The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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October 24, 2012

Surreal estate

What’s scarier than selling a home in the off-season? The lingering surreal estate market — the most spirited homes for sale in the U.S., as listed on toptenrealestatedeals.com’s annual ‘Top Ten Scariest Homes For Sale’ list.

This year’s list has some ‘spooktacular’ options that will raise the hair on the backs of the necks of even the bravest souls! Homes for sale where you might find yourself sitting down to breakfast with Ma Barker and her ghostly gang, or haunted inns where you might be the only guests counted among the living.

 

1. The Sowden House, Los Angeles, Calif.

December 21, 2012 has rumors swirling all around it, most involving the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright, didn’t have the end times in mind when he designed this ‘Mayan Revival’ styled home for his friend John Sowden in 1927, or the end of the life of Elizabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia murder.

This Hollywood home is where the movie “The Aviator” was filmed, as well as “Project Runway, Season 6” and has the warm inviting feel of the movie “Apocalypto.”

One might expect as they’re walking through this magnificent 5,600-square-foot home to step on the wrong floor tile and to be chased by a large rolling boulder out the front door. As you’re running for your life through the house, don’t miss the walls of vegetation, courtyard pool or large open rooms that give you that warm, welcoming “Mayan Temple” feel. This is the kind of home that says to your friends, “Hey we can sit by the pool and enjoy a fire on the patio, or sacrifice someone to the sun god, it could go either way tonight…who wants margaritas?!”

Listing price: $3,850,000

http://sowdenhouse.com/

Email:sowdenhouse@yahoo.com

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