Lake Tahoe – which straddles the state line between California and Nevada in the United States – is so picturesque, it once moved Mark Twain to describe it as “the fairest picture the whole earth affords.”
The same can’t be said for the creepy décor inside this home for sale in South Lake Tahoe, on the California side, which is currently home to a gaggle of sequin-clad mannequins.
The listing for the five-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex shows a property in need of some love and a deep clean, but it’s the collection of dead-eyed shop figures shown in the living room, kitchen, bathroom and even a bedroom that are impossible to miss.
In one image, eight of the well-coiffed models, who look like they date back to the 1980s, are visible. One has her leg bent, with her foot resting on a wall, another, dressed in purple, has been positioned half-reclining on a chaise lounge, with a hand coyly raised to her shoulder.
Two others, one wearing a diamante crown, stand together near a breakfast bench, while just the top half of another model, again complete with head dress, sits under the bench. Another angle shows a female figure sitting on a chair next to the fridge, with a scarf-clad shoulder thrust upwards.
In a wider shot of a lounge room, which includes a large religious figure normally only seen in a church, another mannequin is visible, laying on the ground of the bathroom, with little clothing on. There’s also what looks like a male dummy in a blue suit jacket in the bathroom.
Oscar Tapia is the owner of the duplex and the mannequins and has been collecting them for over 20 years.
“Since I was a child, I always saw the mannequins in the windows, and I was fascinated with them. So I got my first one, and I started from there. I’ve bought more and more,” he told realtor.com.
Many in his collection are decades old and could now be considered works of art. Some are worth upward of $1,000—even without their clothing, which Mr Tapia purchases separately.
The nearly 60-year-old property, which is close to casinos, beaches, shopping, skiing and the town’s cinema, has a three-bedroom, two-bathroom unit downstairs and a two-bedroom, one-bathroom space downstairs.
It’s on the market for around $AUD840,000 – and thankfully, the mannequins don’t come with the property.