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4 Oct 2012

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Replica Disney Haunted Mansion home for sale

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 @ 11:41AM Share on facebook
 
 

Ever wanted to live in the Haunted Mansion? Now, you can do the next closest thing.

A replica of the Disney attraction is for sale, and it's an actual, habitable home.

The "Haunted Mansion Home" is located in Duluth, Georgia, near Atlanta, but it's being sold by Theme Park Connection, a warehouse shop located in Winter Garden that specializes in buying and selling Disney items.

The home's foreboding exterior matches that of the original, Disneyland version of the Haunted Mansion, which can be found in New Orleans Square, as opposed to Walt Disney World's Liberty Square. So, instead of the Dutch Gothic-inspired mansion we're used to seeing in Central Florida, this replica manor takes on the original Haunted Mansion's Southern-style antebellum architecture.

Owner, designer and Disney contractor Mark Hurt admitted the home isn't really haunted. But while most of the inside looks like a perfectly livable, gothic-inspired home, there is one especially eerie touch: An animated Hitchhiking Ghost in one of the bathroom mirrors.

As for the price to own your very own Haunted Mansion replica: $873,000.

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News release from Theme Park Connection:

Owner and designer of the home, Mark Hurt, a Disney contractor, partnered with Theme Park Connection to sell the property after becoming a customer of the company. Hurt built the 4-story, over 10,000 square foot, 7 Bedroom, 6 Bath home in 1996 and added elements to replicate the attraction at Disneyland.

Per the attraction spiel "there is always room for one more," but in this case it's one more family, not ghosts. Hurt has assured us, though, that the house is not actually haunted, as he had lived there with his wife and son for many years.

Mark, who owns the company Constructioneer, is no stranger to Disney projects and has made sure the design matched the dimensions and architectural structure of the real Disneyland Haunted mansion as closely as possible. He even found the actual foundry that Walt Disney used to make the iron details of the original Haunted Mansion and had them make the iron details for this house.

You will find an authentic attraction welcome gate plaque at the entrance, the iconic front four white pillars and on top of the roof, the 4 faux smoke stacks that match the Disneyland Haunted Mansion to a tee.

Flickering lights and outside elements add to the uniqueness of the replica of the attraction home's exterior. Of course, he had to add other elements to make the home livable, like real bedrooms, bathrooms and a mailbox, but has included unique interior design elements. One in particular is an animated bathroom Hitchhiking Ghost scene. The inside unfortunately doesn't have the Disneyland Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy ride, but rather is more reminiscent of a real mansion.

Hurt is selling the home because he has moved on to an even more ambitious project, but hasn't stopped designing and building unique Disney-inspired buildings. Mark is working on his current project of a resort themed house modeled after Disney's Grand Californian, along with a replica of Walt Disney's backyard barn and a pool that will be themed to the Jungle Cruise. Hurt says that "Walt Disney was the mentor that I had but never met."

Pricing and more information can be found on Theme Park Connection's website. Only real estate agents, media and pre-qualified people will be able to view the home, so unfortunately, there will be no public tours offered.



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