Would you buy a haunted house? According to a 2017 survey conducted by realtor.com, 33 percent of the more than 1,000 respondents said they were open to living in a haunted house, while 25 percent might be, and 42 percent were not open to the idea.
That brings us to “The George Champlin Mason House” built by the architect for himself in 1873. Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the classic Victorian home is currently being used as a bed and breakfast known as, “The Architect’s Inn.” Champlin is Newport’s most famed native architect whose works includes The Eisenhower House and the Naval War College.
Across 5,800 square feet are 11 ensuite guest rooms, innkeepers accommodations, and a modern commercial kitchen. The main level has been restored, offering a library with a wood burning fireplace, large formal dining room, butlers kitchen and a parlor. The property also comes with all of its heritage furnishings—ready to go for the next owners.
Sitting on a third of an acre, outside there’s a large covered porch, lush gardens and unique tower in the backyard.
It seems as if the architect hung around following his death in 1894. The current owners of 15 years reported a number of encounters including an apparition of George arriving home and smelling cigarette smoke in the middle of the night.
The George Champlin Mason House is currently listed for $4.5 million. You can view more here.