A Scottsdale couple learned this summer that a long-dead celebrity’s sexual escapades and a violent murder do not necessarily translate into a real estate bonanza.
The condominium where actor Bob Crane was bludgeoned to death in 1978 failed to snare a single buyer this summer after more than two months on eBay, an Internet auction site, a real estate agent for owners Ron and Pat Herbst said last week.
"Act ually, over the course of the listing it had two bids and both were retracted," said Ardy Haines of West USA Realty. "So the owners are keeping it and staying there.
"I tried to get a hold of both individuals who put the bid in and neither one of them responded. One was from California and the other from back East somewhere."
The Herbsts listed the two -bedroom, poolside condo at 7430 E. Chaparral Road on the Internet site from May 15 to July 5.
The goal: Cash in on publicity of the 25th anniversary of Crane’s June 29, 1978, death. The starting bid on the Winfield Place condo was $180,000 — about $70,000 more than the value, Haines said.
Pat Herbst, who with her husband owns two other condos in the complex, said she was quite content to continue living at an infamous murder site.
"I had mixed feelings about it from the beginning," she said of the eBay listing. "I’m glad we’re staying."
Friends of the couple called from across the country saying stories about the eBay listing were in local newspapers, Pat Herbst said.
The Herbsts also occasionally saw sightseers wandering around outside, sometimes taking photos. Still, no one ever knocked on the door or called.
"You know, we’ve never had that (happen) since we bought the place," she said.