collection of homesincluding some suggestions and images from Zillow.com. Other residences here are not (necessarily) haunted, but they look as if they could be. One had a creepy and kooky famous resident, and another had a notorious resident who's serving several life sentences in prison. Another is said to have inspired a famous haunted house, one appears to be frozen in time, and others have styles that generally lend themselves to scary tales. Click ahead to see these scary-looking homes.
By Colleen KanePosted 6 October 2011
Location: Point of Carleton Island, New York
Square Footage: 5,000
This once-grand Gilded Age villa of the Thousand Islands was constructed in the 1890s for William O. Wyckoff, a tycoon who marketed Remington typewriters. His wife died the month before he moved in, and Wyckoff is said to have died of a heart attack on his first night in this mansion in 1895.
The villa has been vacant for more than 60 years, and it would likely cost millions to restore. The property has been for sale for years, attracting attention from all over the world. The home is listed on HistoricProperties.com, which has a photo of the house in its former glory.
Location: West Monroe, Louisiana
Square Footage: 4,630
This vampy house was only built last year, but it already looks haunted…by the ghost of Hot Topic.
The custom-designed home has distinct Medieval-inspired décor with velvet custom furniture that can be included with the sale. Starting with the main entryway and windows, Gothic pointed arch shapes repeat throughout the home, including incarnations as dining room chair backs. Even the kitchen reaches for an Old World look, with dark wood cabinets embellished with 3D lions prancing straight off of a family crest. The backs of the stools at ye olden breakfast bar are corseted.
According to the Zillow blog post about the house, the owner intended to move from this property into a castle.
Location: Ossining, New York
Square Footage: n/a
Built in 1927, this stone-walled castle home has a huge dining hall, wood paneling with creepy carvings of human figures and faces (reminiscent of Walt Disney's "The Haunted Mansion"), a rustic guesthouse, and a lookout perch atop the whole structure.
One mysterious detail about this property can send chills down the spine — the real estate listing states in all caps: SOLD AS IS.
Location: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Square Footage: approx. 4,500
Speaking of the film "The Haunted Mansion," the website for the 1874 Harry Packer Mansion claims it was the inspiration for the Walt Disney World ride The Haunted Mansion. It was built as a wedding gift from Harry’s father Asa Packer, the railroad baron and founder of Lehigh University, and it’s now a bed and breakfast and events space.
Instead of 999 ghosts, the Victorian mansion (which was last on the market in 2006), has stained glass windows by Tiffany, marble fireplaces, and is furnished with tasteful antiques. However, the owners do host regular murder mystery weekends, which explains why their website is MurderMansion.com.
Location: Westfield, New Jersey
Square Footage: n/a
This historic property, built in 1907, is the former home of Charles Addams, creator of the Addams Family, who lived there until 1947. What began in this house as a macabre single-panel cartoon for the New Yorker became a television series, then a pair of movies, and is now a hit Broadway play. The house now looks bright and cheery, but its most famous occupant had dark touches in his own life. A Zillow blog post about the house notes that Addams retouched photos of corpses for True Detective magazine, he married wife No. 3 in a pet cemetery, and his second wife plotted to kill him.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Square Footage: 6,000+
This dramatic Mayan-inspired hilltop residence embodying architectural and celluloid history recently sold at a dramatic discount from its 2009 asking price of $15 million. Classic film buffs will recognize it as the home where Vincent Price’s character offered $10,000 to anyone who could last the night there in the 1959 thriller, the original "House on Haunted Hill."
Frank Lloyd Wright designed Ennis House in 1924, and it features Wright hallmarks such as prairie-style leaded mitered glass. Another distinguishing factor is its glass mosaic fireplace — one of only four of its kind, and the best-preserved example. The temple-like home is situated in a gated community in Los Feliz. It features cavernous ceilings with exposed beams, marble floors, a guesthouse, a pool framed by a window-lined loggia, and unhindered views of the ocean, canyon and city lights.
It also appeared in other dark productions, serving as the home to Angel the vampire in seasons 2 and 3 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," the TV series "Twin Peaks" and too many others to list. Visit the home’s website for more of its history.
