Prospective homebuyers in Adelaide got a rude shock while perusing the online listings this weekend, and it wasn’t just the prices that had them gasping.
A very singular home saw pearls being clutched as buyers spotted a chilling hidden detail while flicking through the property’s online portfolio.
The expansive 19th century mansion at 10 Melory Crescent may boast sweeping views, five bedrooms, a swimming pool and a seemingly endless supply of fireplaces, but it was a peek into the basement that really had tongues wagging.
Jumping out at the hapless buyer is a shot of the basement which is filled with monstrous creations, from zombies, to a devil to an assortment of spiders, not made any less freaky by the proliferation of cobwebs that drape the ceiling.
The hilarious surprise is complemented by the more subtle decorations that pepper the upstairs rooms.
A grinning bust on the mantlepiece distracts from a sneaky skull in the fireplace in one of the lounge areas.
The more eagle-eyed observer may note the dramatic severity of the bedroom furniture, or the chilling art that dots the walls, including a troubled looking gentleman in a straight-jacket having a bad hair day.
A $1.5 million dream home
The listing describes the home as dripping in ‘mystery and intrigue’.
Forget timber floors and sweeping views, this bad boy is being sold off its similarity to the house of horrors at the centre of Hitchcock’s greatest psychological thriller, Psycho.
“The family of six (who own the home) best describe the fun and good times as Mrs Bates in the Hitchcock movie,” the listing states.
Speaking to Yahoo Lifestyle the real estate agent behind the ad, Anthony Toop, revealed the creatures in the cellar are actually the result of the elderly homeowner’s former passion for paper-mâché.
The homemade models were made for the children, and were reportedly a huge hit. Anthony revealed they decided to keep them in the property’s portfolio to convey the colour and life of the unique property.
Any prospective home buyer not won over by the paper-mâché penchant however, can rest easy. The house comes unfurnished, so the eclectic characters aren’t mandatory room mates unless you want them to be.
The property, Anthony explained, also comes with heritage listing and he expects it to be snapped up for a cool $1.5 million.
Throw in the costs of the renovations the 1856 mansion demands, and you could be the proud owner of the home, and despite the rather chilling vibe of the property, he fully expects it to be snapped up in no time.
If you have your eye on the creepy chateau, the official listing comes with some warning.
“Watch the cob webs, and don’t wear a suit. Brave people only, leave the kids at home or keep them supervised.”
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