The white two-story, 10-room colonial-style Toms River home with its well-manicured lawn isn't just another beautiful house for sale in the neighborhood. This home, situated at 18 Brooks Road was used to film the 1979 movie, “The Amityville Horror.”
Potential buyers concerned with stories of paranormal activity should fear not. Homeowner Odalys Fragoso, and her West New York Pediatrician husband, Jose say their beautiful home is not haunted, the Associated Press reported.
Filmmakers originally wanted to use a home in Amityville, but settled on the Fragoso's home, 60 miles away. They paid the then owners $15,000 and remolded the home, built over 80 years ago, to resemble the 112 Ocean Avenue home in Amityville. The first three “Amityville” flicks were filmed in Toms River. Following the 1981 filming, the house was moved from the corner of Brooks Road and Dock Street and settled directly onto Brooks Road. A new home was built on Dock, the Detroit Free Press reported.
All of Toms River was featured in “The Amityville Horror,” with several scenes shot at the Town Hall, the Community Medical Center and local newspaper, The Daily Planet. Producers pumped approximately $250,000 into the local economy and cast local residents and their dogs as extras. In March 1979, eight-hundred locals attended the screening of “The Amityville Horror,” the first in what became a franchise of movies
The Brooks Avenue home, which has seen its fair share of tourists, has been completely remodeled in an effort to detract curious gawkers, just as the owners of 112 Ocean Avenue had to do with their home following the success of the movies. The outdoor scenes for “Amityville II: The Possession” and “Amityville 3-D,” were both shot in Toms River, but interior shots were taken in a Mexican hacienda. The 2005 remake was filmed in Illinois and Wisconsin, using a house in Salem, Wisconsin as the 112, now known as 108 Ocean Avenue home, according to Wikipedia.com.
As for Carolina and David D'Antonio, the new owners of the five bedroom, 3.5-bath waterfront Dutch Colonial style home at 108 Ocean Avenue, they love their home and said with the exception of a few on-lookers every so often, all is well. The couple purchased the home in 2010 for $950,000, Newsday.com reported. The Fragoso's are asking $1.35 million for their Toms River "Amityville" home.