DUNMORE, Pa. (TheBlaze/AP) — Homeowners Gregory and Sandi Leeson have listed the sale of their home using a candid and uncommon descriptor: “slightly haunted.”
While it may seem somewhat comical, laughable or even unbelievable — depending on one’s belief about the paranormal — the husband and wife claim in the house’s Zillow profile that some cryptic events have unfolded inside the home.
They’re reportedly experienced mysteriously banging doors, odd noises coming from the basement, and a persistent feeling that someone is standing behind them.
After all, the 113-year-old Victorian home does have a long history.
Considering that they were creeped out by the happenings, the two decided that “sightly haunted” was the right designation to use when they put the house in northeastern Pennsylvania up for sale last month.
Once that happened, their lives got even weirder, though. There were calls from ghost hunters. And an open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers.
Plus, a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement — the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.
It’s enough to make her husband wonder whether he did the right thing when he playfully wrote about the home’s spooky charms.
After covering its brief history (it was built in 1901) and some of the specs (it has hardwood floors throughout, four bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms), the Leesons share the creepy happenings on Zillow.
“Slightly haunted. Nothing serious, though. e.g. The sounds of phantom footsteps. A strange knocking sound followed by a very quiet (hardly noticeable, even) scream at 3:13am, maybe once a week. Twice a week, tops,” the description reads.
It continues, “And the occasional ghastly visage lurking behind you in the bathroom mirror. Even still, this occurs very rarely and only in the second floor bathroom.”
The listing attracted local and national media attention. Now the Leesons just need an actual buyer for their home, which is on the market for $144,000.
“I tried to word it with a little bit of a sense of humor,” says Greg Leeson, a 35-year-old who works in information technology, but “I don’t think it has helped with marketing. We’re not really getting very many interested buyers. We’re getting a lot of nonsense people.”
Spring should bring more traffic. But if it doesn’t sell, Leeson said they might consider renting it out — by the night — to folks looking for spooky thrills.
While Leeson concedes the home has a “creepy vibe,” he doesn’t believe in ghosts.
And his wife? Well, she doesn’t quite agree.
“I definitely think there’s a spirit or a ghost in the house, just from my personal experiences,” Sandi Leeson said.
Featured image via Zillow.
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