Timing, they say, is everything. Heather T. Roy and Learka Bosnak, the Douglas Elliman agents representing the house where tormented teen Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) lived in the 1984 horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” certainly subscribe to that principle! As the marketing materials for the newly-listed property note, interested parties have until midnight on Halloween to present offers! Even the MLS imagery embraces the home’s spooky cinematic history, with knife-fingered villain Freddy Krueger (played by Robert Englund in the film) pictured cheekily hanging out in various rooms throughout the property.
Located at 1428 N. Genesee Ave. in Hollywood’s historic Spaulding Square neighborhood, the residence is perhaps one of the best-known horror movie locations of all time. And while you really can’t put a price tag on such a distinction, the current owners are offering the place at $3.25 million. That’s a spine-tingling $1,092 per square foot! Bonus – the pad Glen Lantz (Johnny Depp) called home in the flick can be found right across the street at 1419 N. Genesee. (Please remember these are private houses. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the properties in any way.)
Horror icon Wes Craven, who wrote and directed the film, has a penchant for setting macabre tales against idyllic suburban backdrops. Of choosing to shoot “Nightmare” in picturesque Spaulding Square, he told the documentarians behind “Never Sleep Again: The Making of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,'” “There’s a wonderful little street called Genesee that when you pull onto it, it’s like you’re in the midwest. It just has beautiful overarching trees.” Hoping to evoke a feeling of “pure Americana,” Craven dubbed his fictional landscape “Elm Street,” a nod to both the main thoroughfare in Potsdam, New York where he taught before becoming a Hollywood mogul, as well as the Dallas, Texas road where President Kennedy was shot in 1963. Americana meets nightmares, indeed!