From the Record:
Marquette Road is a quiet, sleepy block in the northern part of Montclair near the town’s border with Clifton. The kind of block where Russian spies could live without much notice.
Now, a home on the street, infamous for its former owners, will be getting a makeover.
A company that buys and “flips” homes has purchased the house at 31 Marquette Rd. and intends to renovate it before it goes back on the market.
The home’s former occupants were arrested in 2010 by the FBI, as part of a Russian spy ring that authorities said had operated for years in the U.S.
The case reportedly inspired the FX TV spy drama, “The Americans.”
The couple accused of bring Russian spies, who went by the aliases of Richard and Cynthia Murphy, purchased the home in 2008 for $481,000, according to tax records. Records show the home was bought for $100 by a mortgage association in 2015 and then a bank acquired it for $1 the following year, before being bought by North N.J. House Buyers in May.
Sandy Sorkin, a regular at Township Council meetings, has lived on the block since 1978. Sorkin said he was happy to see the house under new ownership.
“It would be nice to see it occupied, be nice to see something there. It would nice to have it back on the tax rolls,” Sorkin said. “This is a very nice neighborhood, lots of nice people, and I’m sure another nice family will move in there.”