Take a look inside the $1.5 million house that inspired ‘The Conjuring.’ Its new owner claims to have already experienced paranormal activity.6 min read
The haunted house that inspired “The Conjuring” was sold for $1.5 million.
The three-bedroom home was built in 1736 and sits on an 8.5-acre lot surrounded by woods.
The new owner intends to continue using it as an overnight paranormal investigation business.
The haunted farmhouse that inspired the horror movie “The Conjuring” has been sold for $1.5 million, up from its original asking price of $1.2 million.
The Burrillville, Rhode Island, house is “one of the most well-known haunted houses in the United States,” per the listing.
Cory and Jennifer Heinzen bought the home at 1677 Round Top Road in June 2019 for $439,000, listing records show. Two years later, they put it up for sale for $1.2 million.
They have now sold the property for $1.5 million, per a press release from their agents, Benjamin Kean and Ben Gugliemi of the Blackstone Team at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty.
Although constructed in 1736, the property only started showing up in official records in 1836, Kean told The Wall Street Journal in 2021.
The median listing home price in Burrillville is $420,000, per Realtor.com. The $1.5 million farmhouse is a price outlier and the most expensive home sold in Burrillville on record, the listing agents told Insider.
The Heinzens did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“The Conjuring” is loosely based on the real-life work of ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren, who investigated paranormal events at the house in the 1970s.
The Perrons and their five daughters lived in the home from 1971 to 1980, per The Conjuring House, a website dedicated to the estate.
During their stay, they were subjected to numerous ghostly happenings, eldest daughter Andrea Perron told USA Today in 2013. She claims she witnessed her mother being possessed by a spirit. Eventually, the family turned to paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren for help.
While “The Conjuring” was not filmed at 1677 Round Top Road, the Perron family’s supernatural experiences in the house formed the basis of the 2013 film. The movie was turned into a franchise with numerous sequels and spin-offs, including “The Conjuring 2” and “Annabelle.”
The Heinzens, who just sold the house for $1.5 million, claim to have experienced several creepy moments in the house, too.
“We’ve had doors open on their own, footsteps, disembodied voices, electronic voice phenomena, and some awesome spirit-box sessions,” Cory told Insider’s Susie Heller in a 2019 interview.
The Heinzens used the property as a business where visitors could conduct overnight paranormal investigations, per The Conjuring House website. They charged $125 per person for an overnight investigation that started at 6 p.m. and lasted until 8 a.m the next morning.
They decided to let go of the property due to Cory’s health problems and the stress of managing the business, the Heinzens told The Wall Street Journal in May.
The new owner of the home is real-estate developer Jacqueline Nuñez, who was represented by Ricardo Rodriguez and Bethany Eddy of Coldwell Banker Realty in the transaction.
“We are thrilled for our client. She has been very excited about this home from day one. Not only is this a record-breaking sale for that market but it is a significant home with a unique history,” the buyer’s agents told Insider.
The farmhouse sits on 8.5 acres of land and is surrounded by a dense forest.
It’s a 40-minute drive from Providence. The remote location is part of the reason why Nuñez fell in love with the house.
“Even without the paranormal activity, this would be a place that I would have loved to own. Stone walls, a river that runs through it, the woods, a footbridge, an open field — it’s just a gorgeous property,” Nuñez told Insider.
Rumor has it that the home is haunted by the ghost of Bathsheba Sherman, who had lived there in the 1800s, per the listing. It’s the main entity that terrorized Perron’s family, Perron told USA Today. This spirit also served as inspiration for the main antagonist in the film.
Nuñez’s deep interest in the paranormal is what drew her to the home.
“I believe with the happenings at this house, it really gives us an opportunity to study the activity and to communicate with people who have died,” she said.
Although she is a real-estate developer in Boston, Nuñez stressed that she did not purchase the property to create any new developments.
“It was a personal purchase for me,” she said.
The house features beamed ceilings and wide-board hardwood floors. Ouija boards sit atop the fireplace mantel.
To ensure that the next owner lives up to their expectations, the Heinzens insisted on interviewing her before she was allowed to purchase the home, Nuñez said.
“They wanted to find someone that was going to keep and grow the business that they had started, which I absolutely intended to do,” she said.
The Heinzens also wanted to make sure that whoever bought the house did not live in it year round, she added.
“I didn’t sign anything that limits me in terms of how often I can be there. But their reason for that is because the energy there is so strong that it can begin to affect people who are in the house for an extended period of time,” she said.
Due to competition from other buyers, Nuñez ended up purchasing the house for more than its original asking price of $1.2 million.
The Heinzens told The Journal that they had received more than 10 offers for the house when they first put it up for sale, including anonymous bids.
“There were so many offers — it was a bidding war,” Nuñez said. “I feel very fortunate that I’m the one that ended up with the property.”
Despite closing on the property just last week, Nuñez told Insider she’s already had first-hand experiences with paranormal activity in the house.
“I was with a ghost hunting group last night. We were sitting upstairs and they were trying to talk to some of the spirits,” she said. “There was loud and heavy footfall on a staircase, and we could have sworn that there was actually someone else in the house, but there wasn’t. That was pretty amazing to hear.”
The house has three bedrooms and one full bathroom. There’s also a barn that is currently being used as storage, Nuñez said.
“I think the Perron family and even a couple of other owners had animals in there, including horses,” she said.
While she has no concrete plans to renovate the barn at the moment, she hopes to turn it into an events space sometime in the future, she added.
As the home’s new owner, Nuñez is fully prepared to encounter some spooky events.
“I mean, I certainly expect that things that will startle me will happen, but I don’t believe that the energy in the house is evil at all,” she said.
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