Right in time for Halloween, a quiet residence in Illinois with a grisly past is the week’s most popular home on realtor.com®.
The unassuming brick family home sits on the very plot of ground where serial killer John Wayne Gacy buried 29 of his victims. The bodies were removed decades ago, and Gacy’s home, which once stood on the lot, was torn down in 1979. A new home was put up a few years later.
The passage of decades didn’t stop lookie-loos from clicking on the location where a creepy mass murderer once operated. And when they clicked, instead of something out of a Hollywood scary movie, what they found was a warm, serene space filled with light and ready for family fun. The question is whether the property’s past will deter buyers from taking the plunge.
Other spooky places attracting your attention this week included a half-remodeled house from 1880 in New York with many secrets to share and a legit log cabin in the woods being sold in a hurry in as-is condition.
For those looking to make a quick getaway from the clutches of evil, there’s even a tiny house on wheels with solar power ready to tow to an undisclosed location.
It’s a list filled with real estate scares and nightmares, with more than a few deals and steals to be found along the way. Get in the Halloween spirit and scroll on through—if you dare!
Why it’s here: With $50,000 worth of renovations already completed, this house is looking for an owner who will fully resuscitate this historic home. Built in 1880, the three-bedroom house sits on a half-acre lot. Recently completed upgrades include a new roof, water line, a repaired foundation, a gutted and reconfigured kitchen, and new electric service.
Why it’s here: This oh-so-charming Cape Cod is updated and move-in ready. The three-bedroom home features an updated stainless kitchen, hardwood floors, a big yard, and generous front porch, and it’s located within walking distance of shopping and dining.
Why it’s here: Looking to go off the grid? Roll right into this tiny house on wheels. Built in 2016, this mobile residence comes with solar panels, a 50-gallon water tank, and a washing machine! If you don’t mind sleeping in a loft, this is your opportunity to hit the road or to plant this place on land you already own.
Why it’s here: This four-bedroom antebellum home known as the Wardlaw-Steele Mansion was built in 1942. The original details and craftsmanship, including woodwork, pocket doors, and hardwood floors, are still in beautiful condition. A detached guesthouse is also included.
Why it’s here: Over the past two years, the current owners have worked painstakingly to restore the 1791 home of Abijah Buck, the founder of Buckfield. The over 2,700-square-foot Colonial home has been featured in several publications and is on Maine’s Historic Preservation List. It sits on a hill on over 30 acres filled with several varieties of fruit trees and open fields.
Why it’s here: Built in full-blown antebellum style, this mansion dates only to 1993. However, the huge home needs some work and has already been prequalified for a fixer-upper loan, according to the listing details. There’s also an additional 3,500 square feet of space in the unfinished basement.
Why it’s here: Former NFL linebacker Kevin Hardy is selling this enormous estate, built to combine the best of work, play, and family life into one massive, five-star complex. The over-the-top property includes an 8,000-square-foot main house with luxe living quarters. But the true highlight is the entertainment zone, featuring a theater room, gaming house with bar, batting cage, putting green, and a heated, beachside entry pool.
Why it’s here: This cute three-bedroom log cabin in South Jersey was built in 1975 and is being sold as is. The nearly 3-acre property also includes a detached garage with its own one-bedroom apartment. Other highlights include a porch with swing, a side deck, a sunroom with hot tub, and skylights that fill the home with plenty of natural light.
Why it’s here: Baseball Hall of Famer John Smoltz has been trying to sell his estate for years. He’s now priced the 20-acre property below its 2019 appraisal price, in an effort to attract a buyer. The gated, secure, 20-acre European-style main house has 10 bedrooms and more than 18,000 square feet. The listing calls the backyard a “private resort” with golf, baseball, basketball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, football, soccer, and a fishing pond.
Why it’s here: This sunny and nondescript family home is built on land that was once the burial spot of many of the victims of the serial killer John Wayne Gacy. Seven years after Gacy’s grisly crime spree, his house was torn down, and this 2,500-square-foot property was built in its place. Today, it’s a lovely family home featuring an updated kitchen, a huge backyard, dining room, a living room with two-sided fireplace, a large second-story loft, and a new roof. For a buyer who doesn’t buy into bad juju, it’s a perfectly fine buy in the Chicago suburbs.
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