The house at 749 15th Street in Boulder, Colorado, was the subject of national attention in 1996 when six-year-old beauty pageant star JonBenet Ramsey was found murdered in the basement on the day after Christmas. JonBenet's parents John and Patsy Ramsey moved back to their native Altanta shortly after their daughter's death, and the house was sold in 2004 to another family. The house is technically owned by Carol Schuller Milner, the daughter of televangelist Robert Schuller, and her husband Tim Milner, but right now, no one lives in the house where JonBenet Ramsey died.
Although the Milners own the house, they only lived there as their primary residence for a brief amount of time. According to an interview Schuller Milner did with Westword.com, the family lived in the house for about two years before they moved to Southern California. Schuller Milner said that she initially had misgivings about buying a house with such a disturbing history.
"I'm very sensitive and spiritually based. But then I checked myself and thought, 'It's stupid not to just walk through it,' not expecting for a minute that we'd actually buy it," Schuller Milner told Westword. "The minute I walked through the door, this sense of peace came over me, and I absolutely fell in love with the home."
Other prospective buyers have not felt the same way. The Milners put the house back on the market in 2008, and it's gone without a buyer for the last eight years, even after the family dropped the price of the house below $2 million. The 11,000 square foot historic home, which was built in 1927 and is conveniently located less than one mile away from the University of Colorado Boulder campus, should fetch a much higher price — according the housing website Zillow, the property features a basketball court, a pond, and mountain views, and it's currently undervalued by over half a million dollars. But the history of the house would be a daunting psychological obstacle for many potential buyers to overcome, and it's not all that surprising that no one has purchased it yet.
The bizarre and lasting story of JonBenet Ramsey's death may be a factor in why her home hasn't attracted another family yet, but whatever the reason, it's currently sitting empty. Maybe one day another family can make their home there, but for now, the house's story is still centered around that fateful Christmas in 1996.