Last fall, an iconic three-story Queen Anne Victorian home, best recognized as Buffalo Bill’s lair in “The Silence of the Lambs,” popped on the market just outside of Pittsburgh. It garnered a lot of curiosity and fanfare as it was featured on TMZ and was declared one of 2020’s best listings by Realtor.com.
Then, when this Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, property sold in late January for just under the $300,000 mark, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices team known as “The Sisters” — Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad — left movie fans with quite the cliffhanger.
“Stay Tuned Movie Fans… you are going to love what’s planned for the home!!” Allan teased on her Instagram feed @eileenallan_realtor.
We’ve got an answer now: The home made famous by “The Silence of the Lambs” is now a bed-and-breakfast. The grand opening coincides with the 30th anniversary of the psychological thriller that starred Jodie Foster.
While the B&B owners aren’t taking bookings just yet, they are holding a contest (entry details here) to become the first overnight guests of Buffalo Bill’s house.
The four-bedroom home is set on nearly 2 acres along the Youghiogheny River. Original hardwood floors, woodwork, pocket doors and fireplaces date back to 1910 when the home was built.
A listing photo of a parlor room showed “The Silence of the Lambs” on the television set and the realtors made a video that takes people on a 5-minute tour of the home. Check out the video below:
When Allan and Assad handled the sale of the Buffalo Bill house last year, their strategy was to embrace its ties to the movies. It worked: They received a half-dozen offers, many from out-of-state movie fans.
The buyer is Chris Rowan, who works in the film industry as an art director and props stylist and who works with the New York City Horror Film Festival.
“Walking into the basement was a real treat for a horror movie aficionado like myself,” Rowan wrote on the website for his new property.
As for the basement? Nope, there’s not actually a well (that creepy scene was filmed on a sound stage). But Rowan says he has plans to turn the property into a cinematic destination, with visions of creating the well and Buffalo Bill’s workshop as an on-site permanent set.