Dracula's Hollywood Hills Mansion (Along With Its Purported Ghost) Is Now Up For Sale
Celebrities and exorbitantly priced real estate go hand-in-hand, and the latest Hollywood mansion to hit the market belongs to none other than Bela Lugosi, the actor who brought Count Dracula to life in the 1931 film.
Many A-Listers have called the three-bedroom Tudor property in Beachwood Canyon home, but Lugosi’s imprint has stayed strong over the decades; the $3 million estate is still referred to as the “Lugosi Home” to this day. The actor and his fourth wife resided at the mansion in the early 1930s, often taking advantage of the home’s proximity to the Hollywood sign with frequent hikes.
Although modernized, the home prides itself on its vintage roots, which features ornate wooden doors, mahogany peg-and-groove flooring, and gothic architecture. The mansion also comes with a heated in-ground spa, an outdoor stone shower, a gym, a wine cellar, and last but not least, a history of ghostly apparitions. According to the Daily Mail, New York Times bestselling author and psychic Sylvia Browne once found Lugosi’s spirit while she toured the home with paranormal investigators. Browne wrote about the experience in her 2011 book, Afterlives of the Rich and Famous, noting that Lugosi’s “earthbound spirit remained” in one of the home’s rooms. According to Browne, Lugosi laid in a wooden casket (in his Dracula cape, no less) and looked Brown in the eyes before saying “You weren’t invited.” To add another layer to the already unnerving history of the Lugosi Home, actress Kathy Bates — who has beautifully portrayed crazed murderers in Misery as well as American Horror Story: Coven — was once a resident of the mansion.
Spine-chilling notes aside, the mansion has three-bedrooms, two bathrooms, and occupies 3,484 square feet of this earthly realm.
If you're not familiar with Lugosi's work, here's a good introduction: