One, Two, Freddy’s coming for you…

by Emily Mack

In “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Freddy Krueger terrorizes the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio, creeping into the dreams of sleepy teens — and slashing them with his sinister claw. Somewhat based on the childhood of filmmaker Wes Craven, “A Nightmare on Elm Street“ was set in a quiet, Midwestern suburb. But in real life, there is no Springwood. In fact, the horror classic was filmed entirely in sunny California. And that quaint house at 1428 Elm St.? It’s actually located at 1428 N. Genesee Ave. in Los Angeles’ Spaulding Square neighborhood. And it’s for sale.

The Elm Street house, it turns out, is prime Hollywood real estate. Currently listed for $3.25 million, the two-story, 2,700-square-foot home boasts three bedrooms, walnut floors, a guest house, a pool and citrus trees. Check out the Zillow listing for 1428 N Genesee Ave. and you’ll instantly recognize the residential façade where final girl Nancy Thompson encounters the murderous dream demon. Part of what made the horror movie so scary was the crisp charm of this perfect Dutch Colonial: an invitation to wonder what nightmares lurk beyond the red front door, beneath the bright green roof. (Freddy’s famous sweater mimics those colors, quite directly, although the door has since been painted black.) It’s what makes 1428 N Genesee Ave. one of the most iconic movie houses of all time.

Previously, the home was owned by the director and screenwriter Lorene Scafaria. She purchased it in 2013 for $2.1 million. And fun fact: her partner Bo Burnham’s popular Netflix special “Inside” was recently filmed there, inside.

And there’s one more cinematic twist! Bidding for the “Nightmare on Elm Street” house ends at midnight on Halloween. Listing agents Heather T. Roy and Learka Bosnak of Douglas Elliman are overseeing the sale, which has naturally been trending in time for the spooky holiday. However, Roy downplayed the horror factor when speaking to The Los Angeles Times. “The ties to the movie stop as soon as you walk through the front door,” she said. “It’s a beautiful traditional-style space with a modern twist.”

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