(AJC) – Ernst Von Schwarz and Angela Oakenfold bought the Rosenheim Mansion — which was featured in the first season of FX’s hit show American Horror Story — in 2014 for $3.2 million, but no one told them it was haunted by hoards of unwelcome visitors.
Now, the couple is suing their realtor and the sellers, who they say mislead them about the property’s pitfalls. “We feel like they cheated us,” Oakenfold says. Adds Von Schwarz, “We want to live here of course. But it is very difficult because we don’t feel safe.”
The pair claim they were in the dark about the show’s rabid fan base, some of whom have gone to great lengths to access the residence. The homeowners note that they tried to do their research about the property, but didn’t find evidence of its status as a pilgrimage site for AHS viewers.
“We Googled the house of course like everybody else would,” says Von Schwartz. “But if you Google the house you find a lot of movies have been filmed here…. Lastly the American Horror Story, which I have never seen.”
Should they win their case, they intend to build a permanent fence or hedge to secure their privacy, CBS reports. The realtor gave a response to the site, stating, “I have no doubt that the truthful facts of this case will resolve this matter in our favor.” Continue Reading
Full disclosure, I’ve never watched American Horror Story. I’ve also never sold a home that was used in TV or movies. But I could come to the assumption that fans of American Horror Story, or any show for that matter, might be interested in visiting the residence due to its notoriety.
If people travel from all over the world to Senoia, GA to tour the numerous locations The Walking Dead was filmed, why wouldn’t they?
The interesting part of the story is that neither the sellers, nor the Realtors thought to disclose the Murder House’s popularity with fans. Which could put both the owners and Realtors at fault.
The buyers claim they knew that Rosenheim Mansion was used in multiple films and TV shows, and that they googled the address and didn’t see anything. However, a quick Google search of the address (1120 Westchester Pl, Los Angeles, CA) pulls up multiple articles, and tours of the historic home, dated prior to their purchase in 2014.
This looks like it’ll be a difficult case to prove who, if anyone, is at fault.
The take away here?
If you’re planning on purchasing a home (historic or not) be sure to do your own research. The seller’s disclosure is meant to advise the buyers on any latent, or hidden, defects, but the buyer still has a responsibility to do their own digging.
So what’s the best way to know what you’re getting into?
Talk to the neighbors!
Neighbors love to talk about the area and their previous neighbors. If you don’t ask them before you make your purchase, you can almost guarantee they’ll let you know about all the issues after you move in.
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