Amityville Horror house is back on the market for $850,000

July 30, 2016

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The infamous Long Island Amityville Horror house is back on the market for $850,000, dropping in price since it was purchased back in 2010 for $950,000. This 5 bed, 3.5 bath Dutch Colonial home has been the site of macabre public intrigue since then 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his parents and four siblings in 1974. DeFeo’s lawyers attempted to mitigate his guilt by claiming their client heard demonic voices which urged him to kill his family, igniting the property’s paranormal rumors that follow it to this day, which locals refer to as “The Amityville Hoax.”

Undaunted by the bloodshed that occurred within the walls of then 112 Ocean Avenue, newlyweds George and Kathy Lutz, along with their children, attempted to make this riverfront property their beloved home only one year after the murders. They fled a mere 28 days later with tales of unspeakable horror that would inspire novels and films for decades to come.

The house, now located at 108 Ocean Avenue in order to distance itself from the notoriety of the original address, has had four separate owners since the DeFeo murders; everyone besides the Lutz family claims no paranormal activity ever plagued them. So why did the Lutz family abandon all their belongings and a home that held so many promises of a happy future? The Lutzes claim whatever demonic presence they encountered in the Amityville house followed on their heels, haunting them wherever they went. The truth to this, as with their initial story of what occurred over those 28 days, remains shrouded in mystery due to family member’s differing accounts of what really transpired and the family’s desire to profit off of their story.

The Amityville Horror house is currently being sold by listing agent Gerald O’Neill from Coldwell Banker Harbor Light, who does not anticipate its history causing any disturbance in the sale. The Zillow listing makes no mention of its fame, perhaps attempting to distance the home from its past. The menacing, iconic windows have been replaced with more modern, cheerful frames and the pictures focus on the residence’s exterior beauty and waterfront views. There are, interestingly, no pictures of the 3,600 square foot interior.

The truth to what really possessed Ronald DeFeo to murder his entire family and compelled the Lutz family to leave and never return is veiled somewhere within the walls of the house itself, the singular, impartial silent witness to two family’s most private and haunting moments. 

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