Monday, January 27, 2014

A "Slightly Haunted" Victorian FSBO

Hooked on Houses found a FSBO listing for a "slightly haunted" Victorian. Here's a picture of the house.

Cute, isn't it?

The listing states:

"Built in 1901, this Victorian home in the Hollywood section of Dunmore features 1850 sf of living space with an additional 1350 sf of partially finished space. Original hardwood floors throughout entire home. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Off-street parking. Freshly painted. New moulding throughout entire first floor. Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though. e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps. A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13am, maybe once a week. Twice a week, tops. And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror. Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom."

Fabulous. This is exactly what a Dogwood Falls Realty listing would look like. My favorite part is "hardly noticeable, even." I can totally picture my main character saying that. But, really, what's a little phantom screaming if you get original hardwood floors and stained glass windows? I mean look at this foyer.

And maybe this is the bathroom where a "ghastly visage" lurks behind you when you look in the mirror? I respect a homeowner who decorates around the paranormal phenomena. I love the purple walls and the matching paint job on the clawed foot bathtub.

The house is located in Dunmore, PA and it's a steal at $144K. Nearby Scranton has quite the paranormal history, including the de riguer ghost tours. It has no less than FIVE paranormal investigations groups, as well as a Harry Houdini Museum with its own Psychic Theatre, which carries out group seances.

I'm saving this for when someone tells me that my "small town contemporary" is a little too fantastic. Guess what? Life is a little too fantastic. You just have to look in the right places.