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Toms River's 'Amityville Horror' House Up for Sale

$1.35 million price tag for waterfront property

It’s $1.35 million for a piece of movie history: a house.

You know: “It’s the kind of house they don’t build anymore…When there was still time for a little charm and elegance.”

So goes the movie trailer for the 1979 horror movie classic “The Amityville Horror.” The house the movie was filmed in, on 18 Brooks Road in Toms River, is up for sale.

If you are familiar with the movie, which stars Margot Kidder and James Brolin, the film opens with a happy young family falling in love with a house that turns out to be horribly haunted.

Built in 1920, according to the real estate listing, the house has dropped in price from $1.4 million for the waterfront property. Many of the telltale signs of the filmed house, however, were modified over the years. The pie-shaped windows that menacingly flanked the brick chimney are now square windows.

Although the Multiple Listing Service entry for the home is quick to point out the number of bathrooms (three full, two half) and bedrooms (four), it doesn’t mention the house is a central character in a classic horror film.

Some of the other selling points, according to the MLS entry:

“Enjoy riverfront living on almost half an acre in this stately colonial boasting an air of Victorian charm. The paver driveway welcomes you to this 4 bedroom, 3 full & 2 half bath home with a 2 car detached garage, porcelain foyer, exquisite center island kitchen featuring dark wood cabinetry & complimented by granite countertops, elegant formal dining room and living room boasting beautiful crown mouldings, Venetian faux painting, gleaming hardwood floors.”

The listing goes on to say,  “This Is A Must See Home. Simply Charming.”

The fireplace that also played a prominent role in the movie is spiffed up to a crisp white. If you’re hoping to chop wood and sharpen your axe suspensefully in the yard as Brolin’s character did, you’ll instead have to pick a spot on the paver driveway or landscaped deck. In fact, according to the Internet Movie Database, many of the outdoors scenes were not shot at the house. The house isn’t even in the location it was filmed at, having moved from Dock Street, and many of the architectural elements and other house elements seen in the movie are now gone after years of renovation.

For example, if potential home buyers and movie buffs were hoping to fall down the steps into a very scary basement — you won’t be able to do that either. There’s a home theater and a wet bar down there, according to the real estate listing. Not very scary at all.

The property, which sits on the Toms River, is also easily spotted while taking a tour on the River Lady paddle boat.

To view the listing, check out its entry on Trulia.

Dan Toth July 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM
I loved that book, written by Jay Anson, as well as the location of the "film house". The home it was based on was in, of course, Amityville, Long Island.
Concerned Brick Citizen July 27, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Movie or not... local realtors will all say the price to way to expensive or the neighborhood is not worth the value. Then they double or triple team you in to dropping the price. Sentimental value does not mean anthing in todays market. Sad to say, local realtors don't know how to market and sell a house properly. Anyone who is trying to sell a home knows this.
DeepSigh July 27, 2011 at 06:38 PM
Not in the same location? Windows replaced? Basement finished? Chimney painted? The only thing left on this house that's scary is the price.
Sean Conneamhe July 28, 2011 at 09:55 AM
In 1978, when the movie was being filmed, James Brolin, Margot Kidder, and other cast and crew stayed at the Holiday Inn on Route 37.
disgusted homeowner July 29, 2011 at 11:58 AM
gOnna be a tough sell in a stagnant ocean county real estate market. Lucky if they get offers for HALF of what they are asking.......
dorym July 30, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Didn't they move that house, build a new one in front of it and sell the place when the movie wrapped?
linda bates May 02, 2013 at 12:46 AM
amityville house / lucky buy a house place to move in from movies and cast and crew stated at holiday inn on route 37 do have windows and scary price.

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