Oct 13 2023

8 real-life haunted homes across America

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real haunted house

Would you live in a real haunted house? Ghosts aren’t a dealbreaker for 58% of homebuyers.

Horror movies are fun, but have you ever encountered a real haunted house? In the U.S., some are more notorious than others. If you’re hoping to experience the paranormal this Halloween season, plan a drive-by to one of these spooky houses.

A glimpse at 8 famously haunted houses

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Though these homes aren’t currently for sale, that doesn't mean there’d be a shortage of buyers. More than half of homebuyers would consider buying a real haunted house that met their criteria.

Here are some top picks:

1. Chop Chop House – Boise, ID.

A real haunted house with a grisly name, the “Chop Chop House” is also called the Boise Murder House. As the names suggest, the home was the site of a horrific homicide that took place in the 1980s. Those who have lived in the house over the decades have found it to feel “off,” especially in the basement. Other tenants claim to have seen shadowy figures.  

2. House of Death – New York, NY.

What appears to be an unassuming brownstone off New York City’s Fifth Avenue is actually a “House of Death.” Based on various sightings, the house may be home to nearly two dozen ghosts, including the ghost of Mark Twain. A paranormal expert hired in the 1950s confirmed the presence of Twain and also mentioned seeing a young girl, a woman in a white dress, and a gray cat.

3. LaLaurie Mansion – New Orleans, LA.

Nicolas Cage made this mistake so you don’t have to. The actor was once the proud owner of New Orleans’ LaLaurie Mansion, located in the French Quarter, before losing it to foreclosure. Cage reportedly heard paranormal activity in his brief time in the house. The mansion was originally home to the 19th century socialite and serial killer Madame LaLaurie, whose gruesome acts were featured on American Horror Story.

New Orleans natives are so spooked by the mansion’s dark history that they recommend walking on the other side of the street.

4. Lizzie Borden House - Fall River, MA.

Lizzie Borden, though acquitted, was accused of murdering her parents in the late 1800s with a hatchet. Today, those who book a stay in her former home, now converted to a Bed and Breakfast, might meet the ghosts of a laughing Lizzie, a screaming maid, and her parents. Take a look at the Google reviews for a better idea of what supernatural energy you might encounter.

No tricks, just treats.

To find out how much house you can afford, contact your local Academy Loan Officer.

5. The Molly Brown House - Denver, CO.

Margaret Brown, better known as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” who survived the Titanic, was a philanthropist and activist for workers’ and women’s rights. Brown’s former Victorian home is located in Denver and has since been turned into a museum. Over the years, museum visitors and workers have reported smelling pipe smoke and seeing furniture rearranged by a woman wearing Victorian-era clothing.

6. The Sallie House - Atchison, KS.

Behind the story of this real haunted house is a botched appendectomy performed on a little girl. The Sallie House, named after the girl who died in the home from the procedure, has been featured on TV shows like Sightings and Ghost Adventures. After former residents reported ghost activity and flying objects, the house, understandably, sits vacant. However, brave visitors can tour the home or book an overnight stay.

When you visit the house, you’ll be required to sign a waiver against resident spirits who may potentially inflict harm.

7. The Winchester House – San Jose, CA.

The Winchester House, along with the Whaley House, is one of two California homes declared to be a real haunted house by the U.S. Commerce Department. The Victorian home was built by the widow of rifle manufacturer William Winchester, Sarah Lockwood Pardee Winchester. Winchester bought and began to renovate the farmhouse upon instruction from a psychic medium after losing her daughter and husband.

While living in the home, Winchester was said to have held nightly seances. Today, you can tour the mysterious—and massive—house.

8. Villisca Axe Murder House - Villisca, IA.

In 1912 in Villisca, eight people were murdered as they slept. To this day, the crime remains unsolved. More than a century later, visitors say that ghosts reside in the home and seek justice. Paranormal activity reported at the house includes moving objects, footsteps, voices, shadows, and apparitions. The home has been investigated on multiple TV shows, with tours and overnights available.

‘Tis the season for spooktacular savings

Did you know? October is the month when home prices are likely to be the lowest.* If you’re ready to take the first step toward homeownership, your local Academy Loan Officer can help you get started.

*ATTOM Data, 2022. Please consult a trusted professional as personal circumstances may vary. No specific results are guaranteed. Not all applicants will qualify. MAC524-1486925.