New York’s Most Fashionable Haunted House!
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The House on Haunted Hill, The House at the End of the Street, Last House on the Left,… all terrifying names that make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end. The house on Richmond Road…as far as foreboding names go, doesn’t quite have that King-esque ring to it, certainly. But what the home lacks in a scary address, it more than makes up for in its strange history and spooky ambiance.
The Gustav Mayer House, a landmark mansion built in 1855 by New York Militia commander David Ryers, changed hands in 1889 to Mr. Mayer. The home would be owned by Gustav (one of the original 114 bakery owners that made up Nabisco) and his family until the 1980s. His daughters, who in their later years were so reclusive that they refused to leave the home, lowering baskets out of windows to collect groceries, laundry and the mail were the last of the Mayer family to live in the home.
The house was chipped and fading when its future owner, Bob Troiano, saw it as a young man and fell in love with the estate known as the Staten Island Grey Gardens. It wasn’t until the 1990s when Mr. Troiano finally purchased the 7,700-square-foot, 10-bedroom home. He immediately remodeled the first floor into a stylish and trendy living space that paid homage to the past in style. His family began the renovation of the upstairs when people began to get shot there, and that stopped everything.
The shooting was done by photographers from all over the fashion map, as the home’s eerie decay became a fashion hotspot for high-end magazines. From the first-floor chic to the second floor shriek, the home couldn’t be more different. This attracted high-fashion names like Elle, Vogue, Fossil, W and even one of the Olsen twins did a photo shoot behind the crumbling upstairs walls.
Its amazing history, fashion-friendly décor, view of Raritan Bay and fixer-upper status (if you want to take away the money making potential) are well worth the $2.31 million price tag. Just be aware that most in the fashion industry would love to see this home stay "as is" and not turned into "some clean yuppie mansion."