A True Haunted House, According To New York State Law

Maybe you believe in haunted houses and may you don’t. Come with me to 1 Laveta Place in Nyack, NY. State lawmakers wrote a law about it, The Haunted House Law, and the New York State Supreme Court upheld it!

People live there… but not for long. They move in and out of this one, and in and out of its neighbor across the street. Exploring 2 Laveta Place (my Instagram post below), I felt a presence. My dog Coco was clearly uncomfortable, too.

It’s important to keep in mind that not all spirits are there to hurt you.

Those fallen roses in the photo were there when we arrived.

My Paranormal Experiences

Some of us have more of a capacity than others to sense spirits. Silvano, the owner of a house I rented in New York City, didn’t believe me, until I was able to describe what I saw in pretty good detail, an older man with a german shepherd. Then he sat down quietly and told me that was his father and the dog he loved.

Silvano’s father liked me because I took such good care of the house.

When I visited 2 Laveta Place, the house had a for rent sign in front, so I walked up and knocked on the door. No one answered so I peaked through the window. It was completely empty. I took my photo on the porch and left.

Paranormal Experiences On These Properties

I couldn’t enter the property of the legally-haunted 1 Laveta Place, since it is owned and occupied. The current owner bought it in 2015 from singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson.

Ingrid Michealson bought this house in 2012. You’ve heard her songs, even if you don’t recognize her name.

Ingrid sold her house just three years later. She said it didn’t make sense to keep it since she was never there. I don’t blame her, having been there personally.

Ingrid said her schedule was keeping her busy between Brooklyn and Nashville, but that this was her favorite house ever. Who am I to doubt her reasons?

Aixa in front of the Queen Ann Victorian-style with a paranormal presence
In front of 1 Laveta Place, Nyack, NY

Would You Buy A House With Paranormal Activity?

Ingrid was unable to sell the house at her price of $2.1 million because everyone knows the house is haunted. And anyway, she legally had to disclose the fact to the buyers before going into contract. It’s New York State law! She eventually sold the house for $1.7 million.

2 Laveta Place is much more beautiful! There are steps that lead to a deck by the river. The owners spent two years before selling it for $1.46 million. The new owners lived there just 11 months and then put up a for rent sign. That was August 2018, the same month I came. As a possible new tenant, the ghostly spirits let me know there was paranormal activity.

Three price decreases and 7 months later, the owner finally found someone. That was just a few months ago, as of this writing. I’ll keep my eye on the Zillow listing to see how long these tenants last.

Queen Ann Victorian Architecture Has A Ghostly Feeling

The two houses are in the Queen Ann Victorian style, the style used in scary movies. However, you can find spirits anywhere. Silvano’s house was modern. I entered Edward Hopper’s The House By The Railroad, which also looks like it has a ghostly presence, but it doesn’t. If you haven’t read that post, it’s one of our most popular. I highly recommend it, and not just because I wrote it. It’s the house in the Instagram post just above.

Story Of The Ghostbuster Law, Written For 1 Laveta Place

In 1991, the Stambovsky’s, a young couple, went into contract to buy 1 Laveta Place. They met their soon-to-be neighbors and learned the house had ghosts. They decided they wanted their deposit back!

Too late, claimed Mrs. Ackley the seller. The Stambovsky’s took the case to the New York Appellate Court. 

Mrs. Ackley had made no secret about the paranormal activity at her home. She contacted Reader’s Digest, as well as a local newspaper, to the story.

The lawsuit begins:

Plaintiff, to his horror, discovered that the house he had recently contracted to purchase was widely reputed to be  possessed by poltergeists, reportedly seen by defendant seller and members of her family on numerous occasions over the last nine years. 

The New York Appellate Court ruled in favor of they buyer. Because of the decision in Stambovsky v. Ackley, New York State laws now says that an owner has to disclose if a house is haunted.

