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Inside an abandoned house decorated for Christmas with gifts under the tree

There is always something strange when a house is abandoned while the memories of its former residents are still protected within its walls.

Urban explorers often wonder what maybe happened to make time stand still in these places.

A mid-modern house appears to have been abandoned by its owners before they could open their Christmas presents.

The Christmas tree was decorated with golden ornaments with an angel dressed in red at the top.

Unopened gifts were also left under the tree and are believed to have been left there for over a decade since the previous owner’s sudden death.

The gifts were not opened under the Christmas tree

Introducing the house in Birmingham, Alabama, Abandoned Southeast wrote in a Facebook post: “Christmas decorations are commonplace in most abandoned homes.

“However, it’s not often that you find a fully decorated Christmas tree with presents underneath.

“It’s one of those places that really has more questions than answers. Earlier this year, I had access to this amazing abandoned house.

“Built in the 1960s, this property was once a mid-century modern centerpiece.

Chevrolet Corvair from the 1960s owned by the previous owner
Former owner’s 1960s Chevrolet Corvair rusts in trees

“The house has the distinction of being the only house in Alabama like this and is closely watched by the neighbors.”

The blogger behind the page, Leland told the Daily Star that the house is “full of history”.

Reports say the property was built in the 1960s and designed by John Randal McDonald.

Its unique features include a partially flat roof, narrow hallways, no overhead ceiling lights, and the most important feature – a recessed fireplace for close seating.

The clean lines give the 1,500 square foot two bedroom two bath home a much larger feel.

The original interior was designed with the local style in mind

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In the center of the house, the children’s bedrooms are separated by a folding door which makes separate bedrooms for sleeping and opens onto a large daytime play area.

The master bedroom had sliding doors to the porch to one side and a closet full of clothes even after being abandoned.

A 1960s Chevrolet Corvair belonging to the previous owner was left to rust in the trees.

The property was sold to investors earlier this year who have since renovated the property.