Netflix’s The Watcher tells the true story of the family that endured months of psychological torture at the hands of a stalker only identified as the Watcher. In the Ryan Murphy series, the family starts receiving letters from the Watcher shortly after moving in.
The real-life family that inspired the film wasn’t so lucky – they were so terrified of the Watcher’s letters that they never moved in, despite spending a fortune on the property and renovations.
It took several years before a couple decided to purchase the house. Spoiler: The showrunners didn’t film at the real Watcher house.
A house in Rye, New York, served as the family’s residence
The house on 1 Warriston Lane in Rye, New York, was The Watchers’ primary filming location. It represented 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey, where the family terrorized by the real Watcher lived.
1 Warriston Lane is significantly larger than 657 Boulevard, covering 10,166 square feet compared to the 3,869 square feet of the Jersey residence. It has several amenities, including seven bathrooms, a gym, an indoor basketball court, a movie theater, and a pool.
House Beautiful reports that the owners of the New York residence bought it for $1.93 million in August 2020. According to Zillow, the property’s value has exploded – its estimated price is $6.28 million.
The production team filmed exterior scenes at the house and interior scenes in a studio.
The showrunners filmed at other locations in Westchester County, New York
Ryan Murphy and his production crew filmed most of the series in Westchester County, New York. The Coveleigh Club, a tennis club in Rye, New York, hosted the episode one conversation between Nora Brannock and Karen Calhoun.
According to CT Insider, filming also occurred in a neighborhood in Mamaroneck, New York. Furthermore, the team filmed at a bridal shop and Tuckahoe police station in Yonkers.