When a previous inhabitant of your house is awaiting trial for murder, it might not be the best time to put the place on the market, but nobody seems to have told that to the owners of 27 Hampton Road in Scarsdale. The two-story Normandy stone tudor is the childhood home of Robert Durst, the real estate heir turned alleged killer who was arrested for murder on March 14. Durst grew up in this house, and in The Jinx, a recent HBO documentary of his life, he says he saw his mother commit suicide by jumping from the roof when he was just 7 years old. Durst's family owned the 6,400-square-foot house until his father died in 1995. It has seven bedrooms, a "sweeping marble staircase salvaged from the original Waldorf-Astoria," a solarium, and a wood-paneled library. The Post, which spotted the listing, doesn't say why the owners want to sell, but perhaps the connection to Durst's disturbing life got to be too much.
Robert Durst first made headlines in 1982 after the disappearance of his wife. He was arrested for murdering his neighbor in 2001, but he was found not guilty, even though he admitted to chopping up the body. The Jinx aired on HBO in February, bringing renewed attention to Robert Durst and his sordid tales, and it ended with Durst muttering to himself, "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." He was arrested for the 2000 murder of his good friend just days before, and he is now awaiting trial.
· Listing: 27 Hampton Road [Zillow]
· Killer Deal: Buy Robert Durst's Childhood Home [NYP]
· Robert Durst's Fall From Real Estate Heir to Accused Murderer [Curbed]
· All Robert Durst coverage [Curbed]