Bethesda home of ‘Exorcist’ author on a marketplace for $3.2M

WASHINGTON — It was a terrifying novel about a hexed 12-year-old lady in Georgetown that done William Peter Blatty famous.

Now, a Bethesda manse where a late “Exorcist” author and mother Julie Alicia Blatty done their home for a past 16 years — and that might only be home to a accessible suggestion — is on a marketplace for $3.2 million.

The home during 7018 Longwood Dr. in a Burning Tree area of Bethesda, boasts 6 bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms, dual half-baths and a horde of oppulance amenities and finishes fit for a famous author and Oscar winner. (William Blatty, who died in Jan during 89 mixed myeloma, won a Academy Award for best blending screenplay of a 1973 film instrumentation of “The Exorcist.”)

Blatty had long-standing ties to a area, carrying warranted a bachelor’s grade in English from Georgetown University in a 1950s.

But before relocating to Bethesda, a Blattys had been vital on a West Coast — in Mendocito, California.

The home was beautiful, though not utterly their character during first, Julie Blatty told WTOP.

“We lived a most some-more casual, California life style,” she said. “Although a home is really thespian and could be lived in a really grave way, we chose to put a favorite color, that was kind of a terra cotta, on a walls and to try to make it homy and reduction formal, with a use of color.”

The Georgian Colonial, built in 1988 by Rockville-based residential and blurb pattern organisation Jeffco, facilities a two-story corridor with an majestic staircase, embassy-sized dining room and cherry-paneled study, according to a leaflet supposing to WTOP by Kara Sheehan, with Washington Fine Properties, the inventory agent for a home.

The home’s reduce turn also facilities an indoor pool with electric cover, sauna, sauna and museum room.

The Washington Post first reported a listing.

Did a home ever yield any impulse for a master of horror? Any bizarre goings-on or anything that went strike in a night?

Well, yes, actually, Julie Blatty said.

“That kind of followed us wherever we went,” she said.

The couple’s 19-year-old son, Peter, died while a integrate was vital in a home, “and Peter done his participation really felt,” Julie Blatty said. In fact, William Blatty finished adult essay about their practice in a discourse “Finding Peter: A True Story of a Hand of Providence and Evidence of Life after Death.”

“He mentions some of a things that happened in a house,” Julie Blatty said. “[It was] zero frightful or scary, only engaging phenomena that led us to trust only since of an accumulation of incidents that it was only a gratuitous hold of a son, Peter, vouchsafing us know he was still with us and was happy.”


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