A horror icon doesn’t have to be a Freddy, a Jason, or a Michael. Many times we’re used to seeing a villain as being a ghost, an alien, a monster, or something similar. But there are times when that isn’t the case, such as with The Amityville Horror. Rather than there being a specific poltergeist, it ends up that the house itself is the manifestation of evil, the source of all terror and misfortune that befalls anyone unlucky enough to cross its threshold. If you want to tempt fate yourself, then the home that inspired the events of the wildly popular 1977 book (and, in turn, the 1979 film) has gone on the market.
Listed at $850,000, the nearly 12,000 square foot house rests on the Amityville River, features a large boat house, and five bedrooms across three floors as well as a full partially finished basement. The current owner is Caroline D’Antonio whose husband, David, passed away last year (nothing to do with the house). Realtor Jerry O’Neill tells Newsday that the D’Antonio’s enjoyed their time at the home but that it wasn’t necessarily quiet, due to the popularity of the property. “Tourists came and took pictures on the sidewalk, selfies, that kind of stuff,” he explains.
In 1974 Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents and four of his younger siblings, two brothers and two sisters. DeFeo Jr. is still currently incarcerated at Green Haven Correctional Facility. A year later, George Lutz and his wife and two children moved in only to flee the house after only 28 days, claiming that paranormal events were the cause of their retreat. The events there were compiled into a novel by Jay Anson, which sold over 10 million copies.
Some of the more eagle-eyed of you might say that the address of the Amityville Horror house is actually 112 Ocean Ave. and you wouldn’t be wrong. What happened is that the address was changed by previous owners in an attempt to maintain some semblance of privacy.
If you want more information, you can check out the official listing page.