No, it’s not the house from the movie, but it is the house located near the scenic Amityville River that inspired the book, “The Amityville Horror.” The house, located at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, NY, is ironically named, “High Hopes,” something horror aficionados are quite familiar with.
The movie, based on the book, based on supposed real life events of George and Kathy Lutz, took place at this residence in the late 1975, early 1976 after Ronald (Butch) DeFeo Jr. killed his mother and father, as well as four siblings in 1974 at the same location.
In late 1975, George and Kathy Lutz purchased the home, and moved in with their three children. 28 days later, they were looking to move out. According to the Lutz family, they were terrorized by paranormal activity–no, not the movie–which created an obsession in Mr. Lutz about the unseen powers that be.
In 1977, Jay Anson released the supposed non-fiction novel, “The Amityville Horror,” based on the Lutzs’ experiences over those 28 days. Talk about being able to capitalize on your fears!? The present owners of the home have stated that nothing out of the ordinary has ever occurred–just the additional traffic of individuals who like to swing by the house to see where all those 1974 murders took place.
Digressing back to this lovely, waterfront Dutch Colonial 5BR, 3.5BA home. It’s going for a cool $1.15 million. A typical price for a home on Long Island, but with loads of extras: Lore, legend, scam, scandal and if you arrange the beds in the bedrooms just so, you could even say, “Look honey, I’m lying down where Robert DeFeo Sr. was brutally gunned down in his sleep by his crazy son.” Yeah. I couldn’t live there either.
If you’re interested, however, here’s the official Real Estate listing.