Freddy Krueger may no longer live here — but his home made famous in Wes Craven’s classic horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street” is now up for sale for $3.25 million.
However, the residence is not quite on 1428 Elm St. in Ohio: In fact, it’s located thousands of miles away on an upscale block of North Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles. Designed as a Dutch Colonial, the property has three bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms.
However, much like most infamous fright flicks, there is a twist.
To capitalize on the iconic 1984 film’s enduring appeal — and its dream-haunting, sequel-inducing past — all offers for the iconic home are due by midnight on Halloween.
It is the first time the house has been listed for sale since 2013, when filmmaker Lorene Scafaria, who helmed Jennifer Lopez’s hit “Hustlers,” purchased it for $2.1 million.
Built in 1919, the exterior still resembles how the home looked in the film — green shingles with a white base. However, the bright-red door of Freddy’s films has since been painted black.
“The façade is iconic, but the ties to the movie stop as soon as you walk through the front door. Inside, it’s a beautiful traditional-style space with a modern twist,” real estate agent Learka Bosnak of Douglas Elliman, who co-holds the listing with Heather T. Roy, told the Los Angeles Times.
BTW: If that $3.25 million price tag is blood-curdling to your budget — horror fans are still welcome to come take a tour during the open house hours. The listing agents told the LA Times they even plan on passing out sweets to trick-or-treaters who dare to visit Freddy’s house on Halloween.
“We all missed Halloween last year because of the pandemic, so this year is the Halloween comeback tour,” Bosnak told the outlet. “We have to celebrate.”
The home features walnut floors, archways, a retro-modern kitchen, en-suite bathrooms in every bedroom. Exterior features include an expansive terrace, a pool and citrus trees.
“An example of the best of indoor-outdoor Southern California living,” the listing states.
Brian Volk-Weiss, creator-director of Netflix’s series “The Movies That Made Us,” recently revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets of the original suburban horror house flick, which spawned a long list of sequels.
Director Craven christened his villain Fred Krueger after a schoolyard bully from his own childhood. “It’s a very personal movie,” said Volk-Weiss. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from directing ‘The Movies That Made Us,’ for these films to work at this level, it doesn’t happen unless you’ve made a personal movie.”
Meanwhile, Craven — who went on to launch the still-kicking “Scream” franchise in 1996 — was originally inspired by a story he read about a series of deaths-while-sleeping in a Cambodian community. The victims’ relatives thought nightmares were to blame — but “nobody knows if it was really true, but the people in the community, that was their takeaway,” Volk-Weiss told The Post.
Trivia flashback: The iconic knife glove was actually dangerous in real-life. Krueger actor Robert Englund nicked himself when he first tried it on. “Sometimes it just looks better on film,” said Volk-Weiss, “and you have to bite the bullet and just make sure everyone’s careful.”
The risks paid off at the box office: “Five or six dozen other horror films came out that year, and none of them were remembered,” said Volk-Weiss. “The fact that we’re still talking about this film tells you there’s heart in it.”
The home was completely transformed on the inside in the mid-2000s by an English designer, the listing states.
It also comes with a detached guesthouse.
Since the Spaulding Square neighborhood has a lack of palm trees and a variety of other vegetation, it gives the streets a classic look, which allows filmmakers to use the area to portray places outside Southern California.
“The whole neighborhood gets the tour bus treatment,” co-listing holder Roy, of Douglas Elliman, told the LA Times. “People always get tickled when they see it.”
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