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article image'Amityville Horror' house just sold, despite its scary history

By Joan Firstenberg     Aug 6, 2010 in Entertainment
Amityville - As the 1970's were drawing to a close, a scary movie, "The Amityville Horror" took hold. Not only did it track a real mass murder, but the house was perfect for the events. That house, much changed, was sold on the market today.
Amityville, Long Island's 'house of horror' has been sold to buyers who live in the town as Newsday reports, who just
"wanted to get on the water in a big, old, classic house."
The home itself is described by realtors as a lovely Dutch Colonial with five bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, and joke, joke, perhaps a ghost or two. The New York Daily News reports that the house at 108 Ocean Avenue was on the market for $1.5 million, but it is not known what it actually sold for.
The house became a sensation in 1977 when Jay Anson's book, "The Amityville Horror" came out, detailing a real murderous rampage that had been carried out in the house. Some 36 years ago, Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot his parents and his four siblings to death at that address. And a family who bought the house after these killings moved out in less than a month, complaining they were seeing ghosts. The murders inspired the book, and a string of horror films.
Despite its sordid history, the house was only on the market for 70 days. Town realtors say that some high-end homes like this one have remained on the market for over a year. They describe the house today as charming and well-maintained, with a very different look from its days of horror. Even the address has changed. Former owners had it turned into 112 Ocean Ave. to guard their privacy.
The person who is selling it now, did a lot of work to transform the property, including putting in a boathouse, and replacing the bulk head, the central air conditioning, the gas heating system, the roof, the windows, the sprinkler system, the central stereo system, the deck and the patio.
Jeff Allard writes on the website, "Shock Till You Drop"
"If there's one thing that The Amityville Horror will always be remembered for, it's the house itself, arguably the most instantly identifiable edifice in horror history with its Dutch gambrel roof design and quarter-circle windows that give it the appearance of having two evil eyes. To this day, no other haunted house can compare. As James Brolin's Geroge Lutz says, "houses don't have memories" but as The Amityville Horror proves, houses themselves can be unforgettable."
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