By , Jennifer Gould Keil
Published December 19, 2019
A baker, artist and entertainer known for her fixation with horror flew in from California to tour — and bid on — a super-cheap mansion in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
Christine McConnell — the goth star of the 2018’s “The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” on Netflix, a mashup of a scripted reality and DIY show in which she concocted gory-looking desserts, embarked on home improvement products and encountered zany neighbors — is now hoping to secure and renovate the home, fresh off of launching a new crowdfunded YouTube series.
She has put in an offer to buy and renovate Auburn, New York’s Seymour Mansion, a nearly 6,000-square-foot Victorian that was most recently on the market for just $50,000.
Built in 1861, the mansion at 113 North St. in Auburn had most recently been divided into apartments and housed residents up until seven months ago, according to the Auburn Citizen. In June, the city acquired the building, whose interiors are dilapidated, through a tax foreclosure proceeding.
Michael DeRosa, the broker representing this home, got creative. Instead of having it sell at auction, he approached the city of Auburn to pitch a contest to see who has the best restoration plan for the home. It’s one of the multiple properties that the city foreclosed on that DeRosa and his partner, Kelli Ide, are trying to find buyers for.
McConnell entered the contest, which closed on Wednesday, and the winner will be announced soon.
“It’s more about the plan than the price,” DeRosa says.
McConnell is considering filming a new show centered around her plans to restore the home to its original grandeur.
She tells The Post she fell in love with the mansion when she saw it on the Instagram account Cheap Old Houses.
The 10-bedroom house “is so grand-looking from the outside, and the interior aligns with it,” McConnell says. “There is also something so creepy-looking about it — and creepy is very much in line with my brand. It just seemed like a really interesting fit.”
The property comes with original details, including four marble fireplaces, a curved wooden staircase, pocket doors and a two-story carriage house — all on 0.92 acres.