Heaven's Gate suicide site on the market
September 29, 1997
Web posted at: 11:27 p.m. EDT (0327 GMT)
RANCHO SANTA FE, California (CNN) -- Anyone wanting to
purchase the home where 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult
committed suicide six months ago must put in a bid within two
weeks, says a California real estate agent selling the home.
Realtor Burt Sveine said the home, located in a posh San
Diego neighborhood, is being offered on a sealed-bid-only
basis, with all offers due by October 14.
"Come and see your perception of the new 'Heaven's Gate'
estate," says a flier about the sale of the sprawling home
where members of the sect committed suicide in March for what
they hoped would be a rendezvous with a UFO trailing Comet
The nine-bedroom, seven-bathroom estate -- complete with
swimming pool, tennis courts, putting green, sauna and
elevator -- is worth about $2.2 million to $2.5 million,
The flier adds, "This property is being sold with the 'movie
rights' passing to the new owner and in 'as is' condition and
For those interested, Sveine can be reached at 1-888-2-
HEAVEN. Sveine represents owner Sam Koutchesfahani, who
rented the home to the cult.