The Amityville house was put into the spotlight back in 1974 when Ronald DeFeo, Jr. killed six members of his own family as they slept in their beds. The house on 112 Ocean Avenue remained empty for over a year after the murders until it was purchased in December of 1975 at the reduced price of $80,000 by the Lutz family. The real estate broker did inform the family of the murders but ultimately decided that they would go ahead with the purchase. The couple also had three children and a dog.
Before the Lutz family was done unpacking, they were already having disturbing paranormal experiences. At which point they decided to contact Father Mancuso who was a lawyer, judge of the Catholic Court and a psychotherapist. Upon visiting, Father Mancuso later reported that he also experienced paranormal activity in the house.
The activity that followed has left an indelible mark on the Amityville community and the house itself. The house has been in the limelight ever since and has left a legacy that includes being the subject of numerous books and movies.
On February 9, 2017 the house sold for $605,000, more than $200,000 less than its asking price. The previous owner had bought the house in 2010 for $950,000, much less than the $1.15 million asking price.
The 3-Story house is a Dutch Colonial that was built in 1927 and sits on 0.25 acres of professionally landscaped property that sits waterfront to the Amityville River. Exterior also includes a boat dock, a large boathouse, and a detached 2-car garage. It has 11 rooms and has 3,600 sqft. The house has five bedrooms and 3 1⁄2-bathrooms and although it has been restored, they did manage to keep some of the house’s original details like the oak floors and leaded glass.