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The Infamous Amityville Horror House Is Selling For $850,000

Buyer Beware (Of Ghosts)

By Nathalie Nayman August 2, 2016
The Amityville Horror movie. Photo courtesy of People

A couple of months ago, an unassuming house in one of NY’s many towns was listed for sale. Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, two car garage – nothing special. Where is the juicy part? Well, this house happened to be the infamous Amityville Horror House. It can be yours for only $850,000 – violent history, fame and fans of paranormal phenomena are all included in the price.

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For those of you who didn’t watch the movie, here is a quick re-cap: In 1974, a guy brutally murdered all his family in their own beds and then claimed that the “voices” were responsible for the idea. The next residents moved in this house in 1975. They only lasted 28 days: The poor folks fled in horror because, as they said, the house was haunted by some paranormal dark forces (this might explain the property’s excellent condition).

Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker

If what you are picturing in your mind is the sinister mansion from the famous horror movie, then stop: That’s not it. The real Amityville house where all those gruesome killings took place is an ordinary colonial building. A laconic listing promises mint (excellent, that is) condition, which is more of a downside in that particular case. I mean, if you are looking into buying a house with the most violent history in the country, you’ll probably prefer to know that somebody got to use this house actively and lived to tell the tale.

Nonetheless, endless headlines, books and movies were produced and tourist horror-tours taken – and now the Amityville house, in all its spooky glory, has finally returned on the local real estate market. And, while buying and owning a haunted house might sound like a questionable idea with significant downside, it would no doubt be an interesting experience.

Moving to Amityville alone would forever change the way you meet new people and do small talk. “Where do you live?” “Amityville.” “THAT Amityville? Wow. Do tell…”

Now imagine what it would feel like – confessing to be a proud owner of that very same Amityville house at a networking event. There will be a lot of gasping and eye-rolling.

Photo courtesy of Coldwell Banker

All this spooky business aside though, what does it feel like to live in Amityville?

Well, on the “Quality of life” index, Amityville scores impressive 98 points (against NYC’s pathetic 29.) And here is what one of Amityville’s residents said about his town on one of online forums, “[Amityville is] a place where you can’t pee without the whole town finding out in an hour. The townies wear flip flops all year long, and beer pong is played, very competitively, on any surface available.”

That doesn’t sound so bad. If you manage to build enough of an inner peace not to be bothered by crowds of busybodies searching for the “scary house,” you could actually enjoy being a part of the local community.

As of the house itself, it’s not its gruesome past that should concern you, but its declining market value. A simple research reveals that the last time this property was sold in 2010 for $950,000, which means that its current owners are selling at a loss. So, if flipping the infamous horror house for a handsome profit is what’s on your mind, you might want to think twice. Chances are, you won’t make a killing.

Nathalie Nayman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nathalie Nayman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nathalie Nayman

Nathalie is an international media trooper. After working as a journalist in Moscow, Nathalie participated in local politics and social movements in Cairo where she covered the protests and political upheaval of the Arab Spring. Nathalie is Agorafy's content manager. She produces and oversees unique and creative content for the Newsroom.

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