The homeowner, Heather Benge (@heatherbenge), quickly gained over 15 million views when she uploaded the suspenseful video to her account.
While we’ve seen real estate discoveries go viral in the past — like the couple who was shocked by what they found in the attic while renovating their 108-year-old country house — Heather’s hidden room is something homeowners dream of.
Heather explained that she and her husband had purchased the house in foreclosure and had lived there with their family for eight months, totally clueless as to what was hidden behind their walls.
It wasn’t until a neighbor knocked on their door and informed them of the secret that they came across the mysterious 300-square-foot space.
Heather, never expecting the footage to be uploaded (let alone to go viral), started filming as her husband poked around behind their storage shelves.
What they found hidden in the walls took their breath away.
Many TikTokers were confounded by the footage, unable to wrap their heads around how Heather didn’t know about this room — and why her neighbors did.
As Heather explains, the previous owners contacted the neighbors, asking them to inform the Benges about the room, and then stopped by to give them the news.
Still, TikTokers had more questions about the secret room.
“Did the neighbor just come to tell you that? Like they knocked, told you about the secret room and then left?” one user asked.
“Why is the lock on the outside of the door girl,” another user wrote.
“I think the real question is why the previous owner needed a secret viewing room…,” commented another user.
“I could have sworn that this is how horror movies start but it could also be the start of a family sitcom,” one user joked.
“This is giving The Watcher vibes lmao,” another user laughed.
While we may never know its full backstory, we can all appreciate the excitement and thrill of such a housekeeping boon.
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