PANAMA CITY — A house in Panama City near Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center has gone viral after being listed on the market — and not for its hefty $1.65 million price tag.
“I’ve been wracking my brain about what this house was used for and I just can’t figure it out,” Tiktok user @oldfarmwitch says at the start of the video, which has garnered more than 770,000 views and 14,000 comments since it was posted May 3.
The 14,939-square-foot, two-story, single-family residence at 329 W. 23rd Place sits on just 0.757 acres and has only four bedrooms and five bathrooms. From the outside, the large, white-ish building looks more like a compound than a home.
But it’s the endless shelving, deep closets, carpeted kitchen floor and random pieces of antique furniture collected in corners of rooms that have people wondering about the story behind the house.
As clips of photos circling electrical wires sticking out of walls and ceilings flip across the screen with heavy metal music playing in the background, @oldfarmwitch says, “And the whole place is wired for something. And why is this boarded up?”
“I say get out!,” she forewarns, ending the video.
The News Herald contacted Counts Real Estate, which listed the property. An agent said the viral video has drawn a lot of attention to the property that the family of the estate is not interested in addressing, and declined to speak about the history of the property on record.
However, the agent did confirm that the property belonged to Mary Sue Eubank and shared that she was a local businesswoman who had an affinity for buying nice clothes and antique furniture. Eubank passed away in 2019. In preparation for selling the home, the agent said tags remained on several items of clothing Eubank likely never wore.
In photos on the online listing, the huge house does not appear to be as ominous as @oldfarmwitch conjures up in the short video. The seemingly countless closets, brightly lit show mirrors and mile-high shelving didn’t go unacknowledged by Tiktok users.
“The first thing I thought of was Barbie’s dream house,” wrote @Aaliyah.Goessel.
@Jakegyllenhaalscat wrote, “OK. It’s got that Barbie life in the dream house closet tho (sic).”
“I’ve literally dreamt of this house on multiple occasions,” wrote @Pepepgchamp.
While some people have had bizarre reasons for wanting to see the property, the agent said the estate has received calls from people wanting to know more about it for practical reasons, such as a towing company out of Oregon that found interest in using the mixed-use property as a depot because it has an attached garage with 14 parking spaces.
According to property appraiser records, Eubank purchased the property for $450,000 in 2004. The property was listed in 2020 with a tax-assessed value of $2.2 million. The listing can be found on Zillow.com.