For sale: A 1901 Victorian. Four bedrooms, 2½ baths. Hardwood floors, wet bar, desirable neighborhood.
Oh, and it's haunted. But only a little. If nothing else, Gregory Leeson's listing on the real estate website Zillow.com for his home at 1217 Marion St. in Dunmore is an attention-grabber. After a brief description of the home's physical attributes, the listing gets right to the point:
"Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though. e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps. A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13 am, maybe once a week. Twice a week, tops. And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror. Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom."
Since he and his wife, Sandi, listed the house for sale for $144,000 on Sunday, there has been little rest, though the home's purported preternatural occupants are not to blame.
"We have gotten a million emails about it," Mr. Leeson, 35, said Friday. "Just weeding through all the emails trying to find the people who are really interested is kind of a pain.
"But a lot of people, if they are actually interested, are calling, and we are getting a lot of phone calls from people's Realtors, which makes it easier because if they have a Realtor, they are actually looking for a house."
There have been other calls, of course. National media outlets have reached out to the couple, and there have been the inevitable inquiries from what Mr. Leeson called "all those annoying ghost-hunter shows."
"Everyone wants to come and do an investigation," he said...
The couple is scheduled to conduct an open house on Dec. 29.
Built in 1901, this Victorian home in the Hollywood section of Dunmore features 1850 sf of living space with an additional 1350 sf of partially finished space. Original hardwood floors throughout entire home. 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms. Off-street parking. Freshly painted. New moulding throughout entire first floor. Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though. e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps. A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13am, maybe once a week. Twice a week, tops. And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror. Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom.
First floor features:
Large living room with an open staircase, stainglass window and a large picture window.
Large dining room with bay windows.
A study/library with another stainglass window and a secret door behind a moving bookcase which leads into a small office.
Kitchen features gas stove top, built-in oven and built-in dishwasher, tile counter top. Stairs leading to basement and a rear staircase leading upstairs. Also has enclosed porch/mudroom.
Full 1st floor bath, very nice tile work and fixtures.
9 foot ceilings throughout 1st floor.
Second floor features:
4 bedrooms. The 2 front bedrooms are separated by double louvered doors. Perfect for a Master Bedroom/Nursery set-up. 3 tall windows in each of the 4 bedrooms.
Huge 2nd Floor full bath with large Victorian bathtub and very large closet.
Large unfinished crawl space behind concealed door hidden in bedroom closet. Very strange area, but perfect for storage.
Rear stairs leading down to kitchen.
Stairs leading up to huge attic.
Huge walk-up attic is partially finished. Spray-foam insulation, wired and three quarters of the way drywalled. Can easily be completed for an additional 400sf of living space. Very tall vaulted ceiling, dormers, 4 windows and rounded turret section (one of the coolest features in the whole house.)
Basement features very large wet bar. Has sink and built-in tap system. Very large space and high ceilings. Basement has nice layout and can also be converted into living space. Also features a half bath.
All around a beautiful home with lots of updates and tons of charm. Must see.