If you’re in the market for a one-of-a-kind type of home, this $ 149,000 Vermont property might pique your interest. It doesn’t look like anything special from the outside, but it actually comes with its own creepy prison.
In Guidhall, a small town in Vermont, this 2,190-square-foot white and green home has been on the Realtor online real estate market for two months, priced at $ 149,000. It has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, hardwood floors and high ceilings, a beautiful garden and its own adjoining seven-cell prison. That’s right, a real prison where people were locked up until a few decades ago. This used to be the home of the city jail, and although the property has changed hands several times since, the jail has remained intact.
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“This house was the prison guard’s house with the prison attached. Over the years the house has been updated. It’s been a single family home for many years and the prison was just there, ”listing agent Jennifer Allen told Realtor.
“It’s still completely intact. It has the latches, it has it all, but it has deteriorated so it’s definitely not something anyone could just walk in and start using. It takes work. But it’s still there and attached to the house, ”added Allen.
There aren’t any creepy tales of haunted or strange noises associated with the 28 by 40 foot wing that once housed inmates, but the old prison still doesn’t look like the most welcoming place to be. Still, I’m sure there are people who would kill to live right next to a creepy old prison. If you are not, perhaps better use could be made of the prison.
“There are some historical things – like the old brick – that couldn’t be taken out, but someone could take out the bars and turn them into living space,” the listing agent said. The sellers have been thinking of converting it into a large family room or meeting room attached to the house. “
Built in 1880, Essex County Jail was decommissioned in 1969 and has been used as a single family home ever since.