things in houses that would give you the creeps

(39 Posts)
dizzyhoneybee Sun 07-Apr-13 18:26:14

Following on from haunted houses threads, picture 10 of this house would give me the creeps, I couldn't sit on the sofa with that behind me!

What feature would give you the creeps in a house?

willyoulistentome Sun 07-Apr-13 18:31:57

What that Buddah thing? Wouldn't really bother me. Not sure about their bling decor - but what a flipping gorgeous place!! No wonder it's so expensive.

I don't like dark wood staircases and banisters and creepy grandfather fact any loud ticking clocks. Wouldn't be keen on mounted dead animals deads on walls either.

expatinscotland Sun 07-Apr-13 18:33:19

I don't like the windy, long, open staircases in period houses.

expatinscotland Sun 07-Apr-13 18:34:27

The price of that house freaks the shit out of me!

EffieTheDuck Sun 07-Apr-13 18:36:18


500internalerror Sun 07-Apr-13 18:40:59

The picture of the tap running alone is more scary!!!!

expatinscotland Sun 07-Apr-13 18:41:48

Priest holes.

dizzyhoneybee Sun 07-Apr-13 18:47:14

Oh yes, priest holes - I couldn't have a house with one of those without a massive piece of heavy furniture on top of it.
Yes, the Buddha thing; with that right behind the sofa I'd feel like I was being watched by something like a Dr Who weeping angel!

ByTheWay1 Sun 07-Apr-13 18:47:58

Cellars - creeeeepy.... and attics with a staircase and a locked door...

locked doors creep me out - we hired a 4 bed villa in Florida and they had an owners lockup room in there - I spent all 2 weeks wondering if there was a mad axe murderer behind the locked door......

expatinscotland Sun 07-Apr-13 18:48:49

YY, I hate cellars/basements.

dizzyhoneybee Sun 07-Apr-13 18:59:15

When I lived in an old house it had a trapdoor which lifted to show a space about 6 feet long and 3 feet wide; I had it boarded up, there was no way I was keeping that! This was in the same house that had the black character that walked along the hall and went me the creeps just thinking of of it.

ipswichwitch Sun 07-Apr-13 19:02:58

Cellars and the sort of windows that faces look in, ie creepy old fashioned ones with no curtains

expatinscotland Sun 07-Apr-13 19:10:28

I don't like open corridors on first/second floors, either, with bannisters running along them. No, just no.

ByTheWay1 Sun 07-Apr-13 19:27:34

I don't like balconies either - I feel like I'm going to tip over the railings...

MrsJamin Sun 07-Apr-13 22:04:23

Would never buy a house with a cellar or balcony, scary things! Also hate steep steps in garden as worry the boys would fall down them.

littlecrystal Sun 07-Apr-13 22:36:47

I also don't like attics and cellars, especially cellars. And I don't like thinking about that 5ft deep space underneath my floorboards (victorian house) and what 110 year old crap could hide in there. I'd much prefer concrete on the ground floor.

serin Sun 07-Apr-13 23:06:04

Cellars and monkey puzzle trees.

expatinscotland Sun 07-Apr-13 23:11:15

I hate monkey puzzle trees.

Picture 7 in this link (Courtesy of a February thread on here). Even if it got moved, you'd still know it had been there).

Ponyofdoom Sun 07-Apr-13 23:24:54

I viewed a house which had someone else's wood almost right up to the back of the house. That was spooky. Another place had a really sinister conifer wood that was really dark even in daylight, deathly silent and all the trees had sort of drawn the soil up around the trunks. It was horrid.

Shodan Sun 07-Apr-13 23:29:53

I like cellars. We had one in the house I grew up in- it smelled lovely!

But the other half of our semi-d had their upper staircase blocked in with a door, where ours was open. That was proper creepy.

I don't like too many trees around a house- just begging to hide rapists, axe-murderers and other nasties.

500internalerror Mon 08-Apr-13 00:13:11


500internalerror Mon 08-Apr-13 00:13:38

Oops caps, sorry!

GreenEggsAndNichts Mon 08-Apr-13 00:15:18

Sorry but laughing at that tap photo. I mean, holy shit, a tap with water coming out of it? Get out of town! I'm on the phone with my mortgage lender right now!

GreenEggsAndNichts Mon 08-Apr-13 00:16:21

moonlight just clicked your link. I shouldn't have done just before bed. sad

willyoulistentome Mon 08-Apr-13 00:17:51

Hahaha - what the Hell is it meant to be? and WHY would you leave it out for an estate agent to photograph?

littletingoddess Mon 08-Apr-13 00:23:27

What is that in Moonlight's link? That is vairy creepy.

GreenEggsAndNichts Mon 08-Apr-13 00:26:06

It looks like.. a mummified annubis.

I have no idea. But it's the creepiest thing I've seen in a long while.

VerySmallSqueak Mon 08-Apr-13 00:31:12

Woods around a house aren't creepy if it's what you're used to.
I'd find it creepy to live with a ground level window onto a quiet back alley in a city.
Sends a shudder up my spine thinking about it.

willyoulistentome Mon 08-Apr-13 00:35:01

I live in a house in the woods with no curtains. We don't need curtains as there's nobody about to see in anyway. It doesn't scare me at all, but I can see why it might freak others out a bit. I also find the idea of living in a city quite scary. All that crime!!

VerySmallSqueak Mon 08-Apr-13 00:41:14

I live in the woods too will,and I find it much more scary to think of a window without curtains in the city.

I quite like the Buddha in the OP's link.I'd find it quite calming.

Stairs with gaps in , I just can't walk up or down them without a panic attack even though the house I grew up in had stairs like it & there was nothing sinister about them hmm
Cellars/Lofts & Atticks (sp)
My Dm house has a humongous cellar with the original open fire place where you can see up the chimney not that I have looked

SingingSands Mon 08-Apr-13 00:55:44

Stairs with gaps in, I fell through a set once when I was 4 and trapped my leg, my parents were being shown around a house by the owner and didn't notice. I was stuck and too frightened to cry out, so I untwisted myself and hobbled after them. Sad face.

dizzyhoneybee Mon 08-Apr-13 06:07:19

It's not so much the Buddha but the fact that it appears to be right behind the sofa, I wouldn't want anything I could think was a ghost/monster/whatever behind me. I'd prefer the Buddha to the thing that Moonlight saw, that is just nightmare inducing.

NotMostPeople Mon 08-Apr-13 08:48:59

My Sister viewed a house last year that she loved but just the other side of the garden fence was an undertakers. She agonised for ages over it, but in the end she just couldn't do it.

The duck in one of the other photos isn't too great either. If you have a look on Google Earth, you can see the 'thing' in the window - it's even worse from that angle.

Mind you, an MNer lives near there and said it's now been removed probably lurking in the cellar waiting for the new owner's first night in the house...

willyoulistentome Mon 08-Apr-13 13:00:05

My brother and his family live in a house right next to a lovely old church. One of their house walls is part of the boundary with the churchyard. If you look out of his window there are gravestones inches from his living room. If they were the other way around the bodies would be under his floor. Not sure I would like that very much. (The rest of the house is amazing though)

500internalerror Mon 08-Apr-13 20:34:27

Moonlight - I see what you mean about google earth; I imagine that thing is a bit of a local landmark!

expatinscotland Mon 08-Apr-13 21:05:30

It's the living you need to worry about.

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