The One Where It’s Charming Until It’s Not Charming and You Die

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Look, it’s got stained glass and everything. What could possibly go wrong?

So, about 20 awesome readers of the Wednesday WTF sent me this listing for this uh, charming abode in Australia. So obviously, it’s this week’s column, right?

I mean, I’ll be honest, at first this rock house seems like a real historic charmer. It has a clawfoot tub, for chrissakes, which everyone knows means it’s both historic and fancy.

And it really is a charming house. Look at all the period details. Look at the fireplaces.

Look at the pretty grounds. There’s even a pool.

I mean, you know something’s coming, right? It’s Wednesday. Something’s coming.

Look at the pretty dining room with the oh…

Is that …

I’ll be honest. That’s not the scariest thing in the house. Not by a long shot.

Because, well …


The listing is completely truthful, too, although the realtor does put um, a positive spin on it, if one can put a positive spin on death monster decor in three rooms.

“Mystery and intrigue, OMG beats anything you will ever see, it’s at every turn!

History, excitement. Challenge your senses. If you are a scaredy cat, don’t come.


I’m so excited and privileged just to see this two storey blue-stone residence, its not for the faint hearted but WOW, what a property.

This has been in the same family since 1977. The family of six best describe the fun and good times as Mrs Bates in the Hitchcock movie. The house on the hill.”

So … yeah.

Want to see more of the listing? Here you go.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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