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Is Freddy Home? Iconic house from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' goes up for sale
'A Nightmare on Elm Street' fans can now purchase the Thompson home first seen in Wes Craven's 1984 slasher classic.
Your dream home awaits! Emphasis on the word "dream." The Thompson house from 1984's A Nightmare on Elm Street is now up for sale, The Los Angeles Times confirmed this week. Only problem is that the asking price is... well, a total nightmare at $3.25 million. You might want to consider selling your collection of striped sweaters, fedoras, and finger knives just to meet the regular mortgage payments on this one. Will Freddy Krueger lend a burnt hand with the financials? Yeah... in our dreams!
As depicted in the original slasher classic written and directed by We Craven, the house (only used for exterior establishing shots) was located at 1428 Elm Street in Springwood, Ohio. In reality, however, the Dutch Colonial-style structure can be found at 1428 North Genesee Avenue in the Spaulding Square neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was previously purchased in 2013 by Lorene Scafaria (director of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) for a cool $2.3 million.
“The whole neighborhood gets the tour bus treatment. People always get tickled when they see it,” Heather T. Roy, one of two real estate agents in charge of the spooky listing, told The L.A. Times. “The facade is iconic, but the ties to the movie stop as soon as you walk through the front door. Inside, it’s a beautiful traditional-style space with a modern twist."
Roy's first name is rather fitting, given that the central protagonist of the '84 movie, Nancy Thompson, was played by actress Heather Lagenkamp.
Douglas and her fellow agent, Learka Bosnak, plan to hand out candy in front of the place come October 31. “We all missed Halloween last year because of the pandemic, so this year is the Halloween comeback tour,” Bosnak added. “We have to celebrate.”
Built in 1919, the 16-acre property "was reimagined by an English designer in the mid-2000s, lovingly lived in by the current owner, and a location for some of Hollywood's favorite films, commercials, and print," reads the official listing by the Douglas Elliman real estate firm. "Cinephiles will immediately recognize Wes Craven's iconic Elm Street facade. Located in the heart of Historic Spaulding Square by the Griddle Cafe, Pace Joint, Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Enigma Coffee, Electric Owl, Orangetheory, Laugh Factory and the newest addition to the neighborhood, Horses. Come check it out!"
If Freddy's old haunt isn't to your liking, plenty of other movie horror houses have hit the market in recent years if you wanted a bit more "haunted" in your new house. The real-life home from The Conjuring was recently up for sale, as well as the terrifying abode from The Silence of the Lambs.