This Rhode Island home is just plain creepy — and maybe that’s why it just sold for more than its asking price.
This early 19th-century two-bedroom in the town of Burrillville—despite its charming period details—is actually the real-life haunted house that inspired the 2013 horror film The Conjuring. After listing for $1.2 million in late 2021, the appearance-filled property just sold for $1.52 million, or 27% over asking price, its stockbroker told the Post.
The property, located at 1677 Round Top Road, measures 3,109 square feet — with features such as handsome beamed ceilings over wide hardwood floors, fireplaces, and wood cabinets in the kitchen. But there are also roommates in the form of ghouls, though it’s not clear if they help pay the bills.
The sellers, paranormal investigators Jenn and Cory Heinzen, bought the home in 2019 for $439,000 – and spent four months keeping it in one room “as a show of respect for the spirits, so they get used to us, instead of bursting in.” said the Wall Street Journal at the time of listing. That didn’t stop them, however, from having a black-hued figure they’d once seen peering in from the door of their room.
“Once we realized we were both awake and both seeing it, it was gone,” Cory Heinzen told the Journal. The pair have also heard footsteps and knocks – and even seen flashes of light in rooms where there are no lights.
The Journal also first broke the news of that sale, adding that the new owner, a Boston real estate developer named Jacqueline Nuñez, 58, is asking the seller to ensure they meet requirements, including not selling for the buyer’s own good live in the house.
“This is a very personal purchase for me,” Nuñez, who was represented by Ricardo Rodriguez and Bethany Eddy of Coldwell Banker Realty in Providence, told the Journal. “When it came out, I thought, ‘This is a property that allows people to speak to the dead.'” Nuñez added that she doesn’t feel like the house is harboring a demon — just simply a structure that is “uniquely amplifying our energy, attitudes, and beliefs. If your end goal is to be scared, it can deliver. Or if you go there to connect with a loved one, it can deliver that too,” she told the paper.
Nuñez plans to host events at the home with the Perron family, members of which previously owned the home and run it as a learning center of sorts. Andrea Perron, 63, lived there between 1971 and 1980 and told the Journal that she and her family experienced spiritual activities there.
For example, during a session in 1974, she saw her now 82-year-old mother, Carolyn, levitate in a chair before being thrown 20 feet away and hitting her head on the floor. Other bizarre alleged incidents include children seeing ghosts they believed were real people until they disappeared, seeing a broomstick moving across the floor on its own, smelling an odor of rotting flesh, and a child by one unseen force was struck.
The Conjuring, which became a horror film franchise, is a fictionalized account of the Perron family and their work with paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The original film was not filmed in the apartment just sold – and the Perrons had not been informed of the house’s dark history of murder, rape and suicide at the time of their purchase. Even the property’s listing says it is haunted by the spirit of Bathsheba Sherman, who lived there in the 19th century.
Aside from its unusual history, the home sits on an 8.5-acre lot — and features a full bathroom and a half-bathroom, according to the listing, represented by Benjamin Kean and Ben Gugliemi of the Blackstone team at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty .
“I’m not afraid of the house,” Nuñez told the Journal, but also quipped, “Ask me again in a year.”