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The Winchester Mystery House


In preparation for Halloween, I paid a visit to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. They were decorated for Halloween but all year round the house has a spooky feel with doors to nowhere, Flights of stairs that do multiple switchbacks between flights and rooms that are closed off from the rest of the house.  It has been reported that you can smell food cooking when the kitchen has not been used for years and ghostly apparitions of a gardener who died years ago have been seen walking the basement.

Heiress of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, Sara Lockwood Pardee Winchester began construction on this Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion located at 525 South Winchester Blvd in San Jose in 1886. The renovation would continue for 36 years and become known for its architectural wonders and paranormal activity. In 1923, mansion tours became available drawing in upwards of 12 million guests and has since inspired books and films including the 2018 film Winchester and the 2002 Stephen King television mini-series Rose Red.

For more information, please visit https://winchestermysteryhouse.com/

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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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