While The Conjuring certainly takes certain creative liberties, the basis of the film is a true story. There was a Perron family (played in the movie by Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor, Joey King, Mackenzie Foy, Shanley Casley, Hayley McFarland, and Kyla Deaver) who moved to a Rhode Island farmhouse in the early 1970s and started experiencing terrifying events. And now, the real-life home has sold for 27% above the sellers’ asking price.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Cory and Jenn Heinzen, who bought the house back in 2019, have sold the property for $1.525 million. Much like Ed and Lorraine Warren (played in the films by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), the Heinzens are paranormal investigators themselves and have been running their business out of the home for the past few years.
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Per The Conjuring website and Insider, the Heinzens would allow visitors to conduct an overnight paranormal investigation for $125 per person. It would start at 6 p.m. and last until 8 a.m. the following day. The reason why they decided to let go of the property was a combination of managing the business and Cory’s health problems. While the couple reportedly got several high-end bids after listing the home for $1.2 million, many potential buyers refused to be interviewed before the purchase.
The New Buyer
The person who bought the house was Jacqueline Nuñez, a real-estate developer from Boston. When speaking to the Journal, Nuñez stated that she wasn’t afraid of the house before adding that they should ask her again in a year. So did she buy the house because she was a huge fan of the movie? No. Was it to create new development, given her job as a real estate agent. Wrong again. It was for entirely different reasons.
“This is a very personal purchase for me,” said Nuñez, who is represented by Ricardo Rodriguez and Bethany Eddy of Coldwell Banker Realty in Providence, “When it hit the market, I thought, ‘This is a property that enables people to speak to the dead.’”
One of the Heinzens’ requirements for the purchase was that Nuñez couldn’t be allowed to live there full time. The reason for that was reportedly the energy there is so strong that it can begin to affect people inside for an extended period. So, in addition to continuing her real estate business, Nuñez is also teaming up with Christine Perron, the daughter who was played by King in the film, to allow people to visit the house and potentially connect with a spirit.
“It’s time to make the farmhouse a place of love,” said Perron.
Those interested in the paranormal or maybe just fans of The Conjuring will be able to continue to live in this house. Of course, it probably goes without saying that visitors should look out for Bathsheba Sherman (played in the film by Joseph Bishara, who also composed the score), who, according to legend, sacrificed her child to Satan and cursed anyone who dared live on her land.