Buying a House with a Horrifying History Is Not a Deal Breaker for Many in NYC

posted: 06/06/17
by: Sasha Brown-Worsham
A dark moldy old abandoned bedroom
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A dark moldy old abandoned bedroom

When I was just out of college, my soon to be roommate and I saw an apartment we fell in love with. It had stained glass windows and expansive bedrooms. It was close to my work and generally felt like a place we could stay a while. And then the realtor leveled with us: "a mother killed herself and her son here. Right in the bathtub."

And that was that. We couldn't live there.

It turns out things like that are not a deal breaker in the competitive New York City real estate market. People are choosing to live in houses where tragedies occurred because a.) There are very few houses that DON'T have a past and b.) The rent is often lower on homes where crimes occurred.

These homes are not necessarily haunted (even though homes in New York can be legally deemed "haunted"). But they are creepy and there is a history to be reckoned with if you dare.

"Just because there's history doesn't mean it's haunted," one tenant told the New York Times. It's certainly the truth. And in the past, we viewed death differently than we do now. It was something that happened at home. Many houses built in the early 1900's almost surely had someone die in them.

Even so, I don't think I could do it. Could you?

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[via: NYTimes]

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