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Nightmare on Elm Street: The family home where residents feared to sleep

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It was the home in an idyllic neighborhood where residents where terrified to fall asleep and dream.

For almost four decades the property at 1428 N Genesee Avenue in Spaulding Square, Los Angeles, California, has been linked to the cult film, A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The facade of the two-storey home was featured in the 1984 horror film written and directed by the late master of gore, Wes Craven.

A Nightmare on Elm Street centers on the character Fred “Freddy” Kruger, the spirit of a former child-killer who attacks his victims in their dreams, causing them to die in real life. He was known for his claw-gloved hand and disfigured face.

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Johnny Depp and Heather Langenkamp played the main characters Nancy and Glen in the 1984 film.
Johnny Depp and Heather Langenkamp played the main characters Nancy and Glen in the 1984 film. (New Line Cinema)

It was the first of nine films in the horror-film franchise, and starred Heather Langenkamp and Jonny Depp. It was Depp’s debut feature film.

On film, the home was at 1428 Elm Street in the fictional town of Springwood, Ohio.

The Dutch Colonial-style home was built in 1919. It was reportedly considered a natural choice for its non-classical California landscape. However, there are a lack of palm trees.

In the years since filming, the property has undergone a series of significant renovations though the majority of the facade remains, as it appeared in the film.

“The whole neighborhood gets the tour bus treatment. People always get tickled when they see it,” listing agent Heather T Roy of Douglas Elliman told the LA Times.

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The property was listed for sale in late 2021 for US$3.3 million.  It sold in early 2022 for $2.8 million.
The property was listed for sale in late 2021 for US$3.3 million. It sold in early 2022 for $2.8 million. (MLS)

“The facade is iconic, but the ties to the movie stop as soon as you walk through the front door. Inside, it’s a beautiful traditional-style space with a modern twist.”

The three-bedroom, three and a half bathroom property hit the market in October last year, the first time in nine years.

The listing describes the interior of the home as having “stunning walnut floors weaving through archways and past bright windows”.

The home has an open, retro-modern kitchen with a “grand” primary suite. All three bedrooms have en-suites.

French doors open out into the property’s grounds and blue pool.

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Robert Englund as Fred Krueger.
Robert Englund as Fred Krueger. (New Line Cinema)

The property also has a detached guest house with its own pergola covered patio, kitchen and an additional designer-done bathroom.

US director and writer Lorene Scafaria bought the home in 2013 for $US2.1 million ($2.8 million).

Scafaria is best known for the 2019 film Hustlers and the 2012 film Seeking a Friend of the End of the World.

The property was listed for US$3.3 million ($4.4 million) and was sold in January 2022 for a cut under the asking price at US$2.98 million ($3.9 million).

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