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This “Legally Haunted” Mansion Is Now on the Market—Could You Live in It?

It might be time to call Ghostbusters.

A 4,600+ square-foot home on the Hudson River waterfront—deemed “legally haunted” by the Supreme Court—is back on the market. The home is equipped with five bedrooms, stained glass windows, a pool overlooking the river, and apparently some spooky spirits. All of it could be yours for just under $2 million. 

The late 19th-century property is located in Nyack, New York. According to former owner Helen Ackley, she and her family weren’t alone in the house. The woman claimed ghosts from the Revolutionary War would interact with her family regularly from the 1960s through the 80s. In 1977, Ackley told Reader’s Digest her daughter’s bed would shake in the middle of the night from paranormal activity. 

The mansion, aptly named the “Ghost House,” soon encountered more trouble. Jeffrey Stambosky, who was under contract to buy Ackley’s home, sued Ackley when he found out the home was haunted. The Supreme Court found Stambosky’s claim legitimate, and he was able to legally exit the contract. After the case, the home was declared “legally haunted.” 

Nancy Blaker Weber, the realtor for the property, insisted the home was a peaceful place to reside. “It’s a fun backstory to this gorgeous home, (but) if there’s anything I’ve felt, it is the warmth and creative spirit that exists in this beautiful home. I’ve never experienced anything that would lead me to feel it’s haunted.”

Several high-profile people have lived in the “Ghost House” since Ackley sold the property including: movie director Adam Brooks, singer Ingrid Michaelson, and rapper Matisyahu.

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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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