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A spacious condo in Salem, MA, where witches are now kitschy, for $624,500

This four-bedroom, three-bath condo has three private balconies.

LUX Realty North Shore

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Halloween may be over but some destinations in the Northeast are connected to their spooky (or macabre) history all year round. Sleepy Hollow, New York comes to mind, as does Fall River, Massachusetts—the former residence of Lizzie Borden. But the most notorious of these is Salem, Massachusetts, home of the infamous 17th century Salem witch trials. It was here that 14 women and five men were hanged after being found guilty of "witchcraft" by their peers.

At times, Salem has tried to distance itself from its bloody past, but in the 21st century, the city is taking a different approach and embracing parts of it. You can find witch-related walking tours, witch-themed bars and eateries, tourist shops selling charms and potions, and a statue of Elizabeth Montgomery, star of the tv show, "Bewitched."

You'll also find a lot of well-preserved history. The Witch House, the former 17th century home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is a museum that digs into the Salem witch trials in great detail. The property that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of the Seven Gables" is also still standing, if you want to give it a visit. You can also stop by the Salem Witch Museum, which offers a touristy but informative look at the trials, and the hanging site, which finally got a proper memorial spot in 2017. 

Of course, there's a Salem outside of witch trials and murderous Puritans. There are restaurants like the Sea Level Oyster Bar and Mercy Tavern, and drinking like Bit. Bar, an arcade bar housed in the Old Salem Jail. There's the Peabody Essex Museum, if you prefer art over witch hunt history. There's incredible fall foliage, as is New England's proud tradition. And there's some great real estate, including the four-bedroom, three-bath, townhouse-style condo at 73 Orchard St., #2, now on the market for $624,500. The home owners association fee is $189 a month.

The house, which was built in 1920, has a handsome living room outfitted with hardwood floors, bay windows, high ceilings, and a gas fireplace. 

The living room flows into the open concept dining area, also romantically set against a row of bay windows.

The kitchen was recently redone, and has been updated with high-end appliances, quartz countertops, and soapstone backsplash.

It's also got a lot of pantry space, from the looks of things.

It looks like there's a sunlit space for breakfasting, as well.

The condo takes up two floors; the master suite is upstairs, and has vaulted ceilings.

Here are two more bedrooms.

It looks like there's an additional living room upstairs as well.

The exposed beams on the ceiling are a nice touch.

As is the skylight.

Here's a shot of one of the condo's three private balconies.

There's also a garden patio with a fire pit. It's unclear if you'd share that with your downstairs neighbor.

And here's a shot of the house from the street.

The house is about a four-and-a-half hour drive from Manhattan, and just under a one-hour drive from Boston's South Station.