Would You Buy The Only ‘Legally Declared’ Haunted House In New York?
There are lots of houses for sale on Realtor.com and Zillow, but how many houses for sale are legally declared haunted by the New York Supreme Court? As far as I can tell, this is the only one. So, how did it become "Legally Declared" haunted? Here's the story.
This beautiful 1890's victorian home overlooks the Hudson River in Nyack, New York. The beautiful house has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and three poltergeists.
Helen and George Ackley and their children lived in this haunted house. In 1977, Helen went to the Reader’s Digest to relay some odd occurrences they had experienced over the years. She told Readers Digest that the house was haunted and the ghosts we're scary and actually left them little gifts from time to time.
Unfortunately, sometime in the 1980s, Helen was forced to sell the home. She didn’t mention the haunting to her buyer, Jeffrey M. Stambovsky, who had agreed to purchase it for $650,000. He put down a $32,500 deposit. However, he soon discovered that the house was supposedly haunted after a local architect told him so. Jeffrey took Helen to court in an attempt to get his deposit back.
The New York Supreme Court declared that the house was haunted “as a matter of law.” Ultimately, Jeffrey settled for half of his deposit back and left the haunted mansion for good. Helen had no problem selling her house afterward.
The case became known as the “Ghostbusters Ruling,” and has been taught in U.S. law school classes.
Legally Declared Haunted House For Sale
So, if the ghosts don't bother you and you've got almost $2 million to spend this might be the perfect house for you. Check out the listing on Realtor.com