WESTFIELD, NJ — The current owners of the notorious “Watcher House” at 657 Boulevard are considering an appeal after Superior Court Judge Camille M. Kenny dismissed the civil lawsuit against the former owners on Wednesday, according to the family’s attorney, Lee Levitt.
In a statement provided by the Broaddus family to their attorney, they maintain that, in their efforts to re-sell the home, they have been honest about the history of the property.
“The Broaddus family took a brave and truthful stand as they would not sell this house without full disclosure. The Broadduses continue to believe it’s critical for all New Jersey home-buyers to know the truth about the houses they purchase,” Levitt said.
Soon after purchasing the $1.35M Dutch Colonial home in June of 2014 and before officially moving into the property with their young children, the Broaddus family received a disturbing letter signed “The Watcher.” The letter included claims of ownership of the property and a family history of stalking the home, often referring to the new owners' children as “young bloods.”
The Broaddus family was suing the people who sold it to them because they say the sellers failed to disclose that they had also received a “Watcher” letter just before selling the home. According to court documents, former owner Andrea Woods said she remembered receiving a letter signed “The Watcher,” which she described as “odd” and “unusual,” but that she threw it away.
According to NJ.com, Judge Kenny dismissed the case claiming that there was not enough evidence to suggest that the Woods intentionally hid a letter they received from “The Watcher.” The Judge also suggested that requiring the previous homeowners to disclose this information would require long-time home owners to disclose one-time issues with a neighbor. “We’d be putting uncertainty in real estate law,” she said in a quote on NJ.com.
The six bedroom, four bath home is recently went back on the market for an asking price of $1.125 million dollars.