Notorious South Carolina Hunting Lodge Sold in Auction, Set to Become Horse Farm

A new chapter has unfolded for the infamous South Carolina hunting lodge once owned by disgraced attorney Alex Murdaugh, who is currently serving two life terms for the murder of his wife and son on the sprawling property in 2021. The Moselle Estate House, located in rural Islandton, South Carolina, has been sold to an undisclosed South Carolina businessperson through a winning bid of $1 million in a recent auction, as reported by Realtor.com.

Despite falling just short of the initial minimum bid set at $1.1 million, the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home, along with 21 acres of land, attracted the interest of the buyer who plans to transform the property into a horse farm. Craig King, the senior marketing consultant at J.P. King Auction Co., the firm overseeing the sale, revealed that the new owner is a prominent South Carolina businessperson with several offices throughout the state.

The estate, situated approximately 70 miles southeast of Charleston and 70 miles north of Savannah, Georgia, was originally part of a larger 1,772-acre parcel sold in March 2023 for $2.66 million. Local farmers James Ayer and Jeffrey Godley acquired the majority of the property for timber, hunting, and agribusiness purposes. They subsequently put the house and 21 acres up for sale for $1.95 million late last year before resorting to the auction.

Despite the dark history and the tragic events that transpired on the property, the Moselle Estate House garnered significant interest, with more than two dozen serious inquiries, according to King. The estate features a picturesque oak tree-lined driveway leading to a home boasting front and back porches, a grand staircase with a mezzanine balcony, vaulted ceilings, and a primary bedroom with a walk-in closet and a bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub.

While homes associated with high-profile crimes often sell at a discount due to potential buyer hesitation, this sale marks a turning point for the property’s future. The new owner’s vision for the estate remained undeterred by the typical discount, which ranges from 10% to 15%.

The saga of the Murdaugh family, marred by tragedy and scandal, has captivated audiences through various media portrayals. From Netflix’s “Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal” to HBO Max’s “Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty,” the family’s story has garnered widespread attention. Alex Murdaugh’s story, meticulously documented by prosecutors, revealed a chilling motive to divert attention from his financial fraud scheme. Last year, he pleaded guilty to 22 counts of financial fraud and money laundering, financing his drug addiction with stolen funds. Additionally, allegations surfaced of Murdaugh attempting to orchestrate his own demise to secure a hefty life insurance payout for his surviving son, Richard “Buster” Murdaugh.

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1 Response

  1. It is truly tragic what happened at the South Carolina hunting lodge owned by Alex Murdaugh. However, instead of letting this property be a constant reminder of the horrific events that took place there, I believe it could be transformed into a place of healing and support for victims of domestic violence.

    The lodge could be repurposed into a safe haven or retreat center for survivors of domestic abuse. It could offer counseling services, support groups, and workshops to empower individuals who have experienced similar traumas. Additionally

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