We’ve reached the end of October and it’s time again for costume parties, scary movies, and, our favorite, haunted “Haus”-es! We’ve scanned the globe to locate the coolest and creepiest abodes. As a primer for this post, read this excellent New York Times article on the subject by Patricia Leigh Brown published back in 1987.
It’s no trick, we’re treating you to a ghoulish gallery of quirky, spooky, and funky paranormal pads and macabre mansions. Enjoy!
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House has been a popular film set for various movies from the 1959 House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price to the sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
The Winchester Mystery House is one our favorites due to its multiple doors and stairs that go nowhere, windows overlooking other rooms, and stairs with odd-sized risers. Apparently the house’s “designers” were out of this world! Allegedly, Sarah Winchester held nightly séances to ask the spirit world to help her design a house that would protect her from “bad” spirits.
We love The Dragspelhuset Accordion House from Sweden. It reminds us of a goblin’s cottage and is called the accordion house because it has an expandable room that can extend out over the adjacent pond.
Who can forget these famous haunted houses from the movies? We’ll concede that in the context of the story, the Overlook Hotel from The Shining counts as a single family residence…
This abandoned house in Wales, UK, known as the “Cloud House” by locals. Its inhabitants disappeared without a trace and left all of their belongings behind…
And if you’re in the market for a Devilish dwelling check out these real-life haunted residences up for sale…We’ll take John Lennon’s old apartment in the Dakota Building here in Manhattan! Wait. That’s not the Rosemary’s Baby apartment is it?
If you’re wondering how to design a frightfully delightful haunted house experience, check out this article on FastCoDesign.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!