As in Sirius Black. Reading Harry Potter was amazing, but if you ever wanted to see the fictional Sirius Black Manor jump into reality I know the place for you right here in the capital of California, Sacramento, 2131 H street sits in the heart of downtown, amidst the businesses and wealthy victorian houses with perfectly quaffed lawns.
For as long as 15 years I have walked by its neglected pall of dark windows, and dead lawn, watching the bees make their way in and out of a hole in one of the walls. Among the living, they alone occupy the manor. The manor is stunning and beautiful like finding a diamond on a street. Running into people including paranormal investigators is normal, we load our eyes with the strange shingles cut to look like dragon scales and fitted by the craftsmen expertly over the house. The stone lion heads that guard each door in the front of the house. The rough-faced blocks at the base and the careful stain glass give this house an aloof air.
The family that owns this home is closed mouth, but clearly this house was created by an eccentric; looking like a gothic castle in detail. A friend of mine put her name and number on a paper indicated she wanted to see the house and left it in the mail box. Later she checked the mail box her paper was gone and no one ever called her. People like me who come to this house really want to go inside. I once thought I saw a woman grimly staring at me though the second story window, but then I heard that the home was vacant.
The story is that this house was owned by one of the wealthy founders of Sacramento, and his wife was mysteriously murdered therein. The manor is not on the market, but back in the 70's a family moved in and said they heard struggling in the kitchen, shattering glass and saw cats mysteriously streaking through the rooms then vanishing. Legend is that family left quickly. There also is an odor of rotting flesh that is said to warn off unliked visitors that dare come into the yard. Looking up the owners, the house is listed under the Martiniz family and the house is caught up in a property dispute. The children wanting to sell it, but they cannot agree on specifics, and so it remains unused.
The family seems to do the minimum to take care of it. This manors many visitors are in love with it, but I also believe that the spirit prefers her existence this way - alone and untouched by time and the living.