House From Slasher ‘Halloween’ Lists for $1.8 Million
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House From Slasher ‘Halloween’ Lists for $1.8 Million

By V.L. HENDRICKSON
Wed, Sep 13, 2023 8:42amGrey Clock 2 min

A California house featured in the 1978 slasher film “Halloween” has hit the market for $1.8 million.

The South Pasadena house was used as the fictional Haddonfield, Illinois, home of teenager Laurie Strode—played by Jamie Lee Curtis—in the horror classic, according to Heidi T. Babcock and Andrea Marcum-Valentine at EXP of Greater Los Angeles, who listed the property last week.

Fans will recognise the stoop where Curtis sat in the first “Halloween” movie, holding a pumpkin, the agents noted. Based on the story of Michael Myers and his murderous exploits, the film was one of the first big breaks in Curtis’s career and the franchise went on to include 12 titles. “Halloween Ends,” also starring Curtis, was released last year.

The home was built in 1906, with additions from 1948. It’s been in the same family for generations, according to Babcock, and is now a “legal triplex,” giving the buyer rental opportunities.

Jamie Lee Curtis on the set of “Halloween,” written and directed by John Carpenter.
Corbis via Getty Images

There are two one-bedroom, one-bathroom units, plus a two-bedroom apartment—all of which are currently unoccupied. They each have “picturesque windows and lovely views of the surrounding trees and neighbourhood,” and there’s a shared backyard, the listing said.

Outside, there’s an avocado tree planted by the sellers’ grandfather in the 1940s, according to the listing. They were not available for comment, and Mansion Global could not determine exactly when the home last traded or for how much.

The property is located in the historic Mission West neighbourhood of South Pasadena, an area known for its walkability, Babcock said. Shops, restaurants, a farmer’s market and the library are all within a short walk, and a LA Metro station is three blocks away.

TMZ first reported the listing.

This article originally appeared on Mansion Global.



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For aspiring homeowners, be it a first-time buyer, downsizer, or investor, picturing your idea of homeownership bliss is the easy part. But before deliberating on furniture choices or scouting for that perfect neighbourhood coffee, understanding your purchasing power stands out as the most important step in ensuring your success in homeownership.

And with the Australian property market gaining momentum in 2024, there’s never been a better time to come to grips with your financial options.

In 2023, amid the changing financial landscape that saw rising interest rates and the cost of living skyrocket, among other factors, the total amount borrowed for property purchases across Australia was estimated at $300.9 billion, a 12.7 percent decrease from the previous year, according to PEXA’s latest Mortgage Insights Report.

Each mainland state also experienced a decline in new lending, according to the report, with Victoria and New South Wales seeing the biggest drops to $84.1 billion and $109.5 billion, respectively.

While this trend reflects the repercussions of such financial hardships on the everyday Australian, John Morello, director and auctioneer at Jellis Craig, said we’re seeing renewed confidence in the property market during the first quarter of 2024, particularly in Melbourne.

“Auction clearance rates have started the year strongly and consumer sentiment is rising. This lift is driven by cooling inflation and an improved outlook on interest rates. At Jellis Craig, as with the rest of the market, we are experiencing an increase in volume of property compared to the same period in March last year (up 28% in 2024),” Mr Morello said.

“Melbourne’s property market, in particular, is showing its ongoing evolution and resilience.”

PEXA’s report revealed that, while borrowing saw a decrease in 2023 in Australia, Australians still invested $613.0 billion in property purchases in 2023. In 2024, purchasing confidence is only going up, as prospective first home buyers, seasoned downsizers, and savvy investors look to capitalise on a flood of new property hitting the market, coupled with the lowering of interest rates across the board.

“With more certainty in the economic outlook, along with an increase in volume of property available, we are seeing these factors translate to early signs of a boost in confidence in both buyers and sellers,” said Mr Morello.

“Further encouraging data shows that whilst there is more property available to purchase, more people are inspecting property, again indicating that demand has increased broadly across our marketplace.”

If you’re in the market for a new property, the biggest question you must ask yourself is how much house can I afford?

A great starting place is to speak with your mortgage broker or financial professional, who can guide you on your lending options. This is critical, as you need to know what your future repayment options might look like, and ultimately, what you will typically be able to afford.

A useful tool for judging whether you can afford a specific property is to factor in the 28/36 rule — a rough guide that suggests you should not spend more than 28 percent of your gross monthly income on housing, and no more than 36 percent on all debts. Another useful tool is the idea of a debt-to-income ratio (DTI); a formula whereby an individual can divide all of their monthly debt payments by gross monthly income to arrive at a number that one can measure as a way of managing monthly mortgage payments.

Mr Morello emphasised the need to understand affordability and what’s feasible for each individual when looking to make a purchase, no matter the budget, on a property in 2024.

“It’s pivotal to work out what you can afford. Get your finances in order. Consider all associated costs with buying, and research what concessions and grants are available,” said Mr Morello.

“It’s easy for individuals to begin the process today. Start actively searching potential properties on a weekly basis, and research areas you are interested in. Check weekly sales results, attend inspections and auctions, to get a feel for the process. Just remember, it’s important to be really comfortable in understanding your living expenses, and what the ongoing expenses will be once you have bought a property.

“For example, mortgage repayments, council rates, water, power, owners corp fees, insurances, maintenance costs; if you are buying as an investment, the Land Tax payable on that property which is an ongoing tax. There’s many factors to consider.”

To see what’s possible for your specific circumstances, visit our Finance Portal for specific tools, guides and tips—as well as our own mortgage calculator—to assist you on your property journey.

 

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