A Victorian estate that’s a star on the big screen and within its own neighborhood sold before most buyers could even settle in with their popcorn.
“We had multiple offers over asking the first day, so it’s definitely a hot item,” says the listing agent, Robyn Christensen.
The grand old home sits on a corner lot in The Avenues section of Salt Lake City, a desirable neighborhood close to downtown and major universities that is full of historic homes and rental units.
“It’s got a lot of diversity in terms of people, and diversity in terms of the architecture, and it’s one of the highest price points in the Wasatch Front,” Christensen explains.
This house has a spot on the Utah State Register of Historic Sites, as do many other homes in the area.
Its architect, Frederick Albert Hale, designed several other notable places in the city, including the city’s original public library, which opened in 1898. This property is long on its history and architectural details.
“It’s got a turret up on the third floor where you can step out, and it’s just gorgeous views,” Christensen notes.
The house also played a role in the 1989 slasher flick “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” where it served as the home of the iconic masked man.
In case you need a refresher, the fifth installment had Myers return to Haddonfield to murder his niece, just a year after the events of “Halloween 4.” However, no murders or any sinister events took place in this house.
The current owner of the house, who was living there at the time, reports that it was exciting to watch the filming, Christensen says. She adds that people often stop by and take their picture in front of the house.
Built in 1886 as a home for a wealthy family, the property has served both as a single-family home and as a multiunit dwelling with as many as five apartments.
The same family has owned the house since the early 1970s, and it’s currently configured with three separate living spaces.
The main unit features six bedrooms and three bathrooms. The other two units, ideal rental spaces, each have two bedrooms and a bathroom. The building has a total of four small kitchens, with two in the main unit.
Many of the historic details are intact, including hardwood floors under some carpets.
“The woodworking is just really high-quality and unique, and it’s got stained-glass windows that are gorgeous,” Christensen explains.
It’s also known for its distinctive color scheme—the colorful exterior truly stands out.
The agent reports that the original colors were different shades of blue, and that before the current paint job, the property was painted brown for a period. She notes that the neighborhood includes many houses painted in the same colors.
The original carriage house where horses once lived is now a two-car garage and a workshop.
“It’s large enough that it could be used as a living quarters, as a guesthouse or an accessory dwelling unit,” Christensen explains, adding that it already has electricity.
Additional off-street parking for five more cars makes the house even more desirable in the neighborhood.
“You just really don’t find that that kind of a house on that kind of a lot that often in The Avenues, with off-street parking and a garage,” Christensen adds. “It’s got a lot of really unique features, and it’s a gorgeous house.”
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