The Colorado home where 6-year-old, JonBenét Ramsey, was found murdered in 1996 returned on the market in March for nearly $7 million.
But finding a buyer for the spacious 7,200-square-foot home — despite its many attributes — can be quite challenging given its ties to one of the most well-known unsolved crime mysteries of recent years.
The former Ramsey family home, where the body of 6-year-old pageant queen JonBenét Ramsey was found in the basements back in 1996, was first listed for sale in 2008, then 2009, and again in 2011 with an asking price of $2.3 million, but failed to attract a buyer.
Three years later, in early 2014, the home ended up on the market again with a revised price of $1.95 million, but no deal materialized. According to NBC News, if a sale does go through, this will be the third time the murder house has changed hands since the Ramseys purchased it in 1991.
The 1920s Tudor estate has been heavily updated, in an attempt to shed its dark past
The impressive Boulder estate was built in 1927 and has 5 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, and 3 half bathrooms spread across its generous 7,500 square feet of living space.
The modernized 1920s Tudor estate sits on a quarter-acre lot and has a game room, wet bar, wine cellar, and an expansive brick patio in addition to a luxurious gourmet kitchen and a separate catering kitchen.
The building also features a top-floor penthouse with two full bathrooms and a two-car attached garage. Inside, sun-dappled pictures reveal eight bathrooms and a carpeted stairway leading upstairs from the kitchen.
As the interest in the case grew, the house’s address was changed in 2001, and large trees and fencing were added to deter onlookers.
The tragic history of JonBenét Ramsey
The murder of JonBenét has remained one of the biggest unsolved crime mysteries in the history of the US, and the family is still seeking closure.
The young beauty pageant queen was reported missing by her mother Patsy Ramsey, a former Miss West Virginia herself, after she came across a ransom note in the early morning of Dec. 26, 1996. The ransom note demanded $118,000 in payment.
However, later that day, when her father, John Ramsey searched the house for the second time, he sadly found her lifeless body in the basement of the family house.
The body of 6-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was discovered in the rarely used room, with a broken skull and a garrote tied around her neck. An autopsy was conducted, and the 6-year-old beauty queen’s death was traced back to being beaten and strangled. As devastating as this was for the family, it got worse as they soon became the main suspects in the crime.
JonBenet Ramsey: The unsolved murder that haunts America https://t.co/4ReDbCr6nZ— KatWhitman (@Mile_by_Mile) April 30, 2023
As reported by NBC News, authorities investigated John, Patsy, and the little girl’s brother Burke Ramsey as primary suspects in the crime over the years. Patsy Ramsey died a few years later in 2006 after battling ovarian cancer.
In 2008, DNA evidence suggested that the suspect was not one of the family members and they were all exonerated by the authorities. Her father expressed hope that the murder would be solved after new DNA tests cleared the family in 2008.
The case surfaced again in November 2022, when the Boulder Police Department announced that they were partnering with the Colorado Cold Case Review Team to finally solve the murder.
This isn’t the first time the JonBenét Ramsey house is up for sale
The Ramsey’s purchased the house in 1991 for $500,000 and understandably, it was sold less than two years after the body of JonBenét Ramsey was found lifeless in their beautiful family home.
It was sold to a group of investors in 1998 for $650,000 according to the Denver Post. A CU strength and conditioning coach lived in it as a renter before he moved out in 2001.
The current owners, Tim Milner and his wife, Carol Schuller Milner, the daughter of “Hour of Power” televangelist Robert H. Schuller, purchased it for $1.05 million in 2004.
According to The Denver Post, they listed the house for sale a handful of times, first in 2008 for $2.68 million and then again in 2009 for $2.29 million. It was relisted for $2.3 million in 2011.
JonBenét Ramsey Murder House Listed for Sale for $7 Million https://t.co/WbBaYfyeSW— NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) April 6, 2023
Owner Carol Milner stated in previous media interviews that she was reluctant to move in at first but eventually fell in love with the house.
She breathed new life into the home including changing the basement, where JonBenet’s body was found, into a family room with an open space. She mentioned that the neighbors appreciated her efforts.
The house is described as having “a timeless appeal in an unbeatable location”, per the listing. “Stately and modernized 1920’s Tudor estate on three lots in an epic Boulder location, stunning curb appeal with amazing Flatiron views,” it reads.
“Surrounded by luxury homes, a beautiful stroll to Pearl Street shops, restaurants, CU, and easy access to Denver.”
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