A Victorian mansion dating to the late 1890s is for sale, but there’s a catch. It may come with some permanent houseguests.
Known as Whispers Estate, the home has a history of paranormal activity. The $130,000 list price includes the furniture and ghosts.
The 3,700-square-foot, four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home features original wood floors throughout much of the home.
According to the website created by the homeowner, the structure was once part home, part business—as was the case with many homes in the 1800s. A doctor had his practice downstairs and, over the years, some patients died, including children. The doctor himself died of pneumonia, in the first-floor master bedroom.
Several TV shows, publications, and paranormal groups have investigated the home. There have been numerous reports of a child seen running through the house, the smell of baby powder in one of the rooms, children singing or crying, doorknobs jiggling, and doors popping open. People who sleep in the room where the doctor died say they sometimes wake up to sounds of coughing and labored breathing.
“I’ve been in there twice and haven’t felt anything so far, but you can read different things about it, and you might not feel anything or see anything for a long time, and then maybe you do,” Bland says, adding that her boss felt and saw something paranormal when they were measuring the home.
“He had a look on his face, and I said, ‘What?’—and he said, ‘Did you see that?’ and I said no,” Bland recalls. “We were measuring, and I said, ‘Did you?’ and he said ‘Yeah,’ and I was, like, ‘OK, let’s get this measured then and get out of here.’”
The paranormal inhabitants don’t seem to cause much trouble, Bland says. “The owner said in his experience, if people are there and they’re respectful and not trying to cause a ruckus or anything, the alleged paranormal are nice.”
The current owner bought the home in 2007 after visiting it during a paranormal convention. He is selling it now because he is engaged and moving to Indianapolis, about two hours north of Mitchell.
As for tours of the place, “We’re doing a 24-hour notice before [a showing] and a pre-approval because we want to weed out people. We don’t want to just have people [who say], ‘let’s go look at it, it’ll be cool.’ We want people to be serious that are looking at it, and for whatever reason they want to buy it, that’s their personal preference,” Bland explains.
The home sits on a quarter-acre. There is a formal entry, 10-foot ceilings, a living room, dining room, stone basement, and unfinished space on the third floor. The furnishings include antiques.
Bland says the perfect buyer is out there, somewhere.
“It’s going to take one of two [types of] people. I think it’s going to take somebody that loves this and appreciates the paranormal stuff, or if somebody just wants it to be their home. It’s a huge, gorgeous home for $130,000. I mean, you couldn’t build it for that.”
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