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Spooktacular Homes: Top 10 Haunted Homes, Ghost Towns & Insane Asylums For Sale

Silence Of The Lambs
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According to the real estate website TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, a number of haunted homes, ghost towns and insane asylums are for sale – just in time for Halloween.

It’s getting terrifying out there and it’s not just because of Halloween. Crazed politicians with twisted smiles on every TV station and evil clowns roaming the country attacking unsuspecting passersby.  It is almost as scary as buying a new home. Or, perhaps even a ghost town or insane asylum. Many haunted homes are for sale, including several with big price reductions and very motivated sellers.

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In Michigan, a former mental asylum that was so big it had its own zip code, bakery and fire department is for sale at $1.5 million. The Detroit area asylum was part of Eloise, a complex of 76 buildings spread over 902 acres. Stories of ghosts, screaming former patients and jars of human body parts have surrounded the complex for years.  

In New York, a beautiful and extensively remodeled 5,000-square-foot home with five bedrooms and three baths on the water in Long Island is available.  The storied house from the “Amityville Horror” movies is back on the market and priced to sell for $850,000 which is down from the $1.15 million dollar asking price just a few years earlier.

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In Pennsylvania, proof that wealth does not bring happiness is shown by the tragedies experienced by the A.B. Widener family who built the 110-room Lynnewood Hall. When he invested with J.P. Morgan in the White Star Line, little did Widener know that his son and grandson would die on the maiden voyage of its flagship, Titanic.  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 only residents and legacy as the world’s largest ghost house. The mansion was listed at $20 million in 2014 and dropped to $16.5 million in 2015.

Many people tell of seeing Santa Claus in the middle of the night, but for those who drive U.S. Route 93 through the sweltering Mojave Desert between Phoenix and Las Vegas, the abandoned town of Santa Claus, Arizona surely sends a creepy shiver down their spines. Most recently for sale in the 1980s at $95,000, all that remains today are tattered skeletons of buildings, the weathered Santa Claus sign and the sad remnants of the children’s Christmas train now covered with graffiti.  And with global warming, even Santa’s North Pole home may be in jeopardy. There are rumors that some of Santa’s elves are considering a move to a Florida condo.

Visit TopTenRealEstateDeals.com for all Top 10 Haunted Houses, Ghost Towns and Insane Asylums for sale.

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.