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Once owned by Russian spies, this house at 31 Marquette Road was sold last month for $340,000 cash to an investor who plans to flip it. DEBORAH ANN TRIPOLDI/STAFF

By LINDA MOSS
moss@montclairlocal.news

The home that was once owned by Russian spies, whose arrest in 2010 shocked Montclair, has finally been sold after being on the block for years.

The two-story colonial at 31 Marquette Road, which is in rundown shape, was purchased for $340,000 cash in June, far below its list price of $433,900, according to Garden State MLS.

CNN.com first reported the sale on Wednesday.

The house came to notoriety in June 2010 when the FBI arrested the couple, Richard and Cynthia Murphy, who lived there with their two children. As it turned out, the husband’s and wife’s real names were Vladimir and Lydia Guryev, and they were arrested as part of a federal round up of Russian spies that included eight other suspects.

The eyebrow-raising news about the Russians embedded in suburban Montclair is said to have inspired the award-winning FX show “The Americans.”

The house was purchased by an investor who plans to renovate the property and then resell it, said one of the brokers involved in the sale, Renee Daniels of Keller Williams Village Square. The buyer, according to township records, is North N.J. House Buyers, a company owned by Jeremy MacDonald.

The two-story house’s listing says it was built around 1950, and that the seller was Santander Bank N.A.. which had foreclosed on the property. Its 2015 assessment was $437,700, with $15,433 in local property taxes.

The house was described as a “charming colonial” with “gleaming hardwood floors, generous-sized rooms” and a “private backyard.”

The listing agent on the sale, David Quinones of Coldwell Banker Garden State, couldn’t be reached for comment.

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