PHOTOS: Haunted houses for sale

The Gustav Mayer House, photo via TopTenRealEstateDeals.com
The Gustav Mayer House, photo via TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

(WFLA) – With Halloween nearing, let’s check out some spooky houses – that are on the market.

The Gustav Mayer House

This Staten Island house was build in 1855. One of the original Nabisco owners, Gustav Mayer, bought the home in 1889, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. His family stayed there until the 1980s.

Mayer had two daughter who were reclusive. They lived into their 100s, refusing to leave. They’d lower baskets from their windows in order to receive groceries, mail and other items, according to Top Ten.

A new owner restored the home in 1990. However, he didn’t want to get rid of all the scary elements. “He immediately remodeled the first floor into a stylish and trendy living space but, in a moment of inspiration, left the rest of the home in its eerie state of decay as a fashionable and ghostly hotspot for high-end magazine photo shoots. High-fashion names like Elle, Vogue, Fossil, and W have done photo shoots behind the crumbling upstairs walls,” Top Ten explains.

Current asking price: $1.74 million

Michigan Mental Asylum

This former Michigan mental asylum once had its own zip code and fire department. It’s located in Detroit.

It was part of a 76-building complex called Eloise. “Stories of ghosts, screaming former patients and jars of human body parts have surrounded the complex for years,” Top Ten says.

Current asking price: $1.5 million 

Lynnewood Hall, world’s largest ghost house

A.B. Widener’s family built this 100-room residence. It’s believed to be the last surviving example of Neoclassical Revival architecture from the Gilded Age, according to Top Ten.

Lynnewood was based on an English palace.

Widener invested in the J.P. Morgan White Star Line, which owned the Titanic. Widener’s son and grandson died on the Titanic’s maiden voyage. “Consumed with guilt and grief, A.B. Widener died in his grand mansion three years after the sinking. It is said that the three Widener ghosts are still its caretakers, its legacy as the world’s biggest abandoned ghost house,” Top Ten says.

Current asking price: $16.5 million. 

Amityville Horror House

This is the home that inspired the Amityville movies. “The home is the location of the gruesome DeFeo murders where Ronald DeFeo got up in the middle of the night and brutally murdered his parents and four siblings with a rifle while they slept. The home was occupied just a year later by the Lutz family, until they were forced to leave because of rampant paranormal activity,” Top Ten says.

The 5,000-square-foot home has five bedrooms and three baths. IT’s in Long Island.

Current asking price: $850,000

 

 

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