"It’s basically my twisted imagination coming to life," Billy Nicholson, the owner of the house said.
There isn't a better way for fans of the macabre to pay homage to their favorite art form than live in a truly horror-inspired home. So, if one's looking to own precious real estate that comes with a coffin in the living room, mirrors and black gothic crosses around the bed, and a backyard bar made with real cemetery gates and headstones, there isn't a better opportunity than this. Listed online for $225,000, this one-bedroom and one-bathroom house on Townsend Avenue, Brooklyn Park is owned by Billy Nicholson.
The house resembled a gingerbread when Nicholson's mother left it for him in 2014, but as the 54-year-old took liberties of his own, this humble abode of spooks was born. "It’s basically my twisted imagination coming to life,” the basement waterproof business told the Baltimore Sun in a phone interview on Monday. The project began first with the backyard bar. Nicholson had grand plans and wanted the final plan to rest on a theme but he seemed to be out of ideas. That's when something caught his eye, and the wheels in his brain started churning. "I was working in Virginia one day, and I seen the cemetery gates leaning up against the barn of an old mom-and-pop shop," he shared.
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"And that’s more or less what gave me the idea. Let’s do cemetery gates." He headed to a cemetery and bought a set of headstones. Then, he hired a local mason to install the 14-foot stone wet bar with granite pillars and a 6-foot fire pit. Next, he hired Brian Propst, an artist from Glen Burnie, to paint a cemetery mural on the side of a long carriage, and he turned it into a shed. He then named it: "CRYPT". After seeing his imagination finally take shape, Nicholson is incredibly proud, and he's sure people are going to impressed. "Whoever walks around the backyard, when they see the garage, they’re going to be blown away," he said. To keep up with the theme, he even parked a 1972 hearse in the shed, which may be up for sale too.
"...if someone who wants the house wants the hearse, they can have it", he says. Now onto the main attraction, the house itself - it is made of gray formstone and has a black roof and accents which hint at horror. Spread across a 1,540-square-foot, the interiors are filled with sports knick-knacks of the team Nicholson has supported. A huge Las Vegas Raiders fans, he has a habit of traveling to one game a year and even has framed jerseys of some top players like Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, Jim Otto, and Tim Brown all arranged in the shape of a cross on the kitchen wall near a display containing eight signed Raiders helmets.
The living room of the house, like most of his house, has black carpeting and black furniture. There is a coffin by the stairs while the room is accessorized with pictures of an old hearse, a scene from The Ring, a 3D art of a ghost reaching out from a wall, and pictures of the guillotine. There's also a coffin-shaped clock that sits aside a large, flat-screen TV. In the single bedroom upstairs, there a black church pew, a black chandelier, black spiderweb railings, and black carpeting. The room is surrounded by a bed and is black, including the bedding. There were over 20 life-size ormanents in the house from movies like The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and others which he had to remove. "The real estate agent thought it would be best to remove all that," he said. "They’re actually in my fiancee’s garage.” Currently, Nicholson has put the house up on sale as he prefers to move to Frederick, to his fiancee's home which has more space. He adds that his mom would have loved what he's done to the place, after all, he said, it was her who introduced and fueled his love for horror movies since he was a child.