The New Jersey “Watcher” House Finally Sold—at a Loss of $500,000

The Broaddus family has been living a real-life horror movie for the past five years.

657 Boulevard, Westfield, New Jersey - "The Watcher House" Sold
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  • A six-bedroom house in Westfield, New Jersey reportedly stalked by "The Watcher" has finally sold, but for $500,000 less than its original $1.4 million price tag.
  • Derek and Maria Broaddus began receiving threatening letters from an anonymous harasser called "The Watcher," ultimately stopping the family from moving in.
  • In December 2018, Netflix won a bidding war for the film rights of The Watcher.

    Five years ago, Derek and Maria Broaddus bought their dream home for nearly $1.4 million, but their excitement quickly turned to terror when they started receiving threatening letters from “The Watcher.” The anonymous harasser claimed that the six-bedroom home in Westfield, New Jersey had belonged to his family for decades, and although he didn’t live in it anymore, he had been put in charge to watch over it, “waiting for its second coming.”

    The Broadduses were so spooked that they never actually moved into the house and one year after purchasing it, they sued the previous owners, claiming that they knew about “The Watcher” but didn’t address the situation. Most unsettling of all was the focus on the couple’s young children. One letter read: “I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me."

    Although there was an “exhaustive investigation” by the local police and the private investigators hired by the family, no one was ever identified. After their lawsuit was thrown out and neighbors denied their request to tear down the structure, the homeowners can finally breathe a little easier having finally sold the house—but for $500,000 less than they originally paid for it.

    In December 2018, Netflix won a bidding war against Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount, Amazon, and Fox for the film rights to The Watcher, according to Deadline. The story was first brought to light by The Cut in a November 2018 article, which Netflix also owns as part of the bid package.

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