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Where was The Watcher filmed? House location explored

October 13, 2022

Netflix has a penchant for bringing true crime stories to our screens, whether through puzzling docuseries or chilling dramas like the recent Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

The streamer’s latest effort, The Watcher, is another story that will likely give you goosebumps as it tells the true story of a couple who moved into their dream house only to have things turn into a nightmare. when they started receiving a series of threatening letters from an anonymous ‘Observer’.

As the couple’s home is firmly at the center of this story, the show’s creators had to find a home that brought the right qualities to the table but where exactly was The Watcher filmed and where is the home that they used to film?


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The Watcher: release date and plot preview

The Watcher crawled onto Netflix on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

Inspired by true events and based on the article The Cut by Reeves Wiedeman, the series tells the story of Dean and Nora Brannock (based on the real Derek and Marie Broaddus) who have just bought their dream house in the suburbs idyllic Westfield, New Jersey.

Soon after moving in, however, the Brannocks quickly begin to realize that the quiet neighborhood may not be as welcoming as they first thought, as their eccentric and nosy neighbors try their best to make them feel like strangers.

Things take an alarming turn when they begin to receive disturbing letters from an anonymous individual calling themselves “The Watcher” and the family begins to fear for their safety.

Naomi Watts as Nora Brannock, Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in The Watcher episode 106The Observer © Netflix

Where was The Watcher filmed?

The Watcher was filmed in locations across New York State, primarily in Westchester County.

Filming for the project began in September 2021 and lasted several months before wrapping in March 2022.

The central location of The Watcher is obviously the house where the Brannocks recently made their home.

Unsurprisingly, the crew didn’t use the real deal house while filming, but rather the lavish property at 1 Warriston Lane in Rye, New York, about 25 miles northeast of Manhattan.

The crew only used Rye’s house for exterior filming while the interior scenes were set in studio sets.

In the series, it is stated that the house was built in 1921, but in reality, the property used to film was not built until 2016 by Connecticut architectural firm Douglas VanderHorn. In 2020, the house sold for a whopping $1.93 million, but is now estimated to be worth around $6.25 million according to Trulia.

According to FictionHorizon, the home, which sits on 1.25 acres of land, has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a home theater, indoor basketball court, gym and chef’s kitchen.

Besides the central location of the house, McCarren Park in Brooklyn and The Tides Motor Inn on Bayville Road in Locust Valley have also hosted filming.

Bobby Cannavale as Dean Brannock in The Watcher Episode 101The Observer © Netflix | Eric Liebowitz

Where is the real house and what happened to it?

The home in Watcher’s real case is located at 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey.

Built in 1905, the property is the largest house on its block and also features six bedrooms like its on-screen counterpart. Although with only four bathrooms and only half an acre of surrounding land, it’s not quite as big as the house seen in the Netflix series.

The real Broaddus family bought the infamous home for $1.3 million in 2014 and set about renovating the interior of the property, which was one of the topics discussed in Watcher’s letters.

Less than a year after buying the house, the Broadduses tried to put the property back on the market – which they did again in 2016 – but in both cases all potential buyers were put off when we showed them the letters.

Derek and Marie explored a number of options to help them sell the house, including potentially selling it to a developer who would demolish the old house in favor of building two smaller properties on the land. However, this plan was rejected by a local town planning board which included a number of the Broadduses’ neighbours.

Eventually, the couple managed to sell 657 Boulevard in 2019 for $959,000, nearly $400,000 less than they originally paid for the property.

The house in The WatcherThe Observer © Netflix

The Watcher is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

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