With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a great time for everything scary, but California has a rich real estate history that lends itself to tales of real haunted houses. The homes aren’t just a figment of someone’s imagination—they have renowned reputations for being among the creepiest homes in the country.
Here’s our list of the 13 spookiest homes in California:
13. 1129 East Knollcrest Drive Covina, CA
This home, located in suburban Los Angeles was the site of a horrific holiday happening. On Christmas Eve of 2008, a deranged man dressed in a Santa Suit entered the home where a Christmas party was taking place. Nine people were murdered either by gunshot wounds or as the result of a subsequent fire that was started at the property. Authorities believe the horrendous holiday massacre was the result of a domestic dispute. Although the home has been demolished, construction workers on the site have witnessed strange apparitions and eerie feelings
12. 722 N. Elm Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
With its famous 90210 zip code, this home has become synonymous with horrible crimes. This luxury home is nearly 10,000 square feet, but it was also the site of the Menendez murders. Brothers Lyle and Erik murdered their parents in the home while they were watching TV. Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding the home, it is still an extremely valuable property, and it has been purchased by television producers and executives since the murders took place in 1989. Top real estate agents believe that the home is quickly sold after purchase due to the strange occurrences and noises when no one should be in the home.
11. 3925 S. Norton Avenue Los Angeles, CA
In the 1940s, a woman walking along the sidewalk on Norton St. found the mutilated body of a young woman that was later named The Black Dahlia. This was once a vacant lot, but there’s now a home located at the scene in South Central Los Angeles. The murder remains unsolved to this day.
10. 10050 Cielo Drive (now changed to 10066), Beverly Hills, CA
This address, located in posh Beverly Hills was the scene of the brutal murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate on August 9, 1969. In addition to Tate, five others were murdered by the Manson Family cult. The home had previously been the home of Henry Fonda, and the honeymoon location for Cary Grant. The original home was torn down in 1994, and a massive Mediterranean villa replaced it. Many believe that Sharon Tate roams the halls.
9. 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, CA
This is the location where iconic actress Marilyn Monroe died of an apparent overdose in 1962. The Spanish Colonial style house was Monroe’s home for about six months, and it has been listed for sale numerous times throughout the years, and a number of changes have been made to the home. Many suspect that her death was not a suicide and that she haunts the property to this day.
8. 875 S. Bundy Drive (now changed to 879 S. Bundy), Brentwood, CA
This nearly 4,000 square foot condo in Brentwood is the location where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were stabbed to death in 1994. The property was purchased two years after the murders, and remodeled, and the address was also changed. In 2006 the home sold again for just under two million dollars. O.J. Simpson was charged in the murders, but later found not guilty of all criminal charges. When the home was relisted for sale, agents who toured the home felt disturbances and unexplained temperature adjustments.
7. 18239 Paseo Victoria, Rancho Santa Fe, California
This address is the location for the Heaven’s Gate cult mass suicides that took place on March 26, 1997. 38 people committed suicide, in conjunction with the appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet. The home has since been demolished, and the street was renamed, in order to avoid the attention the home received following the cult suicide. Many of those that have been to the site have seen unexplained orbs and sounds with no cause.
6. Rispin Mansion (Santa Cruz)
The Rispin Mansion is a massive 22 room home that has been uninhabitable for over 50 years. The home was originally built in the early 1920s by Henry Allen Rispin. Mr. Rispin was initially an extremely wealthy real estate baron, but he soon lost his fortunes and died penniless. His remains were buried in an unmarked grave. The property has served as everything from a convent to a home for hippie squatters. The home was hit by a fire in 2009, and Santa Cruz recently put nearly $650,000 into repairing the property. When the home was occupied by the nuns, they soon vacated. The nuns complained that the home was too cold and constantly visited by unexpected “apparitions looking into the windows”.
5. Wattles Mansion (Hollywood)
The Wattles Mansion, located in Hollywood, is a beautiful, historic mansion with expansive gardens, but it’s also believed by many to be haunted. In fact, there used to be a bus stop located directly in front of the home, but it had to be moved because people were complaining of screams and other mysterious sounds coming from the home; when the home was empty. The home was built by a wealthy businessman from Omaha in 1907. Wattles’ wife died a few years after he built the home and he married a very young woman, and people still claim that the original Mrs. Wattles haunts the area.
4. Hart Mansion (Santa Clarita)
Built by silent movie star William Hart in 1921, this 21 room mansion sits on a hill in the Santa Clarita Valley. The home is now a museum. Countless visitors and museum docents have cited experiences with ghosts believed to be Mr. Hart and his sister, who were the only people who ever lived in the home.
3. Chambers Mansion (San Francisco)
Located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, the Chambers Mansion was built in 1887. The home was built by Richard Chambers, who inhabited it with his two nieces, who were enemies. After Chamber’s death, one sister stayed in the home and the other moved next door. The sister who lived in the home was cut in half in what was referred to as a “farm accident”, although many suspect foul play. The home is still believed to be haunted by the ghost of the woman who lived there. It’s also believed that Chambers and his nieces engaged in witchcraft and the dark arts.
2. Winchester Mystery House (San Jose)
A beautiful Victorian mansion located in Northern California, the Winchester House, it’s believed that the home is haunted by its original owner, Sarah Winchester, who was part of a gun making fortune. There are legends floating around that Winchester moved west and built the home to satisfy the spirits of the people who had been killed by her family’s guns.
1.Whaley House (San Diego)
This Greek Revival style house is a historical landmark in the state of California and in 2005, Life Magazine referred to the Whaley House as the most haunted house in America. A member of the Whaley family, Violet, committed suicide after her new husband was discovered to be a con artist. Other family members who died inside the home include a baby, Thomas Jr., and several others. Many visitors to the home have experienced paranormal activities throughout the years, and it’s mentioned frequently in pop culture.