HOUSES OF HOR­ROR

Th­ese prop­er­ties may have some­thing that’s fright­fully fa­mil­iar about them

Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

W ould you – or could you – live in a creepy or haunted house? Mort­gage ad­vis­ers from Which? take the scare out of pur­chas­ing.

SHUF­FLE ALONG AND SEE THIS ONE

Hit zom­bie se­ries The Walk­ing Dead, which re­cently re­turned to Fox for a new se­ries, was partly filmed in Greene Farm­house, Senoia, Ge­or­gia, United States.

The prop­erty has a gen­er­a­tor and five fresh­wa­ter wells.

Sounds good? Un­til you meet the in­hab­i­tants. So de­mand very va­cant pos­ses­sion.

It’s worth about £ 448,000. You would need a £ 44,800 de­posit.

STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAP­PENED

If you are look­ing for a low cost fright- fest, then try the £ 76,000 prop­erty in Stranger Things – which re­turned to Net­flix for a sec­ond se­ries re­cently – with its miss­ing chil­dren and psy­choki­netic folk.

On the plus side, the three- bed­room home in Hawkins, In­di­ana, is near a good school and lo­cal jobs.

It needs mod­ernising though... and per­haps ex­or­cis­ing.

STOP CLOWNING AROUND

The prop­erty at 29 Nei­bolt Street, Derry, Maine is a spa­cious 5,000 sq ft. With a quiet lo­ca­tion, it’s “ideal for a fam­ily” at £ 288,000 ( de­posit £ 28,800).

But it’s in the movie IT – in cin­e­mas now – where a preda­tory shapeshifter can trans­form it­self into its prey’s worst fears.

But be­cause it is not hab­it­able at the mo­ment, most mort­gage lenders will scream and won’t touch it.

You would need spe­cial­ist re­fur­bish­ment fi­nance to re­turn the prop­erty to its one- time glory. BACK IN BLACK Back in the UK, Eel Marsh House in Cry­thin Gif­ford, Northum­bria, will set you back £ 1,440,000. You would need at least a £ 144,000 de­posit.

It would make a spec­tac­u­lar home – high ceil­ings, huge stair­case, stained glass win­dows and wow- fac­tor chan­de­liers.

But it’s also the set­ting for fright­ener Woman In Black with its mys­te­ri­ous deaths.

The prop­erty’s le­gal own­er­ship is also un­der a shroud, and some of the neigh­bours are less than wel­com­ing.

MAKE THE GHOST OF IT

If your bud­get is lower, and you don’t mind mov­ing to the US state of Con­necti­cut, there’s a great, re­cently ren­o­vated home in Win­ter River with a new kitchen and porch for

£ 589,000 ( de­posit £ 58,900). There’s only one dis­ad­van­tage. The pre­vi­ous own­ers died but they are now ghosts haunt­ing the prop­erty. There’s also another ghost – Betel­geuse ( pro­nounced Beetle­juice) – who scares away new in­hab­i­tants. This could cause mort­gage prob­lems as lenders of­ten run a mile from prop­er­ties where the pre­vi­ous own­ers still think they live there and ap­pear unan­nounced when­ever they want.

An­drew Lin­coln as Rick in The Walk­ing Dead IT’s a good one: The house fea­tured in re­cent hor­ror flick IT could be yours for £ 228,000

The house from The Woman In Black, star­ring Daniel Rad­cliffe

With Alex Neill of Which?

Michael Keaton in 1988 movie Beetle­juice

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