Over the last 15+ years I have shown a few homes in Silver Spring, MD and beyond that had a [very] strange vibe. Some of these homes were warm, cozy, and welcoming when we first entered. Nothing seemed off at first glance, all felt normal until we entered the basement that is. On a few occasions, my buyers and I turned right back around and left. It's hard to put into words what exactly happened, but at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter. When my buyer is creeped out, it's not the right house!
This home had been on the market for some time which was a clue in itself that something was not right (homes don't usually sit when the market is hot). It appeared overpriced on virtual paper, but I had a feeling that this was not it. The property seemed nice at first glance, well maintained with good curb appeal... which really made me even more suspicious. I kept wondering what was wrong with it.
The answer was found in the basement. There was this tiny door that we had to squeeze through to enter a room that my buyers and I quickly dubbed the dungeon. It was dark, cold, and very, very strange. There was a brick wall that had been patched in an odd way... so much so that my buyers wondered out loud if this was where they hid the bodies.
⇒ FYI future Silver Spring, MD & beyond home sellers: this is obviously not a thought you want buyers to have when you are trying to sell your house! Creepy is not a selling features.
Then there was this brick fireplace in the center of said dungeon which had hand prints painted on it. Child-sized . In blood red. The location of said fireplace made no sense at all. This area was anything but a warm and cozy hang-out for cold winter eves. And these hand prints just upped the creep factor. It literally made our skin crawl, and we couldn't get out and away fast enough.
Although I've been in some strange homes over the years, have seen a lot of odd things, and gotten weird vibes in more than one house, this home definitely took the number 1 spot! It can keep it, too. I am in no hurry to show a house that could top that!
What about you? What is the creepiest house you have ever been in? Do share!