Five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a two-car garage, a boat house and possible paranormal activity — it could all be yours for US$850,000.
Yes, you could own a slice of pop culture infamy by picking up this iconic Long Island home.
The home boasts a formal dining room, heated sunroom and riverfront views, but it’s also got quite a lot of baggage.
In 1974, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo, Jr. shot and killed six members of his family (including his four siblings) in the house.
It stood vacant until late 1975. That’s when the Lutz family moved in for 28 infamous days, during which they claimed to have heard strange sounds and voices, seen green lime oozing from the walls, and discovered a hidden “Red Room” in the basement, among other paranormal happenings.
At the end of their 28-date stay, they supposedly fled the home in fear, leaving everything they owned inside.
It was their ‘ordeal’ that inspired the 1976 novel, The Amityville Horror: A True Story, which then inspired the films — *deep breath* — The Amityville Horror, Amityville II: The Possession, Amityville 3D, Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes, The Amityville Curse, Amityville: It’s About Time, Amityville: A New Generation, Amityville Dollhouse, The Amityville Horror (the Ryan Reynolds remake), The Amityville Haunting, The Amityville Asylum, Amityville Death House, The Amityville Playhouse, and the upcoming Amityville: The Awakening.
The opening scene of The Conjuring 2, in cinemas now, is also set in the Amityville Horror house.
In that time, other families have lived in the house without reporting any supernatural activity.
James Cromarty, who lived in the house from 1977 to 1987, has said that the only problem with living there was the unwanted attention generated by the book and films.
“Nothing weird ever happened, except for people coming by because of the book and the movie,” Cromarty told Newsday in 2010.
Cromarty actually changed the address of the house from 112 Ocean Avenue to 108 Ocean Avenue in a (mostly unsuccessful) bid for privacy.
Broker Joanne Mills, who worked on the home’s last sale in 2010, says the fame of the home is both a plus and a minus.
“There is a value to the fact that is is a famous house,” she told Yahoo News.
“It either creates much more interest, but most people wouldn’t want it because of that… the house is haunted, yes, but not by who you think. It’s haunted by the curiosity seekers that make it difficult for the people that live here.”
A number of interior and exterior changes have been made to the house since it rose to fame — for example, the home’s eye-like corner-round windows have been removed, and the swimming pool has been filled in.
The house is currently listed on Zillow — but, sadly, no open houses will be scheduled for the public, and interested buyers must show proof of funds before locking in an appointment to see the house.
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