Zillow's Top Ten List of the Most Haunted Homes & Estates in the United States

Sherri Granato By Sherri Granato, 6th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The top ten haunted houses that Zillow has chosen are notorious for their reports of ghostly activity, strange occurrences, beautiful architecture and they possess the power to creep out even the strongest of minds when it comes to those that have a hard time digesting paranormal activity that involves those unexplainable things that go bump in the night.

Famous Castles, Homes & Mansions

Zillow has become a handy and familiar online resource for giving consumers the edge of empowerment when it comes to all things real estate and haunted houses are no exception to this rule. Having the tools to make a smart decision when it comes to a potential home purchase may just be the greatest thing to have on hand when you consider the alternative. Not knowing diddly-squat about a house can lead to all sorts of problems from leaky pipes and roofs to unpaid taxes, liens and ghosts that have made themselves at home in the lovely abode that you are wanting to purchase. Luckily, Zillow offers home buyers an inside peek at several haunted residences through their blog that lists the top 10 haunted homes in the United States.

The top ten haunted houses that Zillow has chosen are notorious for their reports of ghostly activity, strange occurrences, beautiful architecture and they possess the power to creep out even the strongest of minds when it comes to those that have a hard time digesting paranormal activity that involves those unexplainable things that go bump in the night. These homes will guide you down hallways and through paths that only the darkest of shadows dare to tread. Spirits, strange voices, ghosts, orbs, whispers, tapping, annoying poltergeists and full-bodied apparitions are all a part of the deal when it comes to these properties that easily exemplify a multitude of sorted pasts.

Zillow's Top Ten List of Haunted Houses in the United States

LaLaurie Mansion

The evil entity that haunts the Lalaurie Mansion didn't for one minute go unnoticed by celebrity Nicolas Cage who once owned the property and claimed that "other people have beachfront property; I have ghost-front property". The star no longer owns the mansion due to it being sold at a foreclosure auction, but he will never forget his spooky experience with the sadistic ghost of Madame LaLaurie. In fact the actor was so disturbed by her presence that he refused to sleep in the mansion that he purchased for $3.5 million. The haunting spirit of Madame Delphine LaLaurie overpowers the mansion located in New Orleans, Louisiana possibly due to evil acts carried out while she lived there in the flesh. The merciless Madame thrived during her reign of terror on innocent victims leaving a trail of restless spirits that are still searching for peace. The innocent slaves received violent beatings and other cruel treatment during their stay at the mansion, all at the hands of the Madame, which leaves no doubt as to why she and the slaves she tormented remain forever in a state of unrest. The harsh treatment that she gave to the slaves eventually lead to corpses that were later disposed of in a secretive hidden graveyard found under the floorboards at the back of the house that was haphazardly filled with skeletons. Location: 1140 Royal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Winchester House

The Winchester House, located in San Jose, California offers an endless stream of mazes, dead-ends and stairways leading to nowhere and the mastermind behind the designs are no other then Sarah Winchester, whose ghost remains at the mansion she painstakingly built with the help of spirits who guided her during nightly séances. Ironically the plan was to confuse and prevent evil spirits from entering rooms and other portals that offered access to those living in the home. Sadly, Sarah's ghost remains trapped at the beloved estate she constructed along with the ghosts that once paralyzed her with fear instead of allowing her to rest beside her beloved husband William and daughter Annie who passed away years before Sarah, leaving her deeply affected by their deaths for decades. Location: 525 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose, California

The Whaley House

Located in San Diego, California during the mid 1800s was according to the San Diego Herald, the finest new brick block in Southern California. Built by businessman Thomas Whaley, the two-story Greek revival brick building was intended to be his new home. Unfortunately the Whaley's chose a bad spot for their new home as it had once been the spot where "Yankee Jim" Robinson was hanged for attempted grand larceny, and soon after moving in Thomas and his wife Rachel were haunted by heavy booted footsteps that echoed throughout the house non-stop. Two of the Whaley children also died in the home in separate incidences. In 1932 the Whaley House was added to the California State Historic Landmarks and is now a museum that is open to public tours. Location: 2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, California

The Chambers Mansion

California is possibly the most famous state for having an exuberant amount of movie stars, celebrities and quite possibly the most haunted mansions. One example of this admission involves the Chambers Mansion, built in 1887 and located in San Francisco, California where the ghost known as Claudia resides still today despite the fact that she has been dead for close to a century. Claudia Chambers was the niece of the prosperous silver mine tycoon Richard Chambers who passed the mansion down to his nieces. Claudia cherished the gorgeous home, but not as much as she loved pigs. Sadly while operating farm equipment used for butchering meat, the young girl almost cut herself in half even though it was rumored by some that she was shoved down a flight of stairs by an insane relative who escaped from the attic. The Chambers Mansion was converted into a first rate hotel meant to cater to the high class and celebrities, however many of the guests have complained over the years concerning ghostly and paranormal activity that appears to penetrate every room in the building. Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro and Barbra Streisand are among the stars that have stayed overnight at the haunted hotel. Location: 2220 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California.

