Photos: Buffalo Bill’s ‘Silence of the Lambs’ house of horrors hits the market again

By Lindsay Blake | Variety

They say timing is everything. Real estate agents Eileen Allan
and Shannon Assad of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices certainly
recognize that fact as they listed the home that portrayed the
residence of skin-wearing serial killer Buffalo Bill, aka Jame Gumb
(Ted Levine), in “The Silence of the Lambs” at the start of the
Halloween season! Depicted as being located in Belvedere, Ohio, in
the 1991 psychological horror film (now streaming on Netflix), the
Queen Anne Victorian can actually be found in Perryopolis,
Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh.

This is not the first time the pad has hit the market in recent
years. Previous owners Scott and Barbara Lloyd, who called the
place home for four decades, listed it in August 2015 and,
according to the Daily News, had a heck of a time finding a
buyer.

Though it was the second most-clicked home on Realtor.com that
year, apparently the vast majority of online visitors were
cinephilic lookie-loos hoping to catch a glimpse of Buffalo
Bill’s pad, or more specifically, his basement. The Daily News
surmised that the property’s remote location deterred buyers –
as well as the fact that there is only one bathroom on the premises
(now that’s downright scary!). I’m sure the connection to one
of filmdom’s most disturbing killers didn’t help matters.

At one point PETA expressed interest in purchasing the dwelling
and, per a letter Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman wrote to
agent Dianne Wilk, turning it into “an empathy museum for animals
abused and killed so that others may wear their skins.” (The
verbiage almost makes Buffalo Bill’s predilections seem tame by
contrast!) The idea never came to pass, though.

Originally listed for $300,000, the Lloyds dropped the price
four times before the home finally sold the following July at a
much-reduced $195,000. Wilk claims the property’s notoriety
definitely had a hand in the eventual sale, saying of the buyer,
“The fact that [the house] was in the movie is probably what
caught his eye. He was not looking in the area at all,” but he
“just fell in love with it.” That love was somewhat short-lived
apparently because the place is on the market again, this time for
$298,000.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Photos: Buffalo Bill’s ‘Silence of the Lambs’ house of
horrors hits the market again