This bucolic Montclair home was once the residence of Richard and Cynthia Murphy and their two children. But since it was discovered that the Murphys were actually a pair of Russian spies named Vladimir and Lydia Guryev and the two were swiftly apprehended by the U.S. Justice Department, the house has sat empty. And the neighbors are complaining.
According to a recent story in the New York Daily News, the house on Marquette Road has become an eyesore. In the nearly three years since the Guryevs were arrested, the house has been unoccupied, rundown and strewn with leaves.
“A downspout is gone from one side of the house, and a shaky woodpile rots on the other,” reported the newspaper. “Unraked leaves are piled against the padlocked garage door, and the welcome mat rests in a flower bed.”
The court documents telling potential visitors that they aren’t allowed inside, still remain taped to the front door in wide strips of blue adhesive.
But that could change soon. A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service told the Daily News that they will soon be listing the 4-bedroom colonial for sale.
How would you market the home of former Russian spies? According to one Montclair realtor we spoke to, “I wouldn’t use it as a selling point.” She added that, if asked, a realtor would have to disclose what she knows. Regardless, she said, the home’s unusual past “won’t affect the value of the house, positively or negatively.”