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Brantford home listing is a nightmare for people who are afraid of clowns

The listing calls it a “charming brick bungalow on [a] quiet street close to schools and parks” that has been “gently lived in” and “meticulously maintained.” What it neglects to mention is the home is a veritable shrine to clowns.

The home could be yours for just under $240K

This home on Chatham Street in Brantford, Ont. is a shrine to all things clown. (Realtor.ca)

The listing calls it a "charming brick bungalow on [a] quiet street close to schools and parks" that has been "gently lived in" and "meticulously maintained."

What it neglects to mention is the home is a veritable shrine to clowns.

Everywhere you look in photos shot from inside 222 Chatham St. in Brantford, Ont., they're there — from dolls, to miniatures, to porcelain statues and paintings. It was recently listed on the market for $239,900.

The single family, two-bedroom, one-bathroom home has a detached cedar garage and a shed with lots of parking and a well-kept lawn. It also boasts Ronald McDonald's smiling grin in multiple places.

Coulrophobia (or fear of clowns) might not be classified as an official disorder by the World Health Organization, but those terrified by Stephen King's It probably won't want to step inside, all the same.

Realtor Kyle Jansink plays up the home's eccentricities in a tongue in cheek video on his online listing page.

"You know a friend of mine was a clown. He performed on stilts. I always did look up to him," he says with a smirk. "But we are not clowning around about the price."

Jansink told CBC News Tuesday that the family isn't doing any more interviews about the home, because of the immense attention it has gotten. 

"Because they're an older couple, it's already a lot for them to be selling their home," he said.

In a previous interview with Vice News, Michael McMannis, the son of one of the owners, said that his mother and stepfather started buying the clowns in an effort to keep McMannis' stepfather from drinking.

"My stepdad had a drinking issue as perceived by my mother," McMannis told Vice. "Every clown represents a bottle of beer that he would have bought."

In the listing, Jansink says the home has had the same owners for over 30 years.

In a time when many homes are professionally staged before selling, the owners have clearly decided to let their own personality shine through.

Now it could be yours, for just under $240,000. No word yet on if it comes packaged with any memorabilia.

adam.carter@cbc.ca

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Adam Carter is a Newfoundlander who now calls Toronto home. He enjoys a good story and playing loud music. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamCarterCBC or drop him an email at adam.carter@cbc.ca.

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