WESTFIELD, NJ — It was quite the price cut for the “Westfield Watcher House.”
The former owners of the Dutch Colonial home at 657 Boulevard have sold their home for $959,000, the deed filed with the Union County Clerk’s Office shows. The Broadduses had purchased the home for $1.35 million in 2014, records show. In 2017, the couple listed the home for $1.125 million. They closed on the home July 2, the deed shows.
Bloomberg reported the sale on Thursday, noting that Westfield had been identified as the 99th richest town in the U.S. with an idyllic downtown and “grand older homes.”
The property of just less than half-an-acre at 657 Boulevard is assessed $1.045 million, following a major adjustment of the town’s property values in 2018, tax records show. Prior to the revaluation, the home had been assessed at $244,100.
The Broadduses became the subject of widespread media attention when they received eerie and threatening letters signed “The Watcher” then in 2015 sued the prior owners of the home for not disclosing that letters had previously been sent to the residence.
New York Magazine told the Broaddus’ story in extensive detail in a 2018 article that likened Westfield to the fictional town of Mayberry, the setting for the “Andy Griffith Show.” Following that article, Netflix won the rights to tell the Broaddus’ story on film, Deadline.com then reported.
TAPinto’s efforts to reach the Broadduses and their attorney were not successful as of this writing.
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