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Warren Park’s ‘Haunted’ House


By Elizabeth Nyaguyo

An old house in Harare’s Warren Park whose unique architectural design has over the years left residents mesmerized has continued to be a talk amongst residents.



The one question residents have carried over time is what inspired the design?


However, the question has remained unanswered resulting in people spectulating.



The owner of the house is believed to have left the country in search for greener pastures and it is being leased out.



Residents who spoke to Sly Media News said over the years assumptions on the secret behind the house have been peddled.



“This house was built in the late 80’s by a man who is believed to be the owner who was a builder who used to build houses for white people in Afghanistan,” said one Mary Chingwa.



Another resident John Chidora said the house was, at some point, a tourist attraction for people around Harare as many were astonished by the designs.



“Many people around Harare used to come here to see and take pictures of this house because it was unique ,” said John Chidora.



Tenants who are occupying the house said the house had more than 10 rooms and as such it accommodated more families compared to other houses in the area.



“This house is a blessing to many families because it has more than ten rooms and it is accommodating many families,” said one of the tenants who refused to be named.



With no one knowing the reason why the owner chose the design, some residents have even go on to conclude that the house is haunted.



“These kinds of houses are seen in movies like Wrong Turn that is why we usually call it a ghost house given its ‘strange’ design,” said Natsai Mutemeri.



Another resident Bob Mangenga said some people call it a synagogue because they believe that it was built to be a synagogue but people turned it into a house after the owner moved to the diaspora.

Robert Tapfumaneyi