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5 houses for sale in Salem, MA—where witches were persecuted and Halloween is a very big deal

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
October 29, 2021 - 9:30AM

This three-bedroom, two-bath house at 4 Witchcraft Rd. is listed for $679,900.

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Halloween weekend is upon us, which calls for a look at Salem, Massachusetts. The New England town is infamous for the 1692 Salem witch trials, when hundreds were accused of practicing witchcraft and 19 were eventually hanged. 

There are lots of events and festivals this weekend for Halloween, plus many historical sites and museums where you can learn about the town’s dark past. You can visit the Salem Witch Museum; the site of the Salem witch trial hangings, which received a memorial in 2017; and the Witch Dungeon Museum. The Peabody Essex Museum's exhibit on reclaiming the Salem witch trials is on display through March.

If witches are not your thing, there’s The House of the Seven Gables (the setting of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel), and New England Pirate Museum. For a bite (or drink), you can head to popular local restaurants like Mercy Tavern, Flying Saucer Pizza, and Ledger.

If you want to buy a house here, the current median sales price is $512,500, according to Right now there aren’t many houses on the market but you do have some options, including Capes and Colonials. 

Check out these five houses for sale in the area, including a Colonial with an above-ground pool and fire pit.

10 Elm Ave.

This four bedroom, two bath is listed for $539,000. The Cape features hardwood and tile floors, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, moldings, high ceilings, a deck, new roof and siding, and a large backyard. 

23 Horton St.

This four bedroom, one and a half bath is listed for $589,900. The Colonial has hardwood floors, built-ins, arched doorways, a fireplace, exposed brick, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, a deck, above-ground pool, fire pit, and a finished basement. 

136 Ocean Ave. West

This five bedroom, three bath is listed for $599,900 after a $20,000 cut. The house has a fireplace, built-ins, hardwood floors, ceiling fans, stainless steel appliances, a sunroom, finished basement, deck, and above-ground pool. 

4 Witchcraft Rd.

This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $679,900. It has hardwood floors, ceiling fans, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, an attached one-car garage, a finished basement with a second kitchen, an inground pool, patio, and irrigation system. 

48 Memorial Dr.

This three bedroom, two bath is listed for $725,000. The house has hardwood floors, recessed lighting, beamed ceilings, stainless steel appliances, moldings, ceiling fans, a wraparound deck, above-ground pool, attached one-car garage, and a balcony. 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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