Perusing the Zillow listings for places far away from you that you can’t afford is a time-honored tradition belonging to anyone who spends a lot of time in front of the computer who longs to get away.
Right now, that’s most people what with the pandemic and everything. You can’t really jump on a plane for a vacation, unless you’re Ted Cruz.
LA-based TV writer Amanda Deibert was looking through home listings on Facebook, according to Bored Panda, though she apparently belongs to groups there that specialize in strange listings.
This one is for a duplex in South Lake Tahoe in California, and Deibert says she starting clicking through the pictures not sure what to expect. When she realized what was “weird” about it, she posted the listing on Twitter where it went viral.
“I knew something was up,” she told BP, “but much like the reactions of most people in my Twitter thread, I was just sort of like, ‘Okay, the place is a bit messy. That isn’t a big deal— Oh MY CREEPY WEIRDNESS.’ It really takes a sharp turn from messy to immaculate and deeply unsettling.”
The 2,116-square-foot property is on sale for $650,000, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a garage. But that’s not all it’s got.
It looks normal enough on the outside:
Inside, it’s a bit messy considering they’re trying to sell it, like put away the laundry:
But there’s potential!
Look at the light in this bedroom, for instance:
And then in the living roo—
Okay… WTF is happening here…
Yes, the house does appear to be filled with formally dressed mannequins. Interesting.
They’re even at the kitchen bar.
They look a little bored with the whole thing?
But they’re definitely dressed to impress:
This might be too much, but there’s also some kind of side theme of angel statuary:
Or maybe they’re Venuses?
But don’t worry, the mannequins are also in the bedroom. Watching you sleep.
Deibert’s thread is mostly people discovering this frightening progression for themselves:
It doesn’t seem like the mannequins were staged just for the shoot, even if they are attracting a lot of potential buyers.
“The only reason I am skeptical of this as a planned situation is that if an agent was going to go through all the work of finding every formalwear mannequin circa 1985, they’d probably also have cleaned up the weird mess in the first section of the duplex,” Deibert said. “There was possibly unwrapped bacon by the sofa?”
Somewhat compassionately, Deibert attributed the mannequin set up to pandemic madness of some kind, but I kind of get the vibe they’ve been there longer than a year. And even she met her breaking point.
“The mannequins are disturbing enough, but the tableaux (especially in the bedroom) take it to the next level of WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE AND IS EVERYONE OKAY?” she said.
I’m gonna guess…no.