World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

NBC NEWS -- Florida Housing Crisis -- Pictured: In this Lehigh Acres, Florida, neighborhood, home after abandoned home reflects the dismal state of the housing market -- Photo by: Stephanie Himango/NBC NewsWire
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Sunken villages, derelict amusement parks, and vacant mental hospitals are just a few abandoned places with creepy appeal.

Lehigh Acres, Florida

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Why It’s Eerie: There’s something bluntly creepy about the abandoned exurbs of Florida. Forsaken construction sites, like the ones in the middle-class development of Lehigh Acres in Florida’s southwest, are filled with half-built McMansions, unkempt yards overtaken by alligators and snakes, and derelict cul de sacs that lead to nothing. Florida’s population is diminishing for the first time ever, and nowhere is the exodus felt stronger than here.

How to Experience It: Witness the epicenter of the subprime mortgage crisis (and maybe even scout a few good house deals) by hopping aboard real estate agent Marc Joseph’s free foreclosure boat tour in Lee County’s Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Lehigh areas.

NBC NEWS -- Florida Housing Crisis -- Pictured: In this Lehigh Acres, Florida, neighborhood, home after abandoned home reflects the dismal state of the housing market -- Photo by: Stephanie Himango/NBC NewsWire

World's Eeriest Abandoned Places

Lehigh Acres, Florida

Why It’s Eerie: There’s something bluntly creepy about the abandoned exurbs of Florida. Forsaken construction sites, like the ones in the middle-class development of Lehigh Acres in Florida’s southwest, are filled with half-built McMansions, unkempt yards overtaken by alligators and snakes, and derelict cul de sacs that lead to nothing. Florida’s population is diminishing for the first time ever, and nowhere is the exodus felt stronger than here.

How to Experience It: Witness the epicenter of the subprime mortgage crisis (and maybe even scout a few good house deals) by hopping aboard real estate agent Marc Joseph’s free foreclosure boat tour in Lee County’s Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Lehigh areas.

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