Like most New Yorkers I’m obsessed with real estate. It’s part of the DNA of this city. In Aspen they talk about ski reports. In L.A., it’s traffic and weather. In New York it’s real estate. We talk about the rulings on increases for rent-stabilized apartments. We drop into open houses in our co-op buildings “just to check out” our neighbor’s apartments. We pour over the articles that predict the rise, or fall, in apartment values they way suburbanites lust over yard and garden plans. And we follow the controversies surround gentrification of neighborhoods like reports from war fronts.
But we are but mere mortals. What if immortality were part of the math? What if real estate decision-making took account of extreme longevity? What if a 30-year mortgage were a fly spec in the overall scheme? Immortality puts another face on the real estate market.
A while back I wrote a vampire romance. I’m not sure if the book was any good, but the real estate choices were definitely top notch. The vampire at the center of the story lived in a renovated 19th century industrial loft building in Brooklyn. Each floor of the building was a distinct, purposeful and dimly lit vampire-centric environment.
Far into the story, the mortal lover discovers that the vampire is a famous and long dead composer. (I wont reveal his identity here, because I may rework that novel.) But right from the start, she’s impressed with his design choices in the renovations that transform what was once an industrial building into a magical kingdom, fit for supernatural creatures.
The spooky castles, lonely houses on the hill and desolate mansions on the moors that fill the landscape of paranormal and magical fiction, boil down to fabulous real estate choices.
What’s your favorite supernatural address? Is it Dracula’s castle? Griffin’s make shift boarding house laboratory in H.G. Wells’ ‘The Invisible Man’? What about Manderley in the truly inspiring mystery ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier? (One of my childhood favorites) Or is it the isolated country estate in ‘The Turn of the Screw’? There are so many wonderful, magical locations in paranormal and mystery literature. Share the one(s) that make you want to invest in real estate.