Do you love the “Amityville Horror” movies enough to live in the real house? That’s the question now that the Long Island Dutch Colonial home that inspired the horror franchise is up for sale.
The house, which is located at 108 Ocean Ave. in Amityville, New York, has been listed on real estate website Zillow for five days now. The owner, Caroline D’Antonio, purchased the home in 2010 with her husband, David, who People reports died last year. The couple bought the home for $950,000, and D’Antonio is now asking $850,000.
Although it bears a hefty price tag, it’s an impressive home boasting five bedrooms, four baths, a two-car garage and a boathouse. And, of course, it also comes with the chilling knowledge that six brutal murders took place in the home in 1974.
For those who are unfamiliar with the story, 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot and killed his four siblings and parents while they were sleeping. He’s currently serving six sentences of 25 years to life at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Beekman, New York. And that’s not the only horrific tale associated with the home. A year later the Lutz family moved in but left after only 28 days. Owners George and Kathy claimed that paranormal forces haunted them and their children.
Check out other famous “haunted” homes that have hit the market over the years:
The Alfred Rosenheim Mansion
This Los Angeles home is very popular in Hollywood. The 6-bedroom, 5-bath Gothic home was built in 1907 and has been featured in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The X-Files,” “The Twilight Zone” and most recently “American Horror Story.” Now a historical-cultural monument, the property was sold in March 2015 for $3.2 million. The property made headlines this past February when it was briefly listed on Airbnb to rent for a cool $1,450 a night.
The Los Feliz Murder House
In early April a three-story house in Los Angeles hit the market for $2.75 million. It’s a reasonable price for the property, which is nicknamed the Los Feliz Murder House. In 1959 a doctor named Dr. Harold Perelson killed his wife with a hammer while she was sleeping. He tried to do the same to his 18-year-old daughter, Judye, but she was able to escape. Perelson killed himself by swallowing pills before the police arrived. The house has sat empty for years and has since been lowered to $2.3 million.
Villa Bella is a gorgeous Mediterranean-style villa that was built in 1994 and sold to “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin in 2000. Unfortunately it has a dark history. The house that stood there before was the home where pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four of her friends were murdered by Charles Manson’s “family” in 1968. According to the Los Angeles Times, it was knocked down after the previous owner, Al Weintraub, failed to sell it in 1992. Franklin reportedly bought it for around $6 million.
The Sowden Residence
The Sowden Residence in Los Angeles hit the market in September 2014 for $4.875 million. In the 1940s the house was owned by Dr. George Hodel, who was a suspect in the murder of the Black Dahlia.