Antique Shop: Dead People’s Stuff

Jim and I have family visiting the Great Lakes area, and recently shared this photo with me. Thought my audience would appreciate it!

Northport, MI Antique Store

“Dead People’s Stuff” – Northport, MI Antique Store

The Haunted Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco

If you love haunted real estate, then touring the gorgeous and spooky Queen Anne Hotel in San Francisco should be on your bucket list.  I was there with my extended family as part of a ghost walk in SF some years ago, and found it to be one of the most interesting places in The City.

Queen Anne Hotel - haunted tour in San Francisco

Miss Mary Lake’s Bedroom

 

I’m intuitive and have sometimes had experiences that you might call paranormal, though nothing huge – and I’ve never “seen” a ghost. At the Queen Anne Hotel, though, I did feel a large cold spot – and I wasn’t the only relative to do so in that spacious Victorian.

Like any good tourist, I snapped some digital photos (and like any decent ghost hunter, I hoped there would be something of interest on the images later).  One photograph that I took of the staircase had a least 3 orbs that I can make out. I know, they could be dust…. Here’s the original photo, and after that the same one but zoomed in, with increased brightness, and the 3 orbs circled in green.

Queen Ann Hotel in San Francisco - orbs untouched

 

And next, zoomed in, lightened, with the round white blobs circled.

Queen Ann Hotel in San Francisco - orbs

 

This hotel has been written about numerous times, both because of its charming ghost hostess and because of its history and lovely accommodations.

From TripSavvy last December: Haunted Hotels: San Francisco’s Queen Anne (Check out the orb in the photo of Mary Lake’s bedroom over the right side of the bed!)

SF Gate article from last October – rather full of unproven scandal, but touching on history nicely otherwise:
The senator, the schoolteacher and the scandal of San Francisco’s famed haunted hotel

The tour we took, years ago, was via the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour, and this lovely inn was only one of a few fascinating stops along the way that we were introduced to by Jim Fassbinder, the owner of the company (there’s a different person giving the tours now, but Jim apparently continues to be the proprietor). I recall that seeing the inside of the hotel was not guaranteed then – and the site listed for the tour does not mention it at all, only that there’s an unnamed indoor location that might be a part of the tour. I’m hoping that if you do the tour, it will work out that you can see the inside of the hotel as part of it, but of course the tour is a lot of fun even without it.

Water Fountain Suitable Only For Ghosts

Jim and I had a 2 night getaway to Monterey earlier this month, and found a walled off hot tub, no longer in use. Alongside of it was an equally unused water fountain. Made me think that only the ghosts of nearby Cannery Row might be able to tolerate it.

2018-09-13 Water Fountain fit for ghosts

And in case it is not clear enough:

Water fountain closeup

Films Featuring Haunted Homes

A number of cultures like to tell spooky stories in the heat of summer. Getting the chills from a spine-tingling tale is a surefire way to cool down on a hot day. One of the most well known signifiers of a ghostly presence is a temperature drop – so do you think you’d like to hang out with a chilly spectre during one of these heat waves? Or maybe you might just take this as inspiration and hunker down with a cool drink and enjoy a good film with a haunted home.

 

Films with haunted homes:

Please note that many of these are childrens films – ghosts don’t appear to be popular subjects for dramas or mysteries, and horror films (and the comedies that make fun of them) often tell the stories of poltergeists and demons, not ghosts. I have tried to make that distinction in the movies listed here.

Beetlejuice (1988)

Young married couple die in an accident and are required to haunt their home for the next umpteen years – but the new resident’s aren’t ideal. Bonus – there’s plenty of real estate with a home sale and renovation (a great film for a young couple buying their first home)!

Coraline (2009)

Stop-motion film based on the Neil Gaiman novel by the same name. The wicked spirit “other mother” entices children of the house to stay with her forever – and lose their lives in the process. Coraline, the newest would-be victim of the  is aided by the ghosts of her predecessors who still haunt the home. The same studio created ParaNorman, featuring a boy with the gift to see, and befriend, ghosts.

The Canterville Ghost (1944, 1996)

Two adaptations of the Oscar Wilde novel about the tragic story of a ghost awaiting his salvation for centuries, trapped in the family home.

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

When a widow moves into a cottage haunted by a deceased sea captain an odd romance begins to form.

