Got $1.25 million? ‘Watcher’ home with creepy history back on market
WESTFIELD — Got a bit over $1 million? You could own a home with a ... storied past.
The owners of a home who received threatening letters from someone known only as "The Watcher" are putting the home back on the market.
The home at 657 Boulevard is being listed at $1,125,000. The current owners were told back in January they could not tear the home down despite wanting to break away from a history tainted by the mysterious letters. The owners, Derek and Maria Broaddus said at the time they were not comfortable moving into the home they had purchased for $1.4 million just two years earlier.
"Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested," one of the letters said, according to news reports at the time. "Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too (sic) me."
The town's planning board had considered a proposal to tear the home down and build two new homes on the lot. At the hearing, NJ.com reported at the time, resident Ron Bevan told the planning board that "everyone is united in opposing the plan." He told the board people believe the Broadduses "were just trying to make money."
The current owners also filed a lawsuit against the previous owners, saying they had not been warned about the person sending the letters over several years. At the time of the lawsuit the former owners said the Broadduses' stories were fictional and had sought to have the suit dismissed.
According to the listing for the home, the house has six bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms. It is described as a "stately colonial designed with all the character & charm of the early 1900's." Taxes for the home are more than $22,000.
Thrillist named the home New Jersey's Creepiest Urban Legend.
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