10 horror real estate properties we wish we owned

1428 Elm Street AKA Nancy’s house in the original freddie just sold for nearly $3 million. Freddy terrorized teen Nancy Thompson (with Jesse Walsh and Lori Campbell in sequels) in this three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath home close to the Sunset strip (1726 N Genesee Ave). Bo Burnham also shot his pandemic special, Inside those same walls. Across the street is the house in Glen (1719 N Genesee Ave) where our favorite teenager in a crop top burst into bed, only to be violently spat out in the form of a geyser of hateful blood.

Last fall, Stu Macher’s home in Scream has been available for rent on Airbnb, giving fans a (very limited) chance to sleep in the iconic venue where the big party and showdown finale took place. Horror real estate is big business, and the recent Elm Street sale got us thinking about what other iconic scary properties we covet. Here are some of our favorite horror properties you can visit in the flesh. Also known as properties we would mine to build the ultimate horror real estate portfolio (no point in diversifying this portfolio, thank you.)

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The Murder House – American Horror Story Murder House

The brick facade has become rather iconic since Ryan Murphy’s debut american horror story in 2011. The titular Murder House made guest appearances in subsequent seasons, and is Actually called Rosenheim Mansion, (not as eye-catching as Murder House, but still neat.) Also, I’m not sure anything scary or deviant ever happened within the walls of this six-bedroom, five-bathroom house bathrooms (that we know), but it’s beautiful and instantly recognizable. The house is not open to the public, but apparently in 2020 the doors were opened to the general public for the first time, virtually. Although you cannot stay overnight in the mansion, it is technically available to rent for productions. Not currently on the market, but you can check the listing details here. 1120 Westchester Pl, Los Angeles, CA.


The Freeling Family Home – Fighting spirit

They are there! Not too far from Los Angeles, on Roxbury Street in the Simi Valley, you’ll find the actual location of the housing estate built by Tobe Hooper’s fictional Cuesta Verde housing development company. Fighting spirit. In the movie, the house is built on top of a graveyard, which causes all sorts of haunted shit. In reality, it is a private residence in a quiet suburb. People live here, so please don’t knock on their door, but you can (respectfully) admire the property from the outside. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom is off the market, last sold in 1979 for $143,500. 4267 Roxbury Street, Simi Valley, CA.

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The Strode Family Home –

The current owners of the Strode family home are embracing their home’s history with a basket on the porch and a note for fans to enjoy the closed pumpkin to pose with. The house is on a corner and if you walk across the street from the library, you’ll find yourself in front of the driveway where Laurie’s dad parked Strode Realty’s car before warning Laurie: ” Don’t forget to drop the key at the Myers, 1115 Oxley St., South Pasadena, CA.

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Michael Myers House – Halloween (1978)

Of course, then, our next obvious stop is the Myers’ house (we love what Big John and Little John have done with the place!), which you can absolutely walk to from the Strode house. Although you can’t enter the original Michael Myers house, you can stand out in front of the recognizable house, maybe even hang a picture on the front steps. Yet another location that’s immortalized on film, but actually doesn’t capitalize on that audience. The blue-painted craftsman’s house is currently an office building, not open to the public. BUT there is an art gallery just behind the Myers house (SugarMynt, which you might recognize from FANGORIA Issue 13) that honors the area’s rich, gruesome history. Walking around South Pasadena is essentially walking straight into Haddonfield, IL. The famous hedge is also not very far from here. Currently off the market, like us wait patiently for it to be available. 1000 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA.


Amityville Horror House – The Amityville Horror

Let’s venture out of California to the coast opposite the south shore of Long Island, NY. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was the scene of a gruesome murder in 1974, which became the subject of Jay Anson’s 1977 bestselling book, Amityville Horror, and of course, the 1979 film of the same name. The actual house where the murders took place was not used in the film, the screen version is actually a four-bedroom, four-bathroom house in New Jersey, which has since been renovated and moved closer to the river. Apparently, after the shooting, the city of Toms River, New Jersey, set up fairly strict filming guidelines to dissuade future productions from settling here. The four-bedroom, three-full-bathroom, two-half-bathroom home boasts river views and a seven-seat theater! 18 Brooks Road, Toms River, NJ.

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The MacNeil House – The Exorcist

In suburban St. Louis, you’ll find an unassuming house that once housed “Roland Doe”, the subject of perhaps the most famous exorcism of our time. The boy and his family moved from Cottage City, Maryland, to St Louis, Missouri, with exorcisms said to have been performed in both locations. Author William Peter Blatty wrote The Exorcist after hearing about Doe’s case. But if you want to see the house that became forever immortalized in Friedkin’s film adaptation, you’ll have to head to Washington, D.C. This three-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1950 and is located at 3600 Prospect Street NW in Georgetown. And yes, those infamous stairs are nearby.

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Timberline’s National Lodge – the brilliant

We will technically be doing a triple threat here because the hotel that inspired Stephen King’s Overlook Hotel is the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO while The National Timberline Lodge at Government Camp, Oregon was used for Kubrick’s outdoor settlement plan. Both of which you can visit and spend the night. While the Overlook interiors were built on a studio backlot, Kubrick’s inspiration for the look is said to have come from the Hotel Ahwahnee, in Yosemite National Park in California. One writer, one director, three states, three hotels. We don’t know how much these properties would cost you, but we’re pretty sure it would be a very worthwhile investment at the very least. 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR.

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The Sawyer family home – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Saw is family! Originally located in Round Rock, TX, the house has been moved to Kingsland, TX and good news…you can come in! The building is now a restaurant. According to the website, “The house was purchased by The Antlers Inn in 1998. It was subsequently dismantled, moved to Kingsland and completely refurbished. This Victorian house has been home to the Grand Central Café since 2012.” This iconic zero-bedroom (we love an open floor plan!) and one-bathroom home can be off-market, but definitely worth a visit. 1010 King Ct, Kingsland, TX.


The petrol station – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

About forty miles outside of Austin is an iconic service station. Luckily for us, this one is owned by a mega fan, which means not only can you tour the exterior of the infamous gas station, but you can also step inside for horror memorabilia and yes … a barbecue. The property can be off-market, but you can rent a cabin and spend the night in this bed and barbecue! The most ideal setup would be to take a group of friends and rent out the whole place as your own spooky little summer camp. There is a detailed tour in FANGORIA Number 3 and you can also check our Fango 2021 excursion at the gas station. 1073 TX-304, Bastrop, TX.


The Perron Family House – Conspiracy

The house that inspired Conspiracy (The Farm on Round Top Road) is located in Harrisville, Rhode Island. This is where the Perron family was actually living when they called Ed and Lorraine Warren for help with an apparent supernatural activity. the the current owners offer tours of their “house that started a franchise”. The house used in the film for exterior shots (pictured above) of the Perron family home is The Keith House in Currie, North Carolina. She’s a stoic four bedroom, two bathroom home; beautiful but mighty scary! 405 Canetuck Road, Currie, North Carolina.

We have our eye on a few of them and our horror real estate wishlist is ready to go! In the meantime, do yourself a favor and do some virtual shopping.

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