If you’re looking for a house with some history, do we ever have a property for you.
A gorgeous, five-bedroom Dutch Colonial home on the waterfront is up for sale in Amityville, New York for the ultra-low price of $850,000 (USD). It comes complete with a heated sun room, four bathrooms, a two-car garage and a formal dining room. While you might be hard pressed to find a deal that good nearby, there is one little caveat we can think of to explain the low price tag: six people were brutally murdered here. Oh, and it’s also the house that the movie Amityville Horror was based on.
No biggie, right?
In 1974, this home was the place where 23-year-old Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot his parents and four siblings to death as they slept in their beds (he’s still in prison for those murders today). His lawyers argued in court that when DeFeo moved into the home he started hearing voices in his head that prompted him to carry out the crimes. To make matters worse, George and Kathy Lutz, the people who moved into the house about a year after the murders took place, reportedly left after only living there for 28 days. They sold the property at a loss and claimed they were spooked out by paranormal phenomena (it’s worth noting, however, that many people have contested those claims and questioned their motivations).
So if you don’t mind living in a murder house that may or may not be totally haunted and could also have the power to drive you into a murderous rampage, you should check this place out!
Now, to be fair, the realtors note that the house has had multiple owners since the murders took place, and that none have been chased out by ghosts.
“There’ve been four owners since the murders, and none of them ran out of the house screaming, and there were no strange experiences,” Gerald O’Neill of Coldwell Banker Harbor Light told AOL.
It does seem strange though, that the listing posted online doesn’t include even one shot of the property’s interior.
So maybe this home still has something to hide after all.