The house where Charles Manson’s followers brutally murdered a grocery store owner and his wife in 1969 has sold for $1.8 million.
An anonymous buyer closed on the Los Angeles property on Tuesday, TMZ first reported, at a discounted price of $1.87 million from paranormal investigator Zak Bagans, host of the show ‘Ghost Adventures.’
Bagans had bought the modest 1,655-square-foot home in 2019 in hopes of filming a project at the Los Feliz property, according to TMZ, but soon abandoned the idea out of respect to the LaBianca family.
He first tried to sell it one year later for $2.2 million, and it was on the market for eight months before the anonymous buyer closed on the deal.
The house where Charles Manson’s followers brutally stabbed a middle-class couple in 1969 has sold for $1.8 million
The Mediterranean-style Los Angeles house sits on a 0.71-acre lot, and features a fountain in the backyard
The Los Feliz home features a covered patio that overlooks a large in-ground pool, perfect for the hot summer months
A patio set outside the home lets residents enjoy the views of the surrounding Los Angeles neighborhood
The patio also features a screen that can be pulled down for extra privacy or to keep free of insects
The property overlooks the San Gabriel Mountains, and is surrounded by lush greenery, offering a serene view
A terrace outside one of the bedrooms offers couples a romantic place to watch the sunset over the mountains each night
The gated single-story home sits on a 0.71 acre lot and offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to Realtor.com.
It was first built in the 1920s, when Los Angeles real estate was booming with would-be stars trying to move into the city, and was last renovated in March 2019, before Bagans moved in, according to the New York Post.
It features an expansive living room with a gas fireplace and Italian tile floors, which then opens up into a formal dining room, and a covered patio that overlooks an in-ground pool, which is surrounded by greenery, including some fruit trees.
A terrace outside one of the bedrooms also offers couples a romantic place to watch the sunset each night.
The front of the property offers views of the Silver Lake hills and downtown Los Angeles, and the backyard overlooks Griffith Park, Glendale and the San Gabriel Mountains.
An extravagant living room opens up to a formal dining room inside the 1,655-square-foot home
There are chandeliers and extravagant rugs throughout the home, making it look very elegant
The home also offers a comfortable space to do work or read a book
One of the house’s two bathrooms maintains the 1920s look, with pink-tiled walls
The Realtor.com listing said it has ‘tremendous upside potential as the lot size is truly rare for the pristine location,’ and said it is ‘truly, one of a kind.’
The listing does not mention, however, that on August 10, 1969, followers of cult leader Charles Manson brutally stabbed Leno and Rosemary LaBianca more than 50 times.
The group had murdered starlet Sharon Tate, who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time, just the night before, stabbing her more than 16 times, after cutting her electricity and backing their cars into the driveway so she could not escape.
They then wrote ‘pig’ in her blood.
Her friends, Jay Sebring, Wojciech Frykowski and Abigail Folger were also murdered at the home of Tate rented with and her husband, who rented it from director Roman Polanski.
Manson was reportedly desperate to make those deaths look like part of a race war, and ordered his followers to kill the LaBiancas the next night.
The LaBiancas were stabbed more than 50 times the night of August 10, 1969, one day after the murder of starlet Sharon Tate
Manson was arrested in 1969 and was sentenced to death, which ultimately turned into life in prison
He had formed a cult in 1967, after being discharged from prison on prostitution charges, comprising mainly young women from California. Together they became known as the ‘Manson Family.’
They did drugs, such as LSD and magic mushrooms, and eventually many of the young girls began to believe Manson’s claims that he was Jesus and his prophecies of a race war.
Manson was influenced not only by the drugs, though, but also by works of art and music from the time, most notably The Beatles song ‘Helter Skelter’ from the 1968 White Album.
Paul McCartney has said that the playground slide in the song was a metaphor for the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Manson, however, interpreted the lyrics as incitation to begin a race war. He turned to the album and lyrics to justify his scheme and guide his followers to murder.
By 1971, he was convicted of first-degree murder for directing the Tate and the LaBiancas murders, and was sentenced to death, which was automatically commuted to life in prison after California’s Supreme Court invalidated all death sentences prior to 1972.
He died of natural causes in 2017.