Trulia’s unnatural hazard zone of Zombies, Vampires, and Ghosts

Trulia Unnatural HazardsMapRealtors and real estate home buyers reference Natural Hazard Zone maps to see where earthquake fault zones, 100 year floodplain zones, liquefaction and other zones may be.

How about the UN natural zones of Halloween lore?

Trulia has put together another useful article to advise home buyers (who aren’t scared) where to stake out a home to purchase. Few quick tips:

·        Avoid the walking dead, don’t visit Providence, RI.  (Been there, cool place. But Salem didn’t make the list?)

·        Don’t want to be the next victim in a Stephanie Meyer “Twilight” novel, stay clear of San Diego, CA. (But you must go!  The Whaley House is calling!)

·        Not all ghosts are friendly like Casper so skipping a trip to the Big Easy (New Orleans, LA) will keep you free of the unwanted haunting. (That’s three for three of absolute must-see places. So what if they are all a little haunted?)

They include three different lists – one for most likely to have zombies, another for vampires, and a third for ghosts.  I only believe in one out of three but think it’s a great bunch of lists just the same.

Example of data – Where vamps go after coming out of the coffins.

# Urban Area Blood Banks and Hospitals Per 50,000 People
1 San Diego CA 3.2
2 Austin TX 3.0
3 San Francisco–Oakland CA 2.5
4 Louisville/Jefferson County KY–IN 2.4
5 New Orleans LA 2.3
6 Oklahoma City OK 2.3
7 Boston MA–NH–RI 2.2
8 Seattle WA 2.2
9 San Antonio TX 2.2
10 Phoenix–Mesa AZ 2.2


Now go check out the full article yourself.  Have fun!

Selling a haunted home

got ghostsAlthough it’s a seller’s market in Silicon Valley and throughout the country, at least in most areas, it’s virtually never a big plus for the home owner to need to disclose that his or her house for sale is haunted.  Looking for buyers who want to live with ghosts is harder than finding a needle in a haystack, it’s more like finding a needle in a warehouse of hay!

Today I read an article with some excellent information and guidance on selling a haunted home.  Here’s the link, check it out:

How to sell a haunted house


Quote from the article, which is a nice summary:

Basically, there are two scenarios:

  • You may be legally required to say something about your haunted house and subject to a possible lawsuit down the road if you don’t;
  • you may be able to say and do absolutely nothing.

Want to live in a ghost town – for free?

Recently a family member spotted an article of interest in House Beautiful to the readers of this blog: Dream Job Alert: Live in a Haunted Ghost Town — for Free! (Talk about having interesting neighbors.)

Here’s a snippet – click on the link below to see the entire article.

It may not be tops on your bucket list, but admit it: The idea of staying, even just for a night, in a ghost town sounds intriguing. Well, now you can — and all for free. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help manage Garnet Ghost Town, a Montana mining town more that’s more than 100 years old, and has been mostly abandoned for nearly that long.

As part of the deal, residents will assist the full-time professional staff in guiding tours, maintaining the historic structures, and brushing and cutting trails. Fans of modern amenities, beware: The town has no electricity, running water, or wi-fi. But housing is free, and the Bureau will even provide a small stipend to volunteers.

Teru Oshima has mapped out stigmatized locations in Japan

The Wall Street Journal ran a very interesting story this week – just in time for Halloween – about a very clever entrepreneur who has mapped out stigmatized locations in Japan:

“Mr. Oshima has built one of Japan’s most popular real-estate websites by compiling anonline map showing properties with histories of ghastly events. In Japan, that is valuable information: Landlords often give a discount to renters willing to take property that has a stigma.”

At the end of the day, everyone cares about real estate values!

Read the article here:

Haunted Toys R Us in Sunnyvale, California (parts 1 and 2)

And next, part 2

House Of Horrors – Haunted House Music from 1920s and 30s

My son found this house of horrors medley from the 1920s or so on YouTube – love it. Enjoy!

On location: real estate sites for horror movies

OK, this isn’t exactly haunted real estate, but it’s a related genre and we are almost at Halloween – a holiday for all sorts of boys and ghouls, sweet and scary costumes.  So let’s digress today and check out a real estate site that is featuring set locations for horror films, Wrong Move (part of the website).

All Hallows Estate in England sounds like the ideal place for vacationers wanting to avoid the sun. Seems to be the home of Eddie Kruger – I don’t watch horror movies myself but getting that Nightmare on Elm Street vibe:

Enclosed by forest and situated under the shadow of Mount Hood, the estate is often shrouded by a cloak of fog and darkness and receives far less sunlight than the national average. This unique location is perfect for families and couples who enjoy the outdoors. All Hallows Estate has been commended for its picturesque Lake of Eden and currently holds the record for the world’s largest graveyard.

Off on the right sidebar, find loads of links to other set locations of creepy films sure to keep you from sleeping peacefully at night.

Happy reading.  And Happy Halloween!

Savannah’s haunted homes

got ghostsThe first “haunted tours” in the U.S. happened in scenic Savannah, Georgia – a place I’ve wanted to visit forever but haven’t yet been able to see.  Someday soon, I hope!  Meanwhile, I’ll do some armchair traveling and invite you to join me in doing so. . . .

This morning I got a nice email from a writer at Zerve, Emily Morris, who enjoys this blog and wanted to call my attention to an article of hers on their site: Celebrate Halloween by Discovering Your Town’s Spooky History.  Have a read and check out the other links for spooky tours around the country. You’ll want to put Savannah on your “must see” list too!

Happy Halloween!® Haunted Housing Report: 62 Percent of Respondents Open to Purchasing a Haunted Home

Haunted Houses studyToday,, the leader in online real estate, operated by Move, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOVE), released the results of its Haunted Housing Report, which ran on® from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 and explored consumer sentiments around haunted real estate. Survey results from nearly 1,400 respondents reveal consumer thresholds for purchasing haunted houses for sale, past experiences with spooky homes, popular “warning signs” of a haunted home, expected discounts when buying haunted houses for sale and intolerable scary occurrences.

“When purchasing a home, buyers want to know what they are getting into and that includes anything potentially spooky. Our data reveals that while the majority of consumers are open to purchasing a haunted home, many buyers conduct research on a home’s history to be aware of any weird incidences,” said Alison Schwartz, VP of corporate communications for Move. “Additionally,® data finds that while some respondents are willing to purchase a haunted home at a discounted price, many say levitating objects, ghost sightings and seeing objects move from one place to another would deter them from purchasing a home.”

Sentiment regarding a haunted home purchase:

  • 26 percent of respondents indicated that they would consider purchasing a haunted house for sale;
  • 36 percent shared that they might consider a haunted home purchase;
  • 38 percent revealed that they would not consider a haunted home purchase.

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Looking for a haunted hotel room?

Haunted Hotel Rooms in the U.S.Is your idea of a great vacation one in which you stay in a haunted hotel room?  It’s not mine – I don’t actually want to sleep with ghosts – but apparently many of my readers love the idea!  So today’s your lucky day, if that’s your goal.  There’s a wonderful resource for finding haunted hotel rooms:

A quick look at the site reveals an intuitive layout (would you expect less for something related to the paranormal?).  The visitor can use a quick search tool by city or state, or instead navigate a map to located the ideal haunt.

Additionally, if you are the proprietor of a spooky site, you may also add your abode to the directory.

Right now there are over 100 hotels listed, with more coming online all the time.

Finally, this site is an expansion of another one in Great Britain, so for those of you who really want to go the extra mile, have a look at this website too: .

Happy trails!

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