The Uninvited (1944)

Why’s the home so cheap? Ghosts, of course! And not the happy kind.

The Harry Potter Series

The castle is both school and home to the students and teachers of Hogwarts, and Moaning Myrtle and Nearly Headless Nick may be some of the most famous fictional hauntings of contemporary storytelling.

The Haunted Mansion (2003)

This flop of a comedy was based on the Disneyland ride of the same name. We preferred the ride.

13 Ghosts (1960)

Dr Zorba collected ghosts, now that he’s dead, his relatives inherit the house – it comes with the ghosts.

The Changeling (1980)

A tormented ghost tries desperately to communicate with the new resident.

Casper the Friendly Ghost

See him in comic books, tv, and the big screen – the friendliest ghost of them all! He lives in a haunted home occupied, of course, by his ghost uncles and Casper.

Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968)

A man begins to believe in ghosts after he accidentally summons the ghost of pirate Blackbeard, who is cursed to roam the Earth until he performs one good deed.

Special Mentions:

 

Field of Dreams (1989)

Not a haunted home, but a haunted cornfield.

The Ghost Busters

All of the films and television series may have to deal with more threatening supernatural powers, but they have their own addressing haunts in the apartments, subways, and streets of New York.

Topper (1937)

Goofy film about a couple of reckless ghosts who choose to mess with their friends. And guess what? It sparked spinoffs like Topper Takes a Trip (1938) Topper Returns (1941) and the TV series Topper (1953-1955).

The Addams Family

The Addams Family haunted house is famous and iconic, however, though we know it is haunted, we never get to meet these residents or see much proof that they are there (though you may question how alive a disembodied hand might be).

The Sixth Sense (1999)

I don’t think this one needs an explanation, but if you don’t recognize the name: “I see dead people,” should spark some memories.

Truly Madly Deeply (1990), Heart and Souls (1993), Ghost (1990)

                These each feature ghosts attached to an individual, not a property

The Haunting (1963) & The Shining (1980)

It’s hard to tell how to label this – a psychological thriller, a haunted house horror, or a poltergeist film, so I’ll leave it in the “not quite” section.

Hamlet, Macbeth, Christmas Carol& more

Can’t go wrong with a classic. Supernatural presences like ghosts were popularly used in plenty of older stories we don’t always remember to think of. The ones in the examples here don’t haunt a home or a person, they just appear to torment / encourage change in an individual.

The Conjuring (2013), The Innocents (1961)

I’m not sure what kind of presence is haunting the houses in these films, so I didn’t want to put them in the list above, but if you’re looking for a well made haunted horror film, these are supposed to be great choices.

Extra Special Mention:

Winchester (2018) had filming on-set at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose in May 2017 and is currently (July 2017) undergoing post-production.

I’m always delighted to see local stories being told, and let me tell you that Silicon Valley has a lot more to its history than Steve Jobs. There have been films about the Winchester home before, but I’m looking forward to this one!

I’m not the first who’s compiled a list of ghost movies. Check out the extensive titles on this Wikipedia list and another extensive list by blogger Renae Rude the Paranormalist here (note that these lists both have stories about different kinds of haunts, not just ghosts).

Halloween events in Silicon Valley

On my Silicon Valley real estate blog, I compiled a list of fun Halloween events in the San Jose – Los Gatos – Silicon Valley areas.  Here’s the link:

 

Santa Clara County Spooky Spots

Did you know that SanJose.com (A City Guide by Boulevards) has a section devoted to the spooky spots around the county?

http://www.sanjose.com/guides/haunted-places-and-spooky-urban-legends/

Individuals who’ve grown up in or around San Jose, CA probably already know most of these creepy corridors and corners, but those who are new to the area might be interested in this little compilation of hauntings and urban legends published on SanJose.com. Whether you’re on the hunt for ghosts or not, each spot has a colorful story that will enlighten you to the history of the valley. So, stir your curiosity and learn about the myths of Hicks Road, the man who haunts a Toys R Us, and the residual energies of spirits in schools.

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!

http://www.trulia.com/blog/trends/zombies-vampires-ghosts/

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.

http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/real-estate/news/a3634/live-in-garnet-ghost-town/

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:

http://online.wsj.com/articles/map-of-haunted-homes-is-landlords-nightmare-in-japan-1414687248

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