Colorful Coastal Home in Spooky St. Augustine
With Halloween almost at our doorstep, the clock is clicking as we continue our hunt for homes in America's most haunted cities. Today we head south from Massachusetts to a spooky city in the otherwise sunshine-y state of Florida.
Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, St. Augustine is the oldest European-established city in the United States. During its rich history of settlement, St. Augustine was repeatedly raided, invaded and burned by a handful of privateers and colonial forces. After an attack in 1668, the Spanish constructed Castillo de San Marcos to try and catch a break – and it worked: The fort was indestructible and fire resistant. It now stands as the nation’s oldest fort and popular landmark in St. Augustine.
Location: St. Augustine, Fla.
Listed by: Irene Arriola of Saltwater Property Group
Today, the streets of this charming city are lined with tourists on guided ghost tours of historic downtown. Take your pick: they’ve got walking, riding (trolley or hearse!) and pub-hopping tours.
If you happen to be led astray by a ghostly vision, you might stumble upon this cheerful yellow Victorian half a mile from downtown and right off the Intracoastal Waterway. The home was built in 1880 on a street that runs directly into the backside of Castillo de San Marcos. The lawn is riddled with palms that droop over a backyard patio and pool. Inside, bold wall colors and decorative moldings adorn each room, including four bedrooms and bathrooms.
We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the stainless appliances in the kitchen and floor-to-ceiling built-in entertainment center in the living room. Plus, the sheer amount of covered porch space is sure to brighten even a ghost's gloomy disposition. See for yourself in the pictures below!