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A Spooky Star-Studded Listing: Matisyahu’s Ghost House for Sale

As summer begins to fade and the fall weather starts to creep in, the haunted listings soon follow. A famous haunted home with a star-studded history of owners hit the market today, and we couldn’t be more excited.

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As summer begins to fade and the fall weather starts to creep in, the haunted listings soon follow. A famous haunted home with a star-studded history of owners hit the market today, and we couldn’t be more excited. Built in 1890, the Victorian-style home is located in Nyack, New York and sits right on the Hudson River. Known as the “Ghost House” in New York, the home’s history not only includes a list of celebrities but also a famous court case.

Helen Ackley, one of the home’s previous owners reported poltergeists and chilling events while living there with her family from the 1960s through the 1980s. Some of the reports say Ackley’s daughter would awake in the middle of the night to ghosts shaking her bed or gifts her other children would receive would suddenly go missing. When she listed the home for sale in 1989, it was purchased by Jeffrey Stambovsky for $650,000 and although he was from New York, he had never heard of the home’s chilling past. Ackley’s agent had never disclosed the haunted claims to Stambovsky, who later filed a lawsuit for fraudulent misrepresentation and requested the contract of sale be revoked. New York’s Supreme Court then ruled that due to the reports made by Ackley she must disclose the existence of ghosts to potential buyers since it affects the property value, and with that, the home became legally haunted.

Now, the home has been owned by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and is currently owned by Jewish rapper and reggae singer, Matisyahu.

With gorgeous riverfront views and more than 4,500 square feet of space, the home is listed for $1.9 million. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home still features the Victorian style it’s famously known for, however, it’s been updated throughout the years with modern appliances and accents. The turret roofing, fenced-in backyard, and wrap around porch are among the first features that capture your attention, but the interior is where you truly appreciate the beauty of the home. 

Wooden accents framing the walls and ceiling in the entryway keep the 129-year-old home’s history alive. Moving into the living room, bay windows allow plenty of natural light to flood into the house while offering a relaxing, scenic view of the Hudson River. 

The dining area leads to a completely upgraded kitchen, with gourmet Viking appliances, black cabinetry, and an industrial-style island, balancing modern accents with Victorian architecture perfectly. A blue tile backsplash gives an added touch of color to the otherwise neutral space.

The master bedroom features natural hardwood floors, bay windows, a large walk-in closet, and an expansive master bathroom. A large soak-in bathtub is the centerpiece of the bathroom with the stark blue contrast from the white walls and flooring. With his and hers sinks, there’s plenty of space for any guests, (wanted or unwanted), if you decide to purchase this historic home. 

Thinking about moving into New York’s famous “Ghost House”? Or maybe you prefer to live with the living? Either way, check out our step-by-step guides on buying, renting, or selling your next home.

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