The house that inspired the “The Amityville Horror” book and movies has found a buyer, according to a real estate marketing website.
The 1927 Dutch Colonial went into contract this week, according to Redfin.com. “We don’t discuss the terms of a sale until it’s closed,” listing agent Jerry O’Neill of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light tells Newsday.
The Ocean Avenue home came on the market in June for $850,000. The current owner purchased the property in 2010 for $950,000, down from its listing price then of $1.15 million.
The 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, 3 1⁄2-bathroom home, on a 0.27-acre lot on the Amityville River, comes with a boathouse and a slip.
The home has been restored and updated, but retains period details such as leaded glass, oak floors and built-ins, all in addition to a security system monitoring the property by cameras, an exclusive tour given to Newsday revealed earlier this year.
Before being catapulted into movie fame with the release of the 1979 film “The Amityville Horror” — and then becoming a popular spot for unwanted onlookers both by land and sea — the house was the site of the murders of six members of the DeFeo family. Ronald DeFeo Jr., then 23, shot and killed his parents and four younger siblings as they slept in the house in 1974. DeFeo is now serving 25 years to life at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate Dutchess County.