It’s a long way from the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, but the real-life Pennsylvania house belonging to the fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill from the classic 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs is officially on the market for the low, low price of $300,000. (Little white dogs and lotion baskets sold separately.)
That’s right — the lambs have officially stopped screaming.
The four-bed, one-bathroom home had a central role in the film, in which Jodie Foster plays FBI rookie Clarice Starling on a mission to capture Buffalo Bill with the help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a deranged psychiatrist-turned-serial-killer. And while your movie memories of the home may be a little more creepy than comfortable, know that the real interior of the home is quite a departure from Buffalo Bill’s “woman suit” torture chamber.
Located in the quaint village of Perryopolis, PA, the house is a 2,334-square-foot beauty. In addition to the two main floors, the house comes with a spacious oak-floored attic and a basement, which you were probably already aware of if you’ve ever seen Clarice go full-on FBI Queen in the film’s finale. (It’s important to note, however, the home does NOT have a dungeon-esque dry well in the basement, according to an interview with the homeowners in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.)
Built in 1910, the Princess Anne–style home has plenty of historic charm, including dual pocket doors in the living room, a dining room with a built-in china cabinet, and a working gas fireplace in the “winter parlor.” The spacious master bedroom has a fireplace of its own as well as a walk-in closet. One of the additional three bedrooms offers a rear staircase for extra mobility (or an escape route for Bill’s victims), while the kitchen, which features the original wood flooring, even has a butler’s pantry.
A gazebo offers the perfect spot to dine outdoors in the summertime (with an old friend, some fava beans, and a nice chianti, maybe?), while a wraparound veranda offers a spot to enjoy one’s coffee in the morning. The grand staircase, framed by paneled oak walls, is perfect for making an entrance. In the lush yard, an in-ground pool is a great spot for a quick dip, while extensive fishing, hiking, and boating are just a few minutes away on the banks of the Youghiogeny River. Also, you may notice the train caboose pool house in the backyard, just another example of this property’s unique qualities.
The longtime homeowners say they can imagine a superfan buying the Silence of the Lambs house and turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. Any takers?
Images courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The listing agent is Dianne Wilk.