The money quote from ROLLING STONE:
The Waverly Drive house’s past wasn’t news to Giambalvo, who has known the owners since they purchased it in the late 1990s. And the fact that the house is for sale a few weeks before the 50th anniversary of the murders is simply a coincidence, he says — the owners have been talking about listing the house for about a year, as they’re getting ready to retire, and it took some time to get the house ready to show. “They’ve lived there for 20 years, they’ve never rented it out ,and they’ve just enjoyed it,” he says, adding that “there have been no [Manson-] related issues whatsoever.”
But you can’t just schedule a tour of the home with a few clicks on a website. In order to view it, a potential buyer needs to send Giambalvo their pre-approval paperwork and proof of funds. Since hitting the market about a week ago, he says there have been just under 20 showings and he’s rejected nearly 50 other people who have gotten asked to see the house.
Houses and true crime scenes like this are often macabre sites for potential buyers–this one is a true horror though that just feels icky.. No matter how long since the events took place..
There is something morbidly strange about the fascination with purchasing places like this.. or living in them.. Or just being in them. If you buy such locations for the idea that you can move on and start a new beautiful life, that is one thing.. but to buy places of this nature as an homage to complete human desolation just seems not so great.