Here's a real-estate deal you might want to jump on: a beautiful, five-bedroom Dutch Colonial for sale in the lovely Long Island town of Amityville, right on the water, complete with a renovated boathouse, stunning views of the Amityville River, more than a quarter of an acre of landscaped property and a full deck and patio.
There's just one catch.
In case you hadn't guessed from the name of the town, yes, this is the Amityville Horror house, made infamous by the supposedly true 1977 book and 1979 movie of the same name, not to mention a fistful of sequels and a full-on remake in 2005.
According to the story, George and Kathleen Lutz moved into the house with their three children shortly before Christmas of 1975 and moved out 28 days later, claiming that they were being terrorized nonstop by demonic spirits. Although the book became a runaway best-seller and the movie a huge hit, the Lutzes' claims were never proven and the story has been considered a hoax for years.
Since that time, the house has passed through the hands of several owners. A couple named James and Barbara Cromarty bought it in March 1977 and lived there for 10 years with no disturbances, except for tourists coming around to get a peek at the place. Subsequent residents have never reported any problems either.
The house did have an awful history before the Lutzes bought it: A disturbed young man named Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot his parents and four siblings to death there in 1974 for reasons never made entirely clear. The Lutzes' story only added to its notoriety. Both Kathleen and George Lutz (who died, respectively, in 2004 and 2006) passed lie detector tests about their experiences in the house and maintained to the end that they were driven out by malevolent forces.
Over the years, the exterior of the house—including those famous windows that looked like eyes—has been changed to discourage thrill-seekers from coming around, along with the original 112 Ocean Avenue address. But although it looks very different these days, the Amityville Horror house still stands and can be yours right now for $1.15 million.
So ... are you interested?