The Franklin Castle

The sound of babes crying is a disturbing element to the already active and haunted Franklin Castle, located in Cleveland, Ohio, especially when you consider that the innocent babes are deceased and their spirits are forced to remain amongst cold wrought iron, gargoyles, looming sadness and a tower filled with terror and horrific events that no sane person could ever fathom in one life time. Unfortunate circumstances and the death of innocent babes leaves the Gothic mansion at a permanent state of unrest and the resounding footsteps of the spirits keeps the imagination flowing at all hours of the day and night. Haunted mystery weekends manages to give a fresh air of life to the stale and haunted estate that is nothing short of creepy, yet, invigorating if you are into paranormal events. Today the mansion has been given new life by being renovated into a club that serves lunch and dinner. Location: 4308 Franklin Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio

The Sprague Mansion

A visit to the Sprague Mansion, located in Cranston, Rhode Island will give you the idea of what spirited first class service is all about. Charlie the butler is there to serve you, delight and grant you your last dying wish. Faithful servant to the Sprague family, the 1836 death of the prosperous textile owner William Sprague seem to foretell of future omens that would last for centuries starting with the death of William's son Amasa who was discovered after he had been shot and beaten. The twin brother of William II, Amasa's murder brought many suspects to the forefront with one innocent man eventually hanged for the crime that would eventually lead to the family fortune being nothing but a faded memory. The mansion has reportedly remained haunted by the butler who had high hopes that his daughter would eventually marry into the family and by Amasa himself, who by all accounts hangs out in his favorite place that being the massive wine cellar that once used to portray the families' wealth. TAPS and RI Paranormal Investigators performed separate investigations and both groups were left with telling evidence that ghosts do inhabit the mansion. Location: 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston, Rhode Island.

The Stranahan House

The Stranahan House, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is proof that suicide is never a good means to an end, but attempting to convey this message to Frank Stranahan would prove fruitless as he ended his mentally anguished life in 1929 by banding a heavy iron gate to his ankle and throwing himself into the New River. His ghost is forever a reminder to all that visit the beautiful estate today. Frank Stranahan had once flourished as a powerful land owner and businessman who were destroyed in an instant by natural disaster. Despite a deadly hurricane that wiped out an entire town, the Stranahan House, the oldest remaining structure in Broward County remains left standing today. The ghost of Frank Stranahan and his wife Ivy can be seen walking throughout the house as if deep in thought. At least six other spirits have been captured on camera, thought to be family, and one non-family member has been detected. An Indian servant girl has been spotted walking towards the back of the house. Today the home is a popular destination for ghost hunters and historians. Location: 335 Southeast 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lizzie Borden House

Located in Fall River, Massachusetts is the home of Andrew and Abby Borden, who were murdered by an ax wielding murderer, thought to be none other than their own daughter Lizzie Andrew Borden. Stress and tension are thought to be the underlying cause that leads to such an act of human destructiveness on that hot August day in 1892, but nobody really knows for sure what took place that fateful day that left two people dead and a town terrorized. Today the Borden home has a more relaxed atmosphere with restful nights and a hearty breakfast served to those who wish to spend the night at the popular Bed & Breakfast. Location: 230 Second Street, Fall River, Massachusetts.

The White House

The most popular address is the United States is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, DC. This is the residence where the president hangs his hat at night, and it happens to be a hot spot for past presidents to dwell along with a few other famous people that have had the privilege of gracing its administration. Abraham Lincoln has not only been seen by past presidents, first ladies, visitors and guests of the White House. Several other ghosts that have been spotted lingering around the president's home include John Adam's, his wife Abigail, Dolly Madison and Harry Truman.

Myrtles Plantation

Mardi Gras, serene waterways, voodoo, Cajun food, war relics, southern belles, haunted estates and a deep heritage are just a few of the treasured things that you can find in Louisiana, and St. Francisville brings you the ghost of the beautiful Chloe and the over 200 year old Myrtles Plantation. The historically rich antebellum home is the perfect haven for ghosts when you consider the many deaths, all natural except for the one murder that took place in the ornate estate and residence of the Woodruff family. Clark Woodruff was rumored as having an eye for the young Chloe who eagerly reciprocated and quickly became jealous of Clark's wife Sara. Chloe baked the other woman a poisonous birthday cake that killed Sara and two of the Woodruff children. The angered slaves hung Chloe for her crime of passion and tossed her body into the muddy Mississippi River. Today ghost children are seen playing in the yard and Chloe has bee spotted tending to flowers. Sara Woodruff's image has been seen in mirrors and walking throughout the estate. The Myrtles Plantation has been added to the National Register of Historic places. Location: 7747 U.S. Highway 61, Francisville, Louisiana

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Sherri, I really enjoyed the history of these haunted mansions. I seriously did not know that their was a haunted mansion in Cleveland. That's a litte too close to me. I wonder just exactly how many houses are really haunted in America.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Aug 2014 (#)

typed the wrong there.

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author avatar Annie69
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Sherri, nice article. I write history and I feel a bit more research coming on. Thanks for a great list.
Also regarding the LIzzie Borden house, There's a book called "Do Come In" by Larry Allen that might interest you. It's 50 original, historically accurate poems about the Lizzie Borden case. I think you can find it on Amazon.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting piece! Thanks for sharing!

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