Two inconspicuous cabins in a popular vacation destination reveal a series of surprises behind their front doors.
“My husband and I are huge horror fans, and we own a couple of other businesses that are themed. So we bought this duplex to theme out for guests to stay in,” says Jade Valore, who bought the property about a year ago.
Located in Big Bear Lake, CA, the property consists of two unattached one-bedroom, one-bathroom units. Both were built in 1941, and each measures about 424 square feet. The list price for the pair is $450,000.
The subdued gray exteriors appear relatively normal. But upon entry, the chills and thrills truly begin.
“It’s really designed for horror movie fans. It’s like you’re walking into a movie set,” Valore says. “People that are staying here know where they’re staying, and they like it.”
Both residences are totally themed down to the smallest detail.
“The light switches in the horror cabin are coffins. We literally got coffin light switches made. It was very thought-out on our end to make it special,” Valore says.
Fans of “Stranger Things” will appreciate the distinctive alphabet wallpaper and the yellow wall phone in one of the living rooms. Frozen waffles are offered with every rental.
“You walk in there and if you’re a fan of that show and you’ve even just seen one season, you will literally feel like you are in the TV show,” Valore explains. “My husband and I like to give people what they want, and that’s what we did with these.”
The other unit is the ’80s horror cabin with its black and white floors, a VHS vault, and a “Creature From the Black Lagoon” mural in the bedroom, according to Valore.
The sale price does not include the memorabilia in the units.
“The memorabilia was handpicked and is very special to me,” Valore says of her decision to exclude these from the sale.
The wild interiors don’t match the subdued gray exteriors of the two cabins.
“We didn’t want to be an eyesore on the street or make people wonder,” Valore explains. “We had ideas to make them look really crazy, but [decided to] keep it simple on the outside—and then you walk in and it’s like a time warp.”
The owners bought the units as a vacation rental business with each unit renting for about $300 a night. But a problem with the city forced a change of plans.
“Unfortunately, the city of Big Bear Lake has told us that we cannot rent both of them out,” Valore explains. “We decided we would just rather sell them and continue on another project.”
Potential buyers might face the same issue, says listing agent Scott Winetsky, with Re/Max Champions.
The property has seen a lot of interest, he adds. “People either love it or it’s not for them, but the eventual buyer is going to be somebody that loves it. While it may be a smaller audience, I think there is an audience clamoring for this place.”
If Valore’s name sounds familiar, it might be because she is very active on social media and was one of Forbes 30 Under 30 last year. In 2015, she and her husband started Rad Coffee Company, a punk-themed coffee shop known for colorful drinks and a huge following on Instagram.