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Owner of 'haunted' house can't even give it away

Posted on Saturday, 2 May, 2020 | Comment icon 16 comments

Would you want to live here ? Image Credit: Facebook / Sylvia McLain
A Louisiana estate agent is having trouble giving away an unwanted house due to its haunted reputation.
The sizable four-bedroom house, which was built around 100 years ago, is currently available free of charge because the land it sits on has been purchased for development and the new owners are interested in preserving the history of the property by having it moved to a new location.

The only problem is - nobody seems to be willing or able to take possession of it.

According to former owner Dawn Vallot DeClout, whose family had lived in the house for generations, the building is still haunted by the ghost of her great grandmother Adele.

"She lived to be almost 90 and she was always digging in the pots, like when you have something on the stove and someone goes and looks in the pot and stirs it around," she said.
"She was well-known for that, and so when we lived there, we used to hear her all the time jangling the pots when we had something on the stove."

"You could hear somebody picking up the lid but there was nobody in the kitchen."

Estate agent Sylvia McLain, who has been promoting the house on Facebook, claims that a ghost hunting team had previously been brought in to help cleanse the house of any wayward spooks.

Given that restoring and relocating the 'free' house could cost upwards of $80,000 however, it's possible that interested parties could have more material concerns than supernatural ones.

Source: iHeartRadio | Comments (16)

Tags: Haunted

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Comment icon #7 Posted by and then on 1 May, 2020, 1:07
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.
Comment icon #8 Posted by thedutchiedutch on 1 May, 2020, 1:16
I like that a lot. That is great
Comment icon #9 Posted by Festina on 2 May, 2020, 13:07
Yep. †It doesnít look like a house worth moving ó it seems poorly made and nor does it†have any historical value. † How much does it cost to move a house? The cost of moving a house varies greatly depending on how itís moved, where itís moved, the homeís 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 al... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Seti42 on 2 May, 2020, 15:02
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.
Comment icon #11 Posted by C.J. on 2 May, 2020, 21:01
A free house and a spirit to help you cook?!?! Sign me up!!!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Jon the frog on 3 May, 2020, 16:50
Burn it down and claim the insurance, but you need to do it before you offer to give it...
Comment icon #13 Posted by Future_Ikann on 4 May, 2020, 14:12
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.
Comment icon #14 Posted by jbondo on 4 May, 2020, 17:14
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.
Comment icon #15 Posted by HollyDolly on 20 May, 2020, 13:41
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 lumb... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by the13bats on 20 May, 2020, 14:14
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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