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The idea of settling down in an area known for its horror-filled past may seem counter-intuitive, but for some horror movie buffs, living in a legendary horror movie town is worth the potential chills.
We peered through the darkness and found six cities with reputations as iconic horror destinations.
And before we stroll further down this dark and creepy path, here is a giant disclaimer: None of the homes featured below were featured in their city’s infamous screen presence.
However, if you’re a horror fan in need of some spine-tingling inspiration, here are some starting points.
The infamous Exorcist Steps are on M Street in D.C.’s tony Georgetown neighborhood. We found a cute brick row house located just a block away.
This old Colonial stands just across the creek from the Evans City cemetery. That burial ground is where the opening scenes of the iconic zombie flick were filmed in 1968.
Shaky hand-held camera not included. Whether you decide to venture into the nearby woods is entirely up to you.
This lovely home is less than a half mile away from the infamous movie address of 112 Ocean Avenue. The beautiful and welcoming facade are nothing to be afraid of.
This mega-mansion on the east side of the posh island offers pond frontage—where it’s probably safe to go in the water.
This modest split-level is about 15 minutes away from the Monroeville Mall. You can make a stop at Monroeville Zombies to stock up on gifts for the family.
Learn from others’ past experiences to overcome frequent home improvement hurdles.
The do-it-yourself movement is on the rise, and while revamping your home’s interior without professional assistance is a financially savvy move, it’s also one full of potential roadblocks.
To help you stay on the right path, we’ve asked 12 DIY writers for their been-there, done-that advice for completing a project without becoming discouraged.
1. Settle on a theme
“When tackling home design my biggest problem is trying to keep it cohesive and flowing from room to room.” – Danielle Leonard of The Frugal Navy Wife
Solution? Go eclectic. While cohesive style is classic, assorted designs are trending. Mix and match without going overboard by combining large, traditional living spaces with small, bright and bold powder rooms or entryways.
2. Prepare ahead of time
“Planning is the biggest challenge: gathering supplies, blocking off time, getting up the guts to start and then doing all the prep work.” – Jessica Davis of Nest Studio
“There are so many times I’ve rushed through a project because I was so excited to get to the end result, but then had to start all over because it didn’t turn out as well as I anticipated.” – Katie Nathey of Upcycled Treasures
You need to prepare for your project, both mentally and physically. Purchase a DIY day planner to keep track of timelines, to-do lists, materials and reminders. You’ll likely fall slightly behind – or skip ahead – but a written plan is a helpful guide.
3. Stick to the budget
“We did anticipate finding several problems in a 112-year-old house, so we budgeted a good amount for miscellaneous. But we still went over budget!” – Sarah Gaylor of 702 Park Project
“It’s a great feeling when a project is successfully completed and for a fraction of the costs of hiring a professional.” – Audrey Kuether of Oh So Lovely.
Most homeowners attest to spending more on their remodels than initially planned. Unfortunately, there’s no way to combat unanticipated, yet necessary, expenses. Make fixing structural problems a priority, even if it decreases the budget for aesthetic trimmings.
4. Remain flexible
“If you are renovating an old home, sometimes you just have to go with the flow. There isn’t much you can do about the uneven floors and crooked walls in a historic home.” – Kelly Raether of Corner of Main
“I’ve learned to expect something to go wrong and now nothing ever does. That may sound cynical, but I swear it helps things to go more smoothly.” – Jourdan Mclaws of Little Yellow Barn
Keep optimistic, and consider yourself lucky if you only hit minor roadblocks, such as purchasing the wrong paint colors or misplacing necessary tools.
5. Project a realistic timeline
“We thought we’d have the house completed a couple of months after moving in. Four years later we are about half way done!” – Amanda Bassetti of Simply Maggie
“Two to three hours of work daily in the evenings seemed exhausting after a whole day of work, and the time to finish the project was prolonged.” – Beauty Harmony Life
Don’t expect results to happen overnight. Many homeowners choose to delay their plans until their busy lifestyles can accommodate demanding projects.
6. Take advantage of resources
“Tackle the project with a friend or spouse. Having someone help you will ensure you double-check each step so it is correctly done, but it is also more fun to do a new project with someone you enjoy working/talking with.” – Rachel Pereira of Shades of Blue Interiors
“If you’re really stuck, call a friend or hit up Google. Chances are, someone else ran into the same problem as you.” – Bre Bertolini of Brepurposed
“We are so fortunate in having the Internet as a resource. It has given us encyclopedia of knowledge at our fingertips.” – Anne Davis of DesignDreams by Anne
Don’t underestimate the power of collaboration. Even seasoned professionals consult friends and colleagues from time to time.
School is back in session, the holidays are right around the corner, you might not think that now is the best time to sell your house. But with inventory below historic numbers and demand still strong, you could be missing out on a great opportunity for your family.
