Back in year 1974, the house on Ocean Avenue, known now as the “Amityville Horror house” or by several other similar titles to go along with, stood with a white sign that read “High Hopes”. Sometime later down that year, it became famous for the gruesome massacre of the DeFeo family.
One fateful night, Ronald DeFeo Jr. the family’s 23 year old son set out to kill his parents and siblings with a gun. Followed by his arrest, the court sentenced Ronald DeFeo Jr. to six consecutive life sentences.
The incident inspired hundreds of people from media and different communities to highlight the house for its peculiar or so-called “demonic” influence. For instance, writer Jay Anson promoted the house as a place that harbored evil spirits and lost souls in his book: ‘The Amityville Horror.’
Anson covers the story of the Lutz family which moved in after buying the house at a bargain, only to be driven out scared and terrorized 28 days later. Skeptics, on the other hand, believe that all of it was a concocted tale and a series of rumors which was planned by the Lutzes and their lawyer.
Currently, the same house is for sale, and that too, at a staggering $850,000 price. Back in 1997, the house was sold for $230,000. Throughout its tenure, this house has overseen several buyers and a ginormous increase in its listed price that once even went up to $1.15 million. The 3000 square feet building offers 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a car garage and plenty of extra space as well.
According to housing experts, serious buyers are not concerned with the house’s history. Nancy Taylor Bubes, a real estate agent said, “When you deliver a product that doesn’t feel like a murder happened inside, buyers look at it with fresh eyes.
You have washed away the sadness.” She also holds credit for selling the Georgetown house where a husband strangled his wife, Viola Drath, to death. As a matter of fact, there are few local residents who are interested in buying the Amityville house, despite of knowing its bizarre history.