In Los Angeles, virtually every corner of the city has been used in a TV show or a movie at some point. From stately mansions to cheap liquor stores to buildings with a unique facade, there is something for everyone in the City of Angels. It should come as no surprise to anyone buying a home in L.A. that it was used in a film or TV show -- especially if it is something as magnificent as the Rosenheim Mansion.
Fans will recognize the Rosenheim Mansion as the "Murder House" in the first season of American Horror Story. It went up for sale in 2011 for $4.5 million, but after it appeared in the popular FX horror series later that year, the price swelled to $17 million. Eventually, a series of price cuts finally found the house a seller in 2015, at the price of $3.2 million. But apparently, in real life, the house is almost as troubled as it was in the show.
We recently wrote about a lawsuit that the new owners of the Rosenheim Mansion filed against their realtor and the old owners, but now we have new information about what the complaints are specifically. After over two years in the house, actress Angela Oakenfold and her husband Dr. Ernst Von Schwarz are suing their realtor and the house's former owners for failing to alert them of the show's rabid fanbase, who apparently haven't been deterred by lawful boundaries.
"We have had several break-ins. We have had on three or four occasions just in the last year, had to call the police," Oakenfold told CBS News. She also said that groups of tourists show up daily to take selfies and videos. Others have climbed fences. One time, Oakenfold was surprised to find a group of teenagers peering into a second-story window. They had reportedly convinced a garbage truck driver to lift them up in the truck so they could get a better view.
The couple claim that their realtor never warned them about the show's intense fanbase. "We Googled the house of course like everybody else would. But if you Google the house you find a lot of movies have been filmed here… Lastly the American Horror Story, which I have never seen, you had never seen," Von Schwartz said, referring to his wife.
The couple plan on using the undisclosed amount they are suing for to build a privacy hedge or a permanent fence. A statement from the realtor reads: "I have no doubt that the truthful facts of this case will resolve this matter in our favor."
The Rosenheim Mansion was designed in 1908 by architect Alfred F. Rosenheim to serve as his personal residence. The house includes Tiffany stained glass panels throughout, six fireplaces, a detached ballroom, and a solarium. It was designated a Historic and Cultural Landmark in 1999.