All Hallow’s Eve might feel a little bit different in these New York mansions. Both are known for playing host to a few unwanted guests. That’s right, these homes come with a haunted history and paranormal activity, too. But one can’t help but marvel at their allure!
Which is more you? Get spooky with it in this week’s Splurge vs. Steal.
Splurge: Spooktacular New York Lefferts-Laidlaw House Comes With A Haunted History
First, we take you to the Lefferts-Laidlaw House. Expect a few ghostly greetings from this gorgeous Greek Revival. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom Brooklyn, New York mansion has a few skeletons in its past. But more importantly, it’s a rare surviving example of freestanding temple-front architecture, making it a great find for those who aren’t afraid of a few measly spirits.
Loveproperty.com reveals, “This mansion in the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Wallabout has experienced so much paranormal activity that it was written about in The New York Times. The four-bedroom house is recognised by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as a rare example of a temple-fronted Greek Revival building and is one of only a few surviving structures of its kind in this part of Kings County.”
From the listing we learn, “Historian William Pierson observed that a temple-form building was set in isolation so that it stood apart from its environment as an object of large and simple beauty, poised, rhythmic, and absolute.”
And it definitely stands out. The mansion’s beauty is undeniable. But the hauntings? Well that’s for you to decide. Some of the rumors include activity from a Union Army Officer and spooky doorbell rings when no one is around. Others hear bricks crashing through the door and rattling and banging on a couple of rear doors.
The home affords 2,256 square feet with four decorative fireplaces and eclectic interiors adorned with unique moldings, floors, and walls. The best part? Aside from the stunning façade, it sits close to the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Fort Greene Park, and all the local Brooklyn haunts.
Micha Hendel with Compass has listed 136 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, New York for $3.42 million.
Steal: The Pillars Estate Features A Library, Parlor, Pond And More
Next, we offer up a stately steal. Okay, so our steal is currently off-market, but it really is worth a look.
The Pillars Estate is ripe with tales from the unknown. It has six bedrooms, three-full-and-one-half-bathrooms, plus five gas fireplaces, and grand spaces to host haunted evenings with friends.
The ballroom with custom bar really catches our eye. As do the ghoulish interiors with period pieces and sparkling chandeliers. Take a closer look and you might spot an orb or two. And nearly all of the photos reflect an otherworldly aura.
According to Loveproperty.com, “The estate had previously been left in ruins for several decades but a renovation in 2006 appears to have raised a couple of spirits. The rumour mill started when the owner saw a child peering out of the basement window and not long after that, a workman said he heard a child talking to him. Since then, a woman in white has been seen lounging in one of the luxurious bedrooms and owners have heard strange footsteps behind them on the stairs.”
Cheryl Wirth with Woodroe Realty represented 13800 County House Road, Albion, New York which sold in July 2020 with a list price of $450,000.
Are you brave enough to take one of these mysterious mansion on? Tell us why or why not in the comments.