Famous Mansions No One Wants To Buy For Any Price

Famous Mansions No One Wants To Buy For Any Price

August 27, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


– [Narrator] Who doesn’t
wanna live in a mansion? The glamor, the privilege, the amenities, and all that space. Sadly, the vast majority of us will never be able to afford one, unless
you know where you look. And so long as you’re
willing to put up with some unusual conditions,
and in some cases, a few uninvited housemates. The following are ten picks for mansions no one wants to buy at any price. (funky music) Number 10, Granot Loma. Located along Lake Superior in Michigan, this is the biggest log cabin in the US, spanning 26,000 square feet on 5,000 acres of prime woodland. Boasting 23 bedrooms, an
outbuilding with four apartments, a 3,000 gallon outdoor hot
tub, and a private marina, it was built by Louis, G. Kaufman, co-founder of General Motors, in 1923. Put on sale in 2015 for $40 million, it’s a steal since it’s fully furnished and is listed on the National
Register of Historical Places. For that price, you can
have the most amazing house in all of Michigan. Aside from the plentiful
statues, paintings, fake teepees, and
Amerindian bric-a-brac… Well, just look at it. This is absolute proof that having money and a flair for business
doesn’t necessarily equate to having good taste. Which probably explains
why, as of July 2018, they’re still trying to get
rid of it for $20 million, at a whopping 50% discount! Despite this irresistible offer, there are still no takers. Probably because most people
with that kind of money actually have good taste. Number nine, The “Watcher” Home. Most people hire others to watch their home while they’re away. However in Westfield, New
Jersey, there’s a family who have their house
watched over for free. But they’re not happy about it. It began in June 2014 when
Derek and Maria Broaddus bought their 2,800 square foot home with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, and four fireplaces
for around $1.4 million and spent another $100K on renovations. Despite this, they never moved in. Why? Days later, they received
a letter from someone claiming to be The Watcher. “My grandfather watched
the house in the 1920s “and my father watched in the 1960s. “It is now my time,” it said. More letters arrived
threatening their children, so the Broaddus’ tried selling the house, but their story became headline
news, scaring everyone off. In 2015, they sued the
sellers, but that went nowhere, so they relisted the
house for $1.25 million, gave up, and rented it out in early 2017. After the tenant received
another threatening letter, the house was back on the
market for $1.2 million, but still no takers,
because who needs a stalker? Number eight, Party Penthouse. They say New York is a
city that never sleeps. And this particular townhouse apartment embodies that statement perfectly. Located in the heart of
Manhattan’s luxurious Upper East Side, this gorgeous apartment has a two-story greenhouse,
double-height ceilings, a catwalk overlooking
the sunken living room, and a roof terrace. It was a famous party-pad
for the rich and famous in the ’70s, frequented by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy and Andy Warhol. Designed for famous fashion designer, Roy Halston Frowick, it was later put up for sale in 2011 for $38 million. Since then, its price fell to $24 million, and still no takers despite
an almost 37% discount. Why? Well, Halston, who died of
AIDS, had interesting tastes. He was famous for bringing
in male sex workers and feeding them steak
as a form of foreplay. So far, so good, but it didn’t end there. He was also into bestiality, and who wants to be associated with that at any price? Number seven, Historic Montclair House Here’s the deal of the century: A gorgeous 3,900 square foot
house with six bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms,
and three fireplaces, located on almost three acres of land. It was built in 1906 by
the famous architect, Dudley S. Van Antwerp,
and was once the home of Aubrey Lewis, the first
African-American football captain at Notre Dame University
who went on to become the first of his kind
to become an FBI agent. That explains why it’s protected by the Historic Preservation Commission. And it can all be yours for only $10. Seriously, I’m not kidding. Granted, that purchase price is only for the house, not the land. And though located in gorgeous
Montclair, New Jersey, you can’t live on the site because they’re about to build eight
houses on the property. Meaning you can have the house for $10 if you’re willing to
move it somewhere else at your own expense,
and pay for the repairs and renovations, which includes
removing the lead paint, which is poisonous, and asbestos, which is also poisonous. All this while preserving
its historical elements according to the Historic
Preservation Commission. So be careful and
consider all the criteria before signing on the
dotted line to this mansion. Number six, Pillars Estate. This mansion was built in the 1800s in the Greek-revival style. Located in Albion, New York, its owners spent 11 years restoring it to its original splendor. Just look at those lions at the entrance. It’s a 7,200 square foot home with six bedrooms, three full baths, five gas fireplaces, a
parlor, library, and ballroom. All on six acres of land. Its original asking price was $1 million in June of 2015, and reduced
to $499,000 as of 2017. That’s just a tad short of a 50% discount. Turns out, the problems started during its costly renovations. The owners began seeing a
child’s face peering at them from a basement window,
but when they checked, there was no child there. A worker also swore that
a child spoke to him when there was no one there. A woman was also seen in a bedroom, and footsteps had also been
