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'Amityville Horror' house goes into contract

The home at 108 Ocean Ave. in Amityville

The home at 108 Ocean Ave. in Amityville is better known as the "Amityville Horror" house. Credit: Kevin Wohlers for Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty

The Dutch Colonial at 108 Ocean Ave. made famous by "The Amityville Horror" book and movies went into contract this week.

Joanne Mills of Exit Realty Premier found the buyer. She would not disclose who they are, but Jerry O'Neill of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light in Amityville, whose brother, Peter, used to own the house, says the buyers live in the community and "wanted to get on the water in a big, old classic house."

Two sources independently identify the buyers as David D’Antonio and his wife, retirees who are active in community affairs. When reached by phone Thursday, a man who answered at the D’Antonio residence refused to comment.

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On the market for $1.15 million, the five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home is where Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his parents and four siblings in 1974. The shootings, which happened as the family members slept, became the inspiration three years later for the supernatural book “The Amityville Horror: A True Story” as well as a string of horror films.

Despite all the publicity, the house spent only 70 days on the market. Some high-end homes in Amityville have been for sale for more than a year, says O'Neill. "Seventy days is a very good turn-around time," he says.

Mills would not disclose the contract price. Not all houses in contract necessarily close.

Charming and well-maintained, the house looks very different from the "Horror" days. Even the address is not the same. When James and Barbara Cromarty owned the house, they had it changed from 112 Ocean Ave. to guard their privacy.

Owner Brian Wilson has renovated the property, including the boathouse, 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.

Laura Zambratto of Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty was the listing agent.

Listen to Newsday's Valerie Kellogg talk to BBC Radio about the 'Amityville Horror' house.

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