1. Demand is Strong
Foot traffic refers to the number of people out actually physically looking at home right now. The latest foot traffic numbers show that there are more prospective purchasers currently looking at homes than at any other time in the last twelve months which includes the latest spring buyers’ market. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!
As we get later into the year, many people have other things (weather, holidays, etc.) that distract them from searching for a home. Take advantage of the buyer activity currently in the market.
2. There Is Less Competition Now
Housing supply is still under the historical number of 6 months’ supply. This means that, in many markets, there are not enough homes for sale to satisfy the number of buyers in that market. This is good news for home prices. However, additional inventory is about to come to market.
There is a pent-up desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation. Homeowners are now seeing a return to positive equity as real estate values have increased over the last two years. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future.
Also, new construction of single-family homes is again beginning to increase. A recent study by Harris Poll revealed that 41% of buyers would prefer to buy a new home while only 21% prefer an existing home (38% had no preference).
The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all this other inventory of homes comes to market before you sell.
3. The Process Will Be Quicker
One of the biggest challenges of the 2014 housing market has been the length of time it takes from contract to closing. Banks are requiring more and more paperwork before approving a mortgage. Any delay in the process is always prolonged during the winter holiday season. Getting your house sold and closed before those delays begin will lend itself to a smoother transaction.
4. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up
If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by over 19% from now to 2018. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate in the low 4’s right now. Rates are projected to be over 5% by this time next year.
5. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life
Look at the reason you decided to sell in the first place and determine whether it is worth waiting. Is money more important than being with family? Is money more important than your health? Is money more important than having the freedom to go on with your life the way you think you should?
Only you know the answers to the questions above. You have the power to take back control of the situation by putting your home on the market. Perhaps, the time has come for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire.
That is what is truly important.
This post was originally published by Keeping Current Matters. See it here.
Consider these tips to ensure a fun and safe Halloween night.
At summer’s end, once school is back in session, many of us start looking forward to Halloween. It’s a holiday adults can enjoy as much as kids. But, homeowners do have one serious obligation on this fun night: If you expect trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the path to your door is a safe one.
Take no trips
Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared. In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for trip hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete or missing pavers. Make repairs where possible or, at the very least, cut off access to unsafe areas. Meanwhile, if you’ve decorated the front yard with decorations like light-up pumpkins and animated figures, relocate the electrical cords so they’re not in anyone’s way.
Light the way
Make sure the path to your house is bright enough for trick-or-treaters to approach safely. You don’t need to install a full suite of year-round landscape lighting simply to accommodate visitors on Halloween night. There are plenty of temporary and affordable options for illumination, from glow sticks to tea lights. And though it may seem more in keeping with the mood of this spooky night to switch off your porch light, it’s much safer — not to mention more inviting — to keep it on.
Resist flammable decor
Whether vandals or accidents are to blame, there are many more fires on Halloween than a typical October night, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Holiday decorations are often quite flammable, involving materials such as paper, hay and dried cornstalks. If you can’t resist adorning your home and yard with such potentially dangerous items, then be sure to keep them away from candles and other heat sources. If jack-o’-lanterns or luminaries figure into your celebrations, illuminate them using LED tea lights, not open flames.
Curb your dog
Chances are yours is a friendly dog. But if some Halloween costumes are so convincing as to be frightening to small children, those same getups could be equally disturbing to your pooch — particularly on such a high-energy night. It’s good sense to contain your dog in an indoor space that’s both comfortable and secure.
A festive parade of goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes will soon be marching to your house. Do your part by clearing the path and lighting the way. Be safe out there, and have a Happy Halloween!
Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion or position of Zillow.
A copper brewing kettle isn’t out of place in this home.
7525 S Highway A1a, Melbourne Beach, FL
For sale: $2.95 million
Cars seem to disappear when they arrive at “The Castle” on Melbourne Beach. Like a medieval keep, a metal gate leads into three stories of fortified concrete.
The home was built to withstand hurricanes, but the curved design was inspired by beer barrels.
“It’s owned by a corporation, and one of the corporation owners used to own a brewery,” Thacker explained. “He put a lot of thought into it.”
A solid copper brewing kettle from Germany accentuates the home bar, serving as a light fixture and storage space.
The home is also lined with high-end European antiques and furnishings including a German kitchen stove dating back to the 1800s, a German wood-burning fireplace and high-end Italian tile.
“The bar backdrop alone holds tiles valued at $25,000,” Thacker said.
But the home’s main selling point isn’t inside. Overlooking a premier surfing spot just north of Vero Beach, the house features tranquil ocean views from nearly every room.
“[The original owner] wanted an ocean view from wherever he was in the house,” Thacker explained. “When you lay in the master bed, you can see the pool and the ocean.”
Photos by Harvey Smith and Walt Simpson.
This article was originally published by Catherine Sherman on Zillow Blog. See more photos and the original article here.