The Boulder home where six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey was murdered in 1996 has been a tough sell. In 2011, as we reported at the time, the property was put on the market for a sale price of $2.3 million — but no one bought it.
Three years later, the same owners are trying again, and they've lowered the listed price to $1.985 million.
Take a photo tour of a beautiful home with a dark past below.
Back in 2011, co-owner Carol Schuller Milner, the daughter of televangelist Robert Schuller, talked to us about the home, and gave us permission to use the following photos. She told us that she and her husband, Tim Milner, initially moved from Southern California to Boulder "to do ministry with college students and downtown residents. So we bought a small home in the Mapleton neighborhood off Pearl Street. But I have an artificial leg — I lost it in a motorcycle accident when I was thirteen — and at the end of 2003, I contracted flesh-eating bacteria. All of a sudden, I was so sick. I ended up on crutches for four months — and navigating those creaky, hundred-year-old stairs made us realize that we needed a place with a downstairs bedroom, or room to put one in."
Hence, she and her husband began house-hunting — and when a friend suggested they take a look at the onetime Ramsey residence, a 1920s-era dwelling at 749 15th Street, which had sat vacant for several years, she was initially reluctant. "We had four kids at the time" — they now have five — "and I'm a very visual person, because I'm a writer and director. I'm very sensitive and spiritually based. But then I checked myself and thought, 'It's stupid not to just walk through it,' not expecting for a minute that we'd actually buy it."
Her mind changed quickly. "The minute I walked through the door, this sense of peace came over me, and I absolutely fell in love with the home."
The couple bought the property in 2004, but moved out of it in 2005/2006 because various projects kept pulling them away to California. As such, they put it up for sale in 2008, and again in 2009. But it had no takers — and while she understands why people might be reluctant to live in a place where such a terrible crime happened, she hoped buyers would come along with a different perspective.
"Some people are making this a dark monument as opposed to thinking about the restoration that can occur after a tragedy," she said. "And I believe that in our darkest tragedies, God doesn't run. He comes. When I lost my leg, I was in a ditch by myself for half an hour before help came. Before that, I wasn't really in the kind of space to think about God or that kind of stuff, even though I was raised in it. But as I laid there, I felt a nearness to God that I'd never felt before. And I know he doesn't abandon the broken. It's not in His nature.
"As a Christian, we have a different view on death," she continued. "Death is not the last word, and God is not bound by death. I just don't believe it's in his character to abandon us, and that effects my ability to look at this house and see all the beautiful things about it."
Will someone finally be able to look at the home as Schuller Milner does? Click here to check out the current listing. Here are more photos of the home.
Continue to see more photos of the JonBenet Ramsey house, which is back on sale — again.
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