$300K will buy 'Silence of the Lambs' lair where Buffalo Bill groomed his victims

$300K will buy 'Silence of the Lambs' lair where Buffalo Bill groomed his victims
·Homes Editor


We don't know if we'd want this listing agent's job.

Fictional serial killer Buffalo Bill's house from the Oscar-winning movie "The Silence of the Lambs" is for sale.

Dianne Wilk of the Preferred Realty, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, doesn't necessarily see it as a tough sell. She told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that she could envision, say, a horror-themed B&B. "People love to be scared."

And her clients are certainly having fun with the listing, conducting interviews with local media, print and television.

The three-story Victorian is near Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, part of the Pittsburgh metro area. It has four bedrooms and one bath in 2,334 square feet — but sorry, no pit in the basement for storing your live victims before you kill and skin them. That was filmed on a soundstage, homeowner Scott Lloyd told the Tribune-Review. The Lloyds are asking $300,000 for the home.

It was 1989 when a location scout knocked at the Lloyds' door. “They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” Scott's wife, Barbara, told the newspaper. “They wanted it to look like a spiderweb, with Buffalo Bill drawing Jodie Foster into the foyer, into the kitchen, then into the basement.”

She gave Pittsburgh's Action News 4 team a little tour of the climactic scene, shown in one of the videos below; the other video is a clip of the scene. Scott Lloyd told the TV station that the filmmakers had "sent a bunch of people out into every steep valley in western Pennsylvania looking for older houses, and just happened to find ours." His wife added: "They were like people getting out of a clown car. There must have been 40 people in these three vans, swarming all over the house, checking it out and looking it over."

The moviemakers weren't the first to see potential in that picturesque foyer: The Lloyds were actually married there in 1977, a couple of months after buying the house, according to the Tribune-Review.

The listing touts the home as a "near perfect expression of comfort" with a wraparound veranda, an in-ground pool and a big garage/workshop. It's a Princess Anne style (a more modest version of a Queen Anne) built in 1910, "nestled in a quaint village" near fishing, boating and hiking areas.

The couple raised their son there, but now they're downsizing to a home they're building nearby.

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