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Buyer found for 'Amityville Horror' house

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

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

Two sources independently identified the buyers as David D'Antonio and his wife, retirees who are active in community affairs. A man who answered the phone at the D'Antonio residence refused to comment.

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 became the inspiration for the supernatural book "The Amityville Horror: A True Story" as well as a string of horror films.

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

Mills would not disclose the contract price. Not all houses in contract make it to closing.Charming and well-maintained, the house looks very different from the "Horror" days. Even the address is not the same: Former owners had it changed from 112 Ocean Ave. to guard their privacy.

The current owner 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.

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