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Eldorado

The Haunted House that nobody wants

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Eldorado
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"Dawn Vallot DeClout, who used to live in the house, claims the house is haunted and that the spirit is her great grandmother Adele who was known for 'meddling in the kitchen'."

At the Lad Bible: https://www.ladbible.com/news/weird-owners-struggle-to-get-rid-of-haunted-house-20200430

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XenoFish

From the looks of it, I'd say its decrepit. Probably has mold issues, maybe asbestos. 

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thedutchiedutch

I am surprised that paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters or Haunted USA are not lined up for trying to buy these kind of places.

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acute

It's haunted!

By ghosts! :o

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susieice
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It would cost tens of thousands to move it but you also need to buy the land to put it on. Plus the cost of making it livable. Not to mention water lines, electricity, sewer would need to be installed.  Way too much money for a house like that. They'd do better to just level it and build.

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Piney
2 hours ago, XenoFish said:

From the looks of it, I'd say its decrepit. Probably has mold issues, maybe asbestos. 

Depression Era house...meh, it was crap when it was first built......

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XenoFish
9 minutes ago, Piney said:

Depression Era house...meh, it was crap when it was first built......

Buy the land, tear it down and build something nice.

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and then
2 hours ago, thedutchiedutch said:

I am surprised that paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters or Haunted USA are not lined up for trying to buy these kind of places.

The city of Mobile, Alabama, had a similar kind of refurbishment grant for some older anteBellum homes that were in dire need of renovation.  The house and lot sold for a dollar but the purchaser had to refurbish it to a special code for that type of historical property.  It worked there.  The downtown area went from a combat zone after dark to a lively business district with lots of bars and restaurants.  Those old homes are worth a LOT today.

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thedutchiedutch
7 minutes ago, and then said:

The city of Mobile, Alabama, had a similar kind of refurbishment grant for some older anteBellum homes that were in dire need of renovation.  The house and lot sold for a dollar but the purchaser had to refurbish it to a special code for that type of historical property.  It worked there.  The downtown area went from a combat zone after dark to a lively business district with lots of bars and restaurants.  Those old homes are worth a LOT today.

I like that a lot. That is great :)

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Festina
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On 4/30/2020 at 4:07 PM, susieice said:

It would cost tens of thousands to move it but you also need to buy the land to put it on. Plus the cost of making it livable. Not to mention water lines, electricity, sewer would need to be installed.  Way too much money for a house like that. They'd do better to just level it and build.

Yep.  It doesn’t look like a house worth moving — it seems poorly made and nor does it have any historical value.  

https://www.realtor.com/advice/buy/how-much-does-it-cost-to-move-a-house/

How much does it cost to move a house?

The cost of moving a house varies greatly depending on how it’s moved, where it’s moved, the home’s size, and the length of the move. The labor cost of moving a house often starts at about $14 per square foot. That doesn't take into account other costs, such as building a new foundation and permitting.

The total cost of moving a home ranges from as little as $15,000 all the way to $200,000.

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Seti42

Of course there's no takers. As others have pointed out, this house is a money pit.
Personally, if I were the owner of it and the property its on, I'd lease the land to someone who's willing to pay for demolition in exchange for a discount in rent. Either that, or sell the whole damn lot. It sounds like the people who own it want to have their cake and eat it too. They apparently don't want to pay for demolition, restoration, or anything...Yet they want to keep the land and potentially develop it.

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C.J.

A free house and a spirit to help you cook?!?! Sign me up!!!

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Jon the frog

Burn it down and claim the insurance, but you need to do it before you offer to give it...

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Future_Ikann

funny, cost to move, land, permits, then have to take off the back room. and more than likely chop the roof. Not exactly free... estimate is about $70k on the cheap side. could be as much as $200k depending on distance. definitely not free. not even a registered historic home. definitely not worth it.

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jbondo
On 4/30/2020 at 6:07 PM, susieice said:

It would cost tens of thousands to move it but you also need to buy the land to put it on. Plus the cost of making it livable. Not to mention water lines, electricity, sewer would need to be installed.  Way too much money for a house like that. They'd do better to just level it and build.

Absolutely. Even without the alleged haunting, the odds of anyone taking this house are slim and none. Moving a dump like that and entailing all the costs you mention, would cost more than buying a much better house you don't have to move. However, many people see that word "haunted" and they lose all logic.

The gov sells (attempts to sell) buildings all the time with the stipulation that they be moved and even with them, their aren't many takers for much more valuable structures.

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HollyDolly

some probably see it as a money pit,however, watch some of the house shows on HGTV like Good Bones,Bargain Mansions,Flip or Flop et. A&E has  Flipping Vegas with Scott Yancy and his wife who are real estate agents. You should see some of the houses he buys,they are horrible but he fixes them up and sells them.Some of the ones on Good Bones are bad too.Home Town ,Good Bones, etc. fix up old houses make them really nice. Is the house historic, no.It isn't a Montgomery Wards or Sears Honor Built Home, nor a Sterling,Aladdin or Lewis-Liberty home.There were all kit houses of the 1900s.The lumber was all numbered and cut to fit.You got paint, hardware, glass windows,etc.In New Braunfels is a Sears House.There was the Sears Sunbeam in McQueeny, which i guess was  purchased and moved, and outside of  New Braunfels is an Aladdin Shadowlawn.The place is all over grown. Near Alamo Heights in San Antonio  is the Alamo Quarry marketplace. It used to be a Portland Cement   quarry, and there was even a company town there, named Cementville.The workers homes were furnished by the Pacific Ready Cut Homes Company out of California.They later gave up the house business and started building surfboards, no joke.

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the13bats

Hollydolly, i cant speak for home reality shows but all the car resto and picker shows are simply fake for the sake of entertainment,

 

 

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