1An Abandoned Mansion in Los Angeles Reflects a Decades-Old Murder Mystery
A year later, the house and its original contents were sold in a probate auction to Emily and Julian Enriquez. The couple never spent a night in the home but used it for storage, instead. When they died, their son inherited the property, but has also never lived there. Over the decades, the mansion, which boasts a maid's quarters, a ballroom, a conservatory, and four master-bedroom-sized sleeping quarters, has fallen into disrepair. Potential buyers have offered millions for the property, but it remains locked and off the market, virtually frozen in time to that tragic night over fifty years ago.
2A New York Summer Estate Abandoned in the 1940s is the Ultimate Fixer-Upper
The villa was sold to General Electric, who planned to demolish it. Materials from the home were offered to anyone who would salvage them, so stained glass windows and whole sections of flooring were removed. Soon, World War II intervened and General Electric abandoned the property entirely. The villa, which is located on 7 acres with gorgeous river views, is currently listed for $495,000, but will require millions more to bring it back to its former glory.
3A Reclusive Heiress Dies and Leaves Behind Three Abandoned Properties
Clark owned a 42-room apartment on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan, a $24 million Connecticut chateau, and Bellosguardo, a palatial Santa Barbara estate valued at $100 million. All properties were maintained by caretakers as if Clark could arrive at any minute, but she never did. Clark hadn't visited Bellosguardo since 1960 and never actually set foot in the Connecticut chateau.
While the Connecticut home remains on the market, the city of Santa Barbara readies itself to open the doors of Bellosguardo to the general public.
4A Derelict Mansion in Wales Gutted by Arson Gets a New Lease on Life
The Sandbach family sold the hall in the early 1930s. The building has had different uses over the years, serving as a school for girls, an accountancy college, and finally a nursing home. By 1993, the home was closed and the hall soon fell victim to dry rot. Ten years later, the main part of the home was destroyed by arsonists and the site was left abandoned until recently, when the hall was purchased for £390,000. The new owners plan to rebuild Hafodunos for use as a single dwelling.
5A Deserted Estate in Belgium is Filled with Dirty Clothes, Toys, and Expensive Furniture
6German Doctor's Estate Left Filled with Terrifying Medical Equipment
7Apple Founder Steve Jobs Abandons His Northern California Estate
In 2004, Jobs made plans to raze the Jacking House and build a more modern family home in its place, but was met with resistance from local preservationists. The battle over the home raged in the courts until 2011, when Jobs was finally granted the permits for demolition and the home was razed that year. Jobs, however, was unable to realize his dream of building a new residence; he died of pancreatic cancer later that year.
8A Once Majestic Estate and Former Home to University Presidents is Deemed Unlivable and Abandoned
The estate has been described as unlivable by former residents, with roof leaks, mold, and broken fixtures. Rat traps have also been placed throughout the mansion. Estimates start at $2 million in order to make the house safe and livable, while a more ambitious renovation will cost upwards of $10 million.
9Chinese Mansion Left Empty for Several Years Because Locals Believe It's Haunted
As the story goes, the home was built about 100 years ago as a gift to British colonists. By the end of 1949, the mansion was home to a high ranking nationalist official, who fled Beijing for Taiwan as the Communists marched in. In despair from being left behind, his wife hanged herself from the rafters of the home.
Chaonei No. 81 has been riddled with rumors of paranormal activity ever since, despite there being no real record of the incident ever having occurred. Government officials have tried to raze the home, but it has been placed on the historic register. The only signs of life at Chaonei No. 81 are graffiti and beer bottles from those brave enough to venture within its walls.
10A 40-Bedroom, 12-Bathroom Mansion Frozen in Time Stands Abandoned in Yorkshire