Stephen King's House.

Stephen King's House

Field review by the editors.

Bangor, Maine

If you're a big fan of Stephen King, and want to meet other King zealots, just stand in front of his house. It's one of the most photographed-from-the-street celebrity homes in America, trailing perhaps only Graceland.

King, who paints a vivid picture of his home state of Maine in much of his fiction, moved into this house in 1980. The 19th century Victorian mansion is on Bangor's nicest historic block, where sawmill barons lived in the city's lumbering heyday. In addition to it looking like a classic Gothic haunted house, King surrounded the property with a spiky iron fence with a spiderweb front gate topped by two iron bats. King has said that he doesn't like visitors, but his desire to live in a horror cliche of a house created the perfect photo backdrop for his fans.

If you're hoping to glimpse King during a visit, you won't. He spends almost all of his time in his other homes, and in 2019 asked Bangor's permission to turn the house from a residence into the official Stephen King Archive and retreat for writers. King's attorney told the Bangor Daily News that neighbors like the idea because "it will be nice to see some lights on in the building at night."

Stephen King's House

W. Broadway, Bangor, ME
On the west side of W. Broadway, midway between Union St./Hwy 222 and Hammond St./US Hwy 2. Private property, visible from street.
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