1428 Elm Street AKA Nancy's house in the original A Nightmare On Elm Street just sold for nearly a cool $3 million. Freddy terrorized teens Nancy Thompson, (along with Jesse Walsh and Lori Campbell in sequels) in this three-bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home just a stone's throw away from the Sunset strip (1726 N Genesee Ave). Bo Burnham also shot his pandemic special, Inside these very walls. Across the street is Glen's house (1719 N Genesee Ave) where our favorite crop top clad teen sunk into his bed, only to be violently spewed back out in the form of a heinous blood geyser.
Just this past Fall, Stu Macher's house from Scream was available to rent on Airbnb, giving fans a (very limited) chance to sleep in the iconic location 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 spooky properties we lust after. Here are some of our favorite horror properties you can visit in the flesh. Also known as the properties we would tap to build the ultimate horror real estate portfolio (no interest in diversifying that portfolio, thank you.)
The Murder House - American Horror Story Murder House
The brick facade has become rather iconic since the debut of Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story in 2011. The titular Murder House has made appearances in subsequent seasons, and is actually called Rosenheim Mansion, (not as catchy as Murder House, but still neat.) Also, not sure anything spooky or deviant has ever happened within the walls of this six-bedroom, five-bathroom house (that we know of) but it is gorgeous 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. While you may not be able to spend the night in the mansion, it is technically available to rent for productions. Not currently on the market, but you can check out the listing details here. 1120 Westchester Pl, Los Angeles, CA .
The Freeling Family Home - Poltergeist
They're here! Not too far outside Los Angeles, on Roxbury Street in the Simi Valley you'll find the real-life location of the housing tract built by the fictional Cuesta Verde housing development company from Tobe Hooper's Poltergeist. In the movie, the house is built atop a burial ground which causes all sorts of haunted shit to ensue. In reality, it's a private residence in a quiet suburb. People actually live here, so please don't go knocking 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 a reported $143,500. 4267 Roxbury St, Simi Valley, CA.
The Strode Family Home - Halloween
The current owners of the Strode family home embrace the history of their house with a basket on the porch and a note for fans to enjoy the enclosed prop pumpkin to pose with. The house sits on a corner and if you head off across the street from the library, you'll be standing in front of the driveway where Laurie's Dad has the Strode Realty car parked before warning Laurie, "Don't forget to drop the key off at the Myers' place." 1115 Oxley St, South Pasadena, CA.
Michael Myers' House - Halloween (1978)
Of course, then, our next obvious stop is the Myers' place (we love what Big John and Little John have done with the place!), which you can absolutely walk to from the Strode house. While you can't go inside the original Michael Myers house, you can stand out in front of the recognizable house, maybe even snag a picture on the front steps. Yet another location that is immortalized on film, but in reality does not capitalize on that audience. The blue-painted craftsman home is presently an office building, not open to the public. BUT there is an art gallery immediately behind the Myers house (SugarMynt, which you may recognize from FANGORIA Issue #13) that honors the rich horrific history of the area. Strolling through South Pasadena is essentially stepping right into Haddonfield, IL. The infamous hedge is also not too far from here. Currently off the market, as we patiently wait for it to become available. 1000 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA.
Amityville Horror House - The Amityville Horror
Let's venture out of California, way over to the opposite coast to the south shore of Long Island, NY. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house was the scene of a grisly 1974 murder, which became the subject of Jay Anson's 1977 bestselling book, The Amityville Horror, and of course, the 1979 movie of the same name. The actual house where the murders occurred was not used in the movie, the screen version is actually a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home located in New Jersey, that has since been remodeled and moved closer to the river. Apparently, after filming, the New Jersey town of Toms River implemented some pretty strict filming guidelines to dissuade future productions from setting up shop here. The four-bedroom, three-full, and two half-bathroom home boasts riverfront views and a seven-seat theater! 18 Brooks Road, Toms River, NJ.
The MacNeil Home - The Exorcist
In the suburbs of St. Louis, you will find an unassuming house that was once home to "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 allegedly performed in both locations. Author William Peter Blatty wrote The Exorcist after hearing about Doe's case. But if you want to see the home that became forever immortalized in Friedkin's film adaptation, you'll need to head to Washington, D.C. This three-bedroom, five-bathroom house was built in 1950 and is located at 3600 Prospect Street NW in Georgetown. And yes, those infamous stairs are nearby.
The National Timberline Lodge - The Shining
We'll technically do a triple threat here as the hotel that inspired Stephen King's Overlook Hotel is the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO while The National Timberline Lodge in Government Camp, Oregon was used for Kubrick's establishing exterior shot. Both of which you can visit and spend the night in. While the Overlook interiors were constructed on a studio backlot, Kubrick's inspiration for the look reportedly came from the Ahwahnee Hotel, in California's Yosemite National Park. One writer, one director, three states, three hotels. We're not sure how much these properties would set you back, but we are fairly certain it would be at the very least, a very cool investment. 27500 E Timberline Road, Government Camp, OR.
The Sawyer Family Home - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Saw is family! Originally located in Round Rock, Texas the home was relocated to Kingsland, Texas and good news... you can go inside! The building is now a restaurant. According to the website, "The house was purchased by The Antlers Inn in 1998. It was then dismantled, moved to Kingsland and completely refurbished. This Victorian house has been home to Grand Central Café since 2012." This iconic zero-bedroom (we love an open floorplan!) and one-bathroom home may be off the market, but is definitely worth a visit. 1010 King Ct, Kingsland, TX.
The Gas Station - The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
About forty miles outside of Austin sits an iconic fueling station. Lucky for us, this one is owned by a mega fan, which means not only can you visit the exterior of the infamous gas station, but you can also go inside for some horror memorabilia and yes... barbecue. The property may be off the market, but you can rent a cabin and spend the night at this bed and barbecue! The most ideal setup would be to grab a group of friends and rent the whole place out like your own private creepy little summer camp. There's a detailed visit in FANGORIA Issue #3 and you can also check out our 2021 Fango Field Trip to the gas station. 1073 TX-304, Bastrop, TX.
The Perron Family Home - The Conjuring
The home that inspired The Conjuring (The Farm On Round Top Road) is located in Harrisville, Rhode Island. This is where the Perron family actually lived when they called Ed and Lorraine Warren in for help with some apparent supernatural activity. The current owners offer tours of their "house that started a franchise." The house used in the movie 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 creepy! 405 Canetuck Road, Currie, North Carolina.
We have our eye on a few of these and our horror real estate wish list is ready to go! In the meantime, treat yourself and enjoy a little virtual shopping.