‘Real Housewives’ Star Teresa Giudice Lists Custom NJ Mansion for $2.5M


A mansion with a starring role is now on the market.

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice is selling her custom-built Montville Township, NJ, home for just under $2.5 million, the New York Post reported.

With her marriage to Joe Giudice over, the reality TV star is also moving on from their shared home.

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The spread covers almost 10,000 square feet and sits on roughly 4 acres.

The massive mansion was completed in 2008. From the front entrance, with its black marble floors, and a double staircase with swirling railing designs, it’s evident that the luxury abode is an opulent and ornate showpiece.

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Upstairs

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Inside the walls of the 16-room house, plenty of drama has gone down.

Giudice has been a part of the “RHONJ” cast since the first season debuted in May 2009.

She is known for her hot temper, and is most notorious for flipping over a table at a restaurant during an argument on the first season of the show.

Teresa and Joe raised their four daughters in this house.

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Both Joe and Teresa spent time away from their home, and behind bars, after pleading guilty to fraud in March 2014. Teresa served 11 months of a 15-month sentence and was released in December 2015.

Joe served his prison term after Teresa, and got out in March 2019. Because Joe is not an American citizen, he was deported to Italy, where he’s now living.

After 20 years of marriage, the couple separated, and their divorce was finalized earlier this month.

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The couple bought the land for the house in 2001 for $530,000 and began building their dream house.

After driving through the private gate, the home stands out with its red roof and red gravel driveway with a huge planter. An attached three-car garage plus a detached two-car garage allow room for five cars.

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Kitchen dining area

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Inside, there’s plenty of room, with a huge two-story great room, a large dining room, and an eat-in kitchen that was the backdrop of numerous scenes of “RHONJ.”

Granite counters, stainless-steel appliances, and carved wood cabinets are standout details. Many a “Housewives” scene unfurled in the kitchen, where Teresa and other family members cooked up Italian feasts while also dishing.

Near the kitchen are a private wine cellar and butler’s pantry.

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The home has six bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. Four of the bedrooms, including the master, are on the second floor.

The master bedroom is enormous, measuring 36 by 22 feet, and includes a fireplace. Both the hardwood floors and high ceilings have decorative details.

The master bathroom is gilded with gold with and includes double sinks, a vanity, shower, and columned soaking tub. There are three walk-in closets and a dressing area.

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Game room

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On the lower level of the house, an office, game room, and den can access the outdoor space, including a new pool.

Teresa hired a former boyfriend to build the pool, which was completed last year. During one episode of the show, Teresa said her family had been wanting a pool for many years, but that she couldn’t afford one because she was paying restitution.

Finally finished, the pool is outfitted with six fountains for a cool spray, and a shallow end for lounge chairs. Teresa has been posting to her Instagram feed from the pool all summer.

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The pool was just one of the recent updates to the property. Interior designer Jimmy DeLaurentis posted to his Instagram feed that he had helped make over the home to bring in light.

The listing agent is Michelle Pais, who owns Signature Realty NJ. Page Six reports she will appear on the next season of “RHONJ,” possibly as a new housewife.



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Film Legend Doris Day’s Carmel House Lists for $7.4M


The actress and singer Doris Day, star of “The Doris Day Show” from 1968 to 1973, was known for being an activist for animal welfare. The sunny star, who memorably sang “Que Sera Sera” in the Alfred Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” died last year at the age of 97.

Now, her longtime home is on the market for $7.4 million, and is listed with Doug and Lisa Steiny of Sotheby’s International Realty Carmel Rancho Brokerage. This is the first time it has been sold since it was built in 1960.

The estate in Carmel, CA, includes a three-bedroom, two-story house of 8,382 square feet; a 1,236-square-foot guesthouse; and two caretaker apartments in the bright red gatehouse.

Three “lofts” totaling 909 square feet provide additional space for either guests or extended family members to spread out in comfort.

Fun fact: The property includes a spiral staircase that was featured in Day’s show.

Signs of Day’s love of animals are everywhere. The spread also features a large dog-care area, including a canine-friendly kitchen and a dedicated 100-square-foot space for her cats.

Doris Day's longtime home
Doris Day’s longtime home

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Fountain
Fountain

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Golf course view
Golf course view

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Living space
Living space

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Fireplace
Fireplace

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Kitchen
Kitchen

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Bedroom
Bedroom

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Red gatehouse
Red gatehouse

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On 8.62 acres, the property’s structures—although built during the 1960s—have been well maintained, and their interiors are awash in light and bright hues and crisp white.

“Everything exudes her lovely demeanor—light, bright and sunny,” says Doug Steiny, “down to the color choice of buttercup yellow.”

The animal-friendly elements are pure Doris. That “dog kitchen [is] pretty unique,” says Lisa Steiny.

Lofted ceilings in many of the rooms coax in natural sunlight. Exposed brick and stone, such as a towering fireplace in the master bedroom and another crafted from Carmel stone in the living room, carve out cozy nooks.

Golf lovers will be enticed by the view of the Quail Lodge and Golf Course. The main house also has two offices, ideal for remote learning or working during the pandemic, plus a library.

The grounds include multiple patios and decks, gardens, and numerous walkways where the animal lover walked her dogs,.

The secluded property is secured with fencing, a gatehouse and gatekeeper. Large live oak trees and beautiful shrubbery fill the grounds. Day, who reportedly loved to garden, surrounded the home with flowers, manicured lawns, and gardens.

Carmel is a town of 3,859 residents and hugs the Pacific Ocean 75 miles south of San Jose. Selling points for the local market, say the Steinys, are its “natural beauty, local charm, sophistication, the arts, and a culinary presence.”

According to the Steinys, all proceeds from the sale will go to the Doris Day Animal Foundation, which Day founded in 1978.

What kind of buyer are the Steinys targeting? Now that many people are looking for an expansive property because of the pandemic, a wide spectrum of potential buyers are out there, they say, noting the property’s size and its “many living options.”

Of course, a buyer with pets would feel right at home in the manicured gardens and courtyards, or under the shade of towering oak trees.

Day had a successful singing career and was one of the biggest film stars in the 1950s and 1960s. She’s known for “Pillow Talk” and several other films with Rock Hudson, “Calamity Jane,” and the aforementioned “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” with James Stewart. 



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Is Dr. Phil’s Mansion the Stuff of Nightmares?


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“The idea is kind of Tim Burton threw up on a canvas, and it turned into a house.”

Believe it or not, that’s the concept behind the Beverly Hills, CA, mansion owned by TV personality Dr. Phil and occupied by his son Jordan McGraw. The internet went bonkers when the five-bedroom, 6,170-square-foot estate bounced onto the market on the final day of 2019, featuring some interesting decor choices. We take a peek inside and discuss who on Earth would want to buy this place. (Spoiler alert: Someone already has!)

Other topics we cover:

  • The rise in “grandmillennial” decor. Is this simply OG hipster style or should we all be raiding Nana’s house?
  • You might think you’re saving energy (and money) by doing these things, but you’d be wrong! We cover common energy-saving myths that could be costing you.
  • And this week’s celebrity real estate winner is a power couple used to moving fast to win, while our loser just might need to reboot his listing after a nearly 50% price cut.

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Stories we discussed on ‘House Party’ this week:

What Is ‘Grandmillennial’ Style? Millennials Meet Granny Chic

Dr. Phil Lists Bonkers Beverly Hills Mansion for $5.75M

6 Energy-Saving Myths You Need to Stop Believing Right Now

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Race Car Phenom Danica Patrick Zoom Into a Malibu Mansion

Former Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy Slashes Price on Silicon Valley Mansion



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