Paranormal Activity At The Bottom Of Laveta Place

Maybe you don’t believe in any of this. It looks like the buyers didn’t, either, but they didn’t stay long. I was there a very short time and I felt a presence. For most people to believe, they need to live the experience.

Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Remember to read about my visit to Edward Hopper’s famous House By The Railroad!


Sightseeing should be more than learning dates and architectural styles. Look a little deeper and you find the stories behind the places.


  • It’s true Aixa, not all spirits are out to harm you. Though I have never seen, I have sensed and smelt spirits of loved ones in the past. It’s actually comforting to know they are still around me. 🙂

    • If there’s paranormal activity and you never tell anyone, then you can sell your house without the disclosure. But once you start telling other people, it’s like a confession that you knew about it but never disclosed it. You’re better off, legally, disclosing it.

    • OMG I’ve learned that it’s better to keep your mouth shut than to warn people about things that could happen. Even if your warning just came from common sense, you get blamed.

  • Oooo I love stuff like this! It’s interesting about the difference between states & countries over what you have to disclose when selling a house. I never thought of haunted-house-disclosure before. I think it could go either way with selling – you may get someone who finds these things fascinating and will pay top dollar, probably so they can make a bit of an attraction out of it, or everyone’s too put off by the concept and it goes far under market value. I’ve never had any paranormal experiences, and while I don’t particularly believe in any of it, I’ve always been interested to read stories about haunted houses and things other people have seen and heard! xx
    (PS. hope you don’t mind me point it out, just thought you might want to know I think you duplicated the top paragraph by mistake)

    • Thank you so much, Caz, for pointing that out.

      This stuff is very interesting, even if you don’t believe in it, because so many people do believe. And as for disclosure, I like consumer protection.

      Thank you for visiting, Caz!

  • Such interesting history of this house, and so real that laws must be made to accommodate the unseen world. I figured you were a sensitive soul, Aixa, that you could feel a presence. I am too and not sure if I could live there. I really like that first photo of you and your dog. Nice article!

    • I would not live there, not knowing what type of spirits lived there. Many are okay, but some are not.

      Thank you for reading, Terri!

  • I feel that my house has spirits but perhaps to harm since we’ve had so much negative stuff going since we moved here.

    • It’s possible. If you really believe it, try taking some steps to get rid of the bad energy. You can start with Palo Santo. It’s a scented wood you can burn in your house.

      • Where do I buy this? I have everything done already. Blessed it, crucifix everywhere, and also a hand of Fatima I bought in Morocco (to ward off evil). But I haven’t burned scented woods yet

      • You can look for palo santo sticks on Amazon. I’ve bought them at TJ Maxx but they never have the same thing twice or in a different location.

  • What an intriguing post Aixa and amazing timing. I was only talking to my husband and son tonight over dinner about ghosts and spirits. It’ll be interesting to see how long the current tenants last. Fascinating subject. I’ll come back to read your other linked posts too.

    • It’s funny how these things coincide. Another Insta-friend and I had a short conversation about this yesterday over her photo. Thank you for coming and reading, Miriam. I think you will really like the other post, too.

      • I’ve just read your other post about Edward Hopper and his house. Fascinating Aixa. I love the mood and mystery that you create with the research in your posts. Your blog name really is apt. Well done!

      • Thank you so much for that, Miriam! Once I figured out the theme, my website and my Instagram improved a lot.

    • I lived in a house with a spirit. Of course, it depends on the type of spirit it is, but my experience wasn’t bad. Thank you for reading, Richa!

      • Oh wow Aixa! You seem like the “sensitive ones” who can feel the unknown! I would love to read about your encounters!

      • I’ll probably write about new ones I have in the future. It’s an interesting subject. More people believe in it than I imagined.

  • Spirits of course need not be evil ~ but I can certainly understand the reluctance to purchase a house upon hearing that a house has “ghosts”. And then again, some might be attracted to the house, for that very reason.


    • It was an interesting visit. My dog was clearly uncomfortable. Thank you for reading, Peta & Ben!

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