There are all sorts of homes for all sorts of people. You can live underground in a Las Vegas nuclear bunker. It’s made to feel like a retirement home in Del Boca Vista. Or spend your time in a giant replica Idaho potato. You can even room with a bunch of mannequins dressed as beauty contestants. But if you’re looking for something unique with plenty of space, and possibly plenty of ghosts, you’ll want to check out a listing for a haunted jail in Florida.
Which also features one of the best sales pitches you’ll ever see.
Realtor.com currently has a listing for an incredible property (which we first learned about at Boing Boing). It looks like the set of True Detective season one came to life. Because this two-story “single-family home” in Trenton, Florida started as something very different. (All caps from Realtor.com) “THE ONLY DECOMMISSIONED, CERTIFIABLY HAUNTED JAIL IN THE STATE.”
It’s why this small 0.23-acre lot has eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms. It also has a backstory that will make fans of the macabre ready to pack up and move to Trenton.
But while this is clearly a “fixer-upper,” there’s still reason to buy it. The listing’s official description of this property is an entire series of novels waiting to happen.
“The old Gilchrist county jail in Trenton is a very unique attraction for those thrill seekers out there whom over the years have come from all over the world to document the heavy paranormal activity that frequently occurs inside and outside of the jail. See apparitions walking around the grounds in broad day. Possibly the spirits within will voice what’s on their mind when you arrive before you even make it inside. This location was used as the Gilchrist county jail actively from 1928 to 1968 with the home/living addition to the jail was actually built in 1966 just 2 years before ceasing operation.
Home to years of grisly stand offs, killings and much more its no surprise this location is loaded with visible and Audible paranormal activity. Can you can believe years ago they would lock the prisoners in and there would be no one in the jail with them? As you can imagine that opened the door up for extreme nefarious activity. The Old Gilchrist county jail is still operating tours and having paranormal ghost club meetings. This is an awesome turnkey tourist related business opportunity!”
Have to be honest: we kind of want to buy this place. Even if it’s not actually haunted now, it might be someday, like if an actual family moved in. If you want that family to be yours, it’s listed for $139,990. That’s a steal if you think about all the rent you can collect from all those “rooms.”
Of course, ghosts don’t pay room and board. You’ll need to find others who want to call a haunted jail home.