The scariest season of all is nearly upon us!
But, until we face the true horror of monstrous shopping lists, creeping deadlines, and terrifying credit card bills, we have the spooky and autumnal season of Halloween to look forward to. This is the time of year when we take the things that scare us, or at least capture our imaginations, and we embrace them in a fun sort of way.
In the spirit (no pun intended – or was it?) of that, here’s something that came out of our own dark imaginations; Real Estate listings of the most haunted houses we could think of. Six of the greats are here. Peruse the listings and ask yourself which one you would consider buying?
In which one would you dare even spend a single night? <insert spooky laughter in here>
Take a look.
So which is it to be? You have to admit, when you take away the monsters, at least some of these have their good points that can be applied to every property. What the heck do I mean by that? Well, let’s take a look
Classic architectural tradition
A lot of these haunted places are steeped in architectural tradition. Dracula’s castle is classic Gothic revival. When the novel Dracula was written at the end of the 1890s, this tradition of replicating the Gothic church style of the medieval period in Europe was all the rage. This trend dovetailed nicely into the character of the Count. Being a vampire, he remembers Gothic style when it first came around, kind of like how I remember wearing Converse All-Stars in the ’80s, way before the kids today started wearing them. That Gothic style is iconic, carrying over to Frankenstein’s castle, too, with the look and feel of natural stone being central.
And speaking of Frankenstein and the features in his house that suit his needs (basement entrance to easily re-locate pilfered corpses, extra amps on the fuse box for advanced power needs, etc), that principle carries over to the properties too.
Spaces made for those who live in them
Dr. Jekyll’s lab is classically Victorian, with wood paneling, brass fixtures, drawing rooms, parlors, and even a Victorian-style man-cave. Well, a laboratory. He’s got a unique work from home situation, so he needs his lab nearby, right? Also, I’m sure his spare room is more than just spare. When he’s, um, beside himself, the extra space for his frequent visitor who needs a place to “Hyde” is handy.
In the Wolf Man’s Lycanthrope’s Lair, there’s a secret chamber made to hold him in when the moon is full so he doesn’t prowl the Yorkshire Dales and eat people. I mean, talk about your specialized needs for a space. I’m sure his neighbors approve, too.
Built to integrate with the environment
What could be more 21st century than a property that is a part of the environment it’s in? That applies here to some of these spooky spaces as well. Dracula’s castle is built right into a mountain. The Creature From The Black Lagoon’s pad is all about being sensitive to a delicate eco-system. And the Mummy’s tomb is built underground to keep temperatures naturally moderate, and energy bills low.
Style to be applied to modern spaces
The point is that a lot of these principles can be applied to your space.
- When you’re undertaking projects, think about what kinds of classical styles you can include, or at least reference, to help to make your property timeless
- Design your space according to your own needs. This is a great way to prioritize the kinds of projects you invest in to make your space the one you’ve always wanted
- When undergoing big renovations, think about ways to integrate your space with the environment around you. And even on a small scale, you can create a nature-friendly yard; a bird bath, a water feature, animal-friendly gardens
So, what spooky properties did we miss in the above graphic? The Phantom of the Opera’s hidden lair? Quasimoto’s bell tower apartment?
What classical architectural tradition referenced above appeals to you the most?
How have you made your property or a room in your home custom designed for your needs?
Tell me all about it in the comments section!