It's official- the infamous Clown Motel of Tonopah, Nevada is up for sale! Never heard of the nightmare that is the Clown Motel? Check out our original article on this fascinating spot right here.
Yes, there is a creepy clown-themed motel in Nevada. And yes, it is up for sale.
Tonopah (population around 2,400) is a historic mining town that sits between Reno and Las Vegas. If you happen to be in that neck of the woods, be sure to stop by the Clown Motel and peek into the lobby. You'll quickly see how the lodging facility earned its name.
You guessed it; there are clowns everywhere. There are even clowns dangling over the beds in the guest rooms!
The current owner, Bob Perchetti, opened the motel about 22 years ago after retiring from his work with state tourism. Perchetti told Las Vegas Now about how his late business partner's clown collection inspired the gimmick:
"He had a house full of clowns, and he decided to bring the clowns up and put them to work."
Thanks to Internet bloggers and news sites, the Clown Motel has been growing in popularity ever since. Clown fanatics and lovers of creepy Americana continue to visit the motel on a regular basis.
"As you know, it's also called the scariest motel in the U.S.," Perchetti said.
Oh, and did we mention that the motel sits next to Tonopah's first cemetery? There's no way this place isn't haunted.
But the times are a-changin', and Perchetti has put the beloved Clown Motel up for sale. With an eye on retirement, the owner told Las Vegas Now that he was looking forward to some free time to pursue non-creepy hobbies:
"I'm going to go fishing. I want to go enjoy myself... I'm going to do a little camping with the grandkids."
But, of course, he'll miss his little clown friends:
"It became a way of life with me... It's funny how you get attached to something. I haven't gone so far as to start talking to them... Oh, I'm going to miss the clowns. I'm going to come back. I'm going to come back and visit my clowns."
Because the historic motel is Tonopah's top tourism draw, a condition of the sale states that the heritage of the motel must be kept intact. While the new owners will be able to update the facility, they must preserve the overall theme. So you don't have to rush to plan your visit.; the clowns will still be there... waiting for you.
Here comes the wild part: Perchetti is asking for a robust $900,000 for the motel. Do you think he'll get a buyer who's willing to pay the asking price? Let us know in the comment section below!