If you like Dutch Colonials, try the Amityville Horror House

A Dutch Colonial home

Hey, if you like Dutch Colonials, the Amityville Horror house might be just what you're looking for. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Looking for real estate?  How about a three story, six bedroom Dutch Colonial with a gambrel roof? It also has a swimming pool and a boat house right on the water. The house is located in a small sleepy Long Island suburb. It’s right on the Atlantic Ocean so the beach is never far away.  It’s going for $1.15 million.  Oh, and it’s the house where  “The Amityville Horror” took place.

‘The Amityville Horror’

“Amityville Horror” the book focuses on the experiences of George Lutz and his wife Kathy Lutz. They bought this Dutch Colonial house for rock bottom prices in 1976, after the house had been vacant for more than a year. The couple learned that the house was where Robert DeFeo Jr., shot and killed his parents and siblings. It cost the Lutzes just $80,000. For a house of this type, that’s the kind of price that guarantees most people won’t need payday loans to keep up with the payments. But the Lutzes left the home with their children in less than a month in terror, claiming strange occurrences tantamount to either a haunting or demonic possession in the home.

Off to the movies

After the incidents involving the Lutzes took place (allegedly), a book was written about the events. The book in question, “The Amityville Horror” has come to be viewed as not-quite-accurate. Regardless of the book’s truthfulness, a film was made in 1979 and sequels followed. In 2005, a remake starring Ryan Reynolds was released.  The interesting thing is that the Lutzes left in 1976, and a new owner, James Cromarty, moved in the next year and lived there for a decade. According to him, “Nothing weird ever happened, except for people coming by because of the book and the movie.”

Homes at killer prices

This is something the National Association of Realtors probably won’t tell you, but when a murder takes place at a residence, the bank or loan company holding the mortgage will list it for sale at rock bottom prices.  The idea is to sell it quickly and quietly.  Don’t believe me? Check this article out at HousingWatch.com.  The only thing you have to ask yourself is if you’re alright with knowing someone met a grisly end in your living room.