Location: Thousand Islands, New York
Square Footage: 4,680
This house on Comfort Island (the “Millionaire’s Row” of the Thousand Islands Region of Alexandria Bay, N.Y.) has stayed in the original family (the heirs of industrialist Alson E. Clark) since it was built in 1883, and almost everything about the place — save for the exterior paint job and a new roof — is still the original.
Holy Miss Havisham’s sitting room! From the Chinoiserie murals on the walls to the antique furnishings to the wood cook stove in the kitchen, this home is stuck in time. Taking a glance through the photos on the property’s website, it’s clear that the next owner can either do the time warp (again) or will have some serious renovations in store.
Location: New Canaan, Connecticut
Square Footage: 13,050
The owner of this mansion on seven acres has transformed it into his own personal Cabela’s outdoor superstore, after personally hunting and shooting the more than 100 of the taxidermy animals present on the property and arranging them into life-sized museum displays with painted nature scene backgrounds.
The menagerie includes a zebra bust, a rhino head, a polar bear, and an alligator posed as if attacking a baboon. They’re currently all located in an activities building, which the Curbed blog compared to a “souped-up man cave” (pictured here, lower right). Many more of the animals can be seen in this Wall Street Journalslideshow. On the off-chance that the buyers of this estate don’t want to share it with 100 beautiful but lifeless stuffed creatures, the Journal article says the owners are willing to customize the space at no extra cost.
Location: Stamford, Connecticut
Square Footage: 4,800
This French chateau-style castle residence on three acres was custom built in 1906. The name Rochamore means “love rock” and the great room, which is three stories tall, has a “Romeo and Juliet balcony.” That’s not to say there are any lovelorn ghosts here, but it would make a romantically named place for some to haunt.
The house features fieldstone, transverse gables, stone buttresses, three stone chimneys, and a four-story stone and half-timber tower. There’s a tiled patio, wraparound terrace, and solarium, inground pool (call it a rectangular moat if need be) and an attached three-“carriage” garage.
Location: Big Sur Coast, California
Square Footage: 1,075
This unique oceanfront property, built in 1974, is perched on a cliff in Big Sur, Calif., with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. Turn away from the water while inside the house, however, and double dragons dominate the view. Local wood artist Edmund Kara, who created the dragon staircase, called it his finest work.
Perhaps the scariest aspect, though, is the $4 million price tag for a 1 bedroom, 1 bath house, although it does also include a guest house, a caretaker’s cottage and, as another place to take in the views, an “Ocean Room.”
Location: Long Island, New York
Square Footage: N/A
The ranch house where convicted serial killer Joel Rifkin lived in East Meadow, Long Island, N.Y., was put on the market in 2010 after his mother passed away. With an asking price of $424,500, it was categorized as a handyman’s special, but the listing made no mention of the murders that took place in the basement, or of the victim’s body that had been stored in the garage. The property sold earlier this year at a deep discount for $300,000.
Location: Toms River, New Jersey
Square Footage: 3,370
This 1920 riverfront Colonial estate looks innocent enough — and it probably is. To viewers of the 1979 film “The Amityville Horror” (and its first two sequels), however, the interior might bear a haunting resemblance to scenes from the ghost story, because the movie was shot inside this house. (A superstructure including the Amityville house’s distinctive wedge-shaped windows was built around the Toms River house’s exterior to make it resemble the real home more.) The interior won’t look too similar to movie scenes because it’s been renovated since the late 1970s, as a buyer of a $1.35 million home would hope. In all, it’s the less scary of the two Amityville Horror houses to live in, although the real thing sold last year for $950,000.
Location: Garrison, New York
Square Footage: 7,800
The prominent 19th century architect Alexander Jackson Davis, who also designed the tomb for Yale’s secret society, Skull & Bones, designed this gothic villa for then-U.S. attorney general Edwards Pierrepont.
The estate sits atop a hill on 19 acres at the end of a long and winding driveway. The inside is striking yet still cozy, with the most memorable feature being the keyhole wall opening around the entry hall’s stairway landing. The living room, dining room and library all have fireplaces, and the kitchen has a woodstove, numerous built-ins for storage and “various pantries.” A carriage house is also available on four acres for another $1.5 million.