heard on the stairways. Perhaps the owners might want to spend a little more on an exorcism? Number five, Charming Forge Mansion. Located in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, a portion of this Colonial-style mansion was originally built in 1749
along the Tulpehocken Creek. It was historically restored in 1994, but with modern amenities. The result is a gorgeous,
7,800 square foot home, complete with seven bedrooms,
four and a half baths, seven working fireplaces, a carriage barn that can serve as a four-car garage, and a stone building that
can serve as a guest house. All this on 48.52 acres of land. Worth several millions of dollars, right? Actually, no. You can have it for only $825,000. Turns out, the original
owner, Henry William Stiegel, had a temper before dying
on the property in 1785. They say you can hear him slamming doors and storming up and down the stairs. Others claim to have seen
the body of a headless man roaming the property, while
still others have seen and heard a young woman
crying in an upstairs bedroom. Charming? Yes. Spooky? Absolutely. Number four, Ann Starrett Mansion. Located in Port Townsend, Washington, this beautiful Victorian
mansion with Queen Anne architectural detailing was built in 1889. It spans 5,800 square
feet, boasts 11 bedrooms, and seven full baths. Dubbed the ‘Grandest bonbon of
them all’, it sits on a hill in the historic district
overlooking the town with gorgeous views of the Bay and Sound. The house was built by George
Starrett for his wife, Anne. As the love of his life, no
expense was spared on this home, lovingly preserved to this day. It became a boutique hotel,
which received four stars on Yelp ’til they closed it down. Currently there’s no price tag because no one wants to buy it. Turns out that the Starretts, and perhaps some of their employees, are still there. Stories abound of a woman with red hair walking about the place,
believed to be Anne. Even better, they say she’s never alone, and is always seen with a
man, believed to be George. If true, then they’re clearly
still in love with each other and with the mansion. Romantic, true, but who wants a house that comes with dead occupants? Number three, SK Pierce Mansion. Located in Gardner, Massachusetts, this house was built in
1875 by Sylvester K. Pierce, a successful chair maker. This gorgeous Victorian home boasts 6,700 square feet of space, with 10 bedrooms, three
baths, 11 foot high ceilings, marble fireplaces, and
all the original windows, doorknobs, hinges, and floors. And no, it doesn’t cost
millions of dollars. You can have it all for only $329k. Far cheaper than an average
three bedroom house in the US. Why is it so cheap? Well, it’s pretty famous. For being the most haunted house in all of Massachusetts, that is. There have been seven known deaths reported in the house, including
a strangled prostitute. No surprise there, since the
house once served as a brothel. Throw in a little boy who
stares out a front window, a servant roaming the
halls, disembodied voices, and things being moved about, and you get this haunted
mansion which has featured in several shows devoted
to paranormal activity. One ghost hunting team allegedly
recorded voices saying, “Squeeze every throat.” Which could explain the
prostitute, and its undesirability. Number two, The Priestly House Located in Canton, Mississippi, this gorgeous Georgian-style house was built by Dr. James Priestly in 1852. It has four bedrooms accessed
by a grand staircase, complete with a period
kitchen, four bathrooms, a formal dining room, a
music room, parlor, library, office, sleeping porch,
pool, terrace and greenhouse, all in peak condition on an acre of land. It’s conveniently located a
block away from central Canton. After extensive renovations, it received an award in 2010 by the Mississippi Historic Trust for Outstanding Restoration. Its asking price? Originally $938,000, but
as there were no takers, they dropped it to $850,000,
but still no buyers. It’s not because of the
pathetic 9.3% discount. It’s because it’s still
occupied by the former doctor and his wife who died in the home. In 2002, the former owner
claimed to have seen a woman standing beside a doorway,
something descendants of the Priestly clan have
also reportedly seen. Others claim to have seen
a piano playing by itself, as well as candles falling out of holders. So instead of calling
it the Priestly House, perhaps they should change the name to Ghostly House, instead? Number one, Schweppe Mansion. Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, this mansion was built in
1917 by famous architect, Frederick Wainwright
Perkins, as a wedding gift for Laura Shedd and her
husband, Charles Schweppe. It spans 21,000 square feet,
boasts 12 bedrooms and 11 baths on 5.4 acres, complete
with a 400 foot beachfront. In their heyday, the Shedds
hosted European nobility, including the Duke of Windsor. Lovingly restored in 1988
by 70 craftsmen and artists, it’s a steal at only $8,950,000! That’s a bargain, given that
they were trying to sell it for $9,450,000 in 2015. Go back to 2007, and it
was going for $18 million, which means it’s now selling
a discount of over 50%! So, what gives? Turns out Laura died there
of a heart attack in 1937. Four years later, Charles
blew his brains out after leaving behind a
strange note that read, “I’ve been awake all
night, it’s terrible.” Seems that the couple, and
some of their servants, have never left the mansion. Despite being abandoned
for almost five decades, a window in the master
bedroom remained free of dust and cobwebs before renovations began. Annoying how some rich people
just can’t seem to move on. So there you have it. Would you purchase any of these houses at their discounted
prices, or do their stories put you off as much as the
rest of the population? Let us know in the comments
section down below, and thanks for watching. (mysterious music)