If your taste runs a little spooky — or your sense of humor just a little kooky — have we got the Portland listing for you: a gothic Victorian mansion inspired by The Munsters is for sale, and for under $500K.
Tucked away between more modern-looking houses in a Northeast Portland neighborhood, this recent build was designed to look like the gothic Victorian-styled mansion featured in the 1960s cult classic The Munsters — a lifelong dream for local businessman and Munsters superfan George DeVita and his wife, Sarah, who listed the property last week on RedFin for $435,000 (editor's note: it's currently pending sale).
One step through the front doors of the 1,900-square-foot, three bedroom, two bathroom Victorian and visitors are greeted by a familiar (to fans of the show) grand, gothic staircase, complete with carved wooden gargoyles capping the balustrades, thanks to local woodworker Gene Newell, who designed and built the mansion. (A full suit of armor also stands guard at the top of the steps — BYO pet dragon.)
Just to the left of the entryway, in the formal living room, is a slate fireplace with an antique wood and metal mantel flanked by candelabra, an antique electric chair, and an antique pipe organ. All thanks to the couple's reuse mindset, the 2011 build (and staging) prominently features period details thrifted and salvaged from rebuilding supply stores to give it an authentic feel — both for the macabre Victorian era and the show.
"We're like a green (build) house," DeVita told The Oregonian newspaper back in 2010, when construction was still underway, pointing to a multicolor glass-paned door used for the first floor bathroom, which was literally pulled from a refuse pile, and the real firehouse pole (a la Eddie Munster) that was eventually installed, leading from their son's second floor bedroom down to the kitchen.
DeVita, a plumber, is also a member of the Coffin Cruisers Hearse Club of Portland — and regularly parks his vintage 1972 Cadillac hearse outside, he told The Oregonian. He and Sarah also talk more about their unusually inspired design process and building decisions — well worth the full read.
Not familiar with The Munsters and the 1960s "funny monsters" craze in general? Here's a short documentary about the family at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and why they're still in syndication (on Nick at Nite and elsewhere around the world) more than 50 years later.
As for this house for sale, consider what television critic Matt Roush once said:
"Talk about fantasy. Everybody I knew wanted to live in the Munster's House. It just seemed like the coolest house ever."
Check out the 3D house tour for this "hot listing" over on RedFin.