- The Los Angeles home where Charles Manson’s followers murdered two people in 1969 has been bought by Zak Bagans, the host of the television series “Ghost Adventures,” according to People.
- Bagans told People he was attracted to the home’s “panoramic views” and “mysterious and palpable” energy.
- Most of the home’s structure has been left untouched, according to Redfin real-estate agent Robert Giambalvo.
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It hit the market last month for $US1.98 million.
The home was listed and purchased right around the 50th anniversary of the murders, which took place on August 10, 1969.
The house is an “awesome LA home,” Redfin real-estate agent Robert Giambalvo told Business Insider. He said that its best features are that it’s located in Los Feliz, one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive neighbourhoods, has amazing design details, and offers two panoramic views, which Giambalvo told the Los Angeles Times, are “spectacular.”
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The panoramic views seemed to appeal to Bagans as well.
Other than a remodeled kitchen and an added carport, the house’s structure looks as it did when the murders were committed. In fact, the pink tiles in the bathrooms are believed to date back to the 1920s, according to Giambalvo.
In California, real-estate agents are required by law to disclose any deaths that have occurred in the home within three years, but Giambalvo said he told everyone who toured the home about the Manson murders because of their notoriety.
“The question is, how long is it until something like this becomes ancient news? And I really think we’re getting there,” Giambalvo told Business Insider.
For Bagans, the home’s history wasn’t a problem – it was a plus.
“Yes the house has a very dark and gruesome history, but I was also intrigued by the energy I felt while there … It was mysterious and palpable,” he told People.
Though the offer price has not been disclosed, TMZ reports that it was close to the asking the price.
The Los Feliz home is just one of the many famous – and in some cases, notorious – homes that hit the California market this year. There’s Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, which is listed at $US31 million, and the iconic Los Angeles mansion from “The Godfather,” which is listed at $US135 million. Then, of course, there’s an array of celebrity homes you can rent, including Harry Houdini’s 3,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills estate.