We’re not sure exactly what it says about you as a person, but if you’re the type of person who wants to live in a famous haunted movie house, then now is your time to download that Rocket Mortgage app. Well, if you think you can get approved for a $23 million dollar loan, that is.
Yes, the famous Ennis House, a Frank Lloyd Wright design built in 1924 by his son Lloyd for retailer Charles Ennis and wife Mabel, is now on the market in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz neighborhood with a $23 million listing price.
Granted, you don’t have to be a horror movie fan to want to reside there — you can just be a movie and TV fan, as some classic fare was filmed at the unique residence, including Blade Runner, Diamonds Are Forever, The Thirteenth Floor, The Day of the Locust, The Karate Kid Part III, and Rush Hour. And the idiosyncratic exterior even serves as Angelus, Spike, and Drusilla’s “Mansion” in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series.
But while it was first featured as early as 1933 in the film Female, the Ennis House truly gained infamy for its use in William Castle’s 1959 B-movie, House on Haunted Hill, starring Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart as the eccentric millionaire who offers up a whopping $10,000 to any of the invited guests who can survive one night at the haunted house. That sum was upped to a cool million for the 1999 remake, and may just be upped again for two more remakes reportedly in the works.
According to Variety, the “temple-like” house features some 27,000 patterned and perforated decomposed granite blocks.” Obviously those weren’t up to code though, because the Ennis House went into a serious state of disrepair after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
Fortunately, billionaire/architecture buff Ron Burkle bought the place for a reported $4.5 million in 2011. Since then, he’s spent some $17 million restoring the residence to its full glory, which is what accounts for the current price tag, along with the home’s uniqueness, provenance, and dazzling views along the near-acre hillside parcel. Plus, with some 6,000 square feet and just four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, there should be plenty of open space inside.
And likely ghosts.