Enduring disco icon Gloria Gaynor has her longtime home in Green Brook Township, N.J., on the leafy suburban outskirts of Newark, about an hour’s drive southwest out of Midtown Manhattan, on the market at a pinch under $1.25 million.
Globally renown for her 1970s anthemic booty shakers “I Will Survive” (1978) and “Never Can Say Goodbye” (1974), the now 70-something singer purchased the property in 1999 for $888,000, while married to her now former husband Linwood Simon, from prolific local architect Jeffrey Beer, who designed the home.
Gaynor has surfed the success of her Grammy-winning hit “I Will Survive” for four decades, and the song continues to resonate (and get added to Spotify playlists) among people off all ages and stripes. Indeed, the song has proved inspirational enough that you can’t swing a cat without running into a cover of the legendary song: Diana Ross Diana Rossed it, alt-rockers Cake gave it a quirky backbeat and Swedish dream pop vocal stylist Lykke Li released her own voluptuous and languidly forlorn version last year. Still, Gaynor has not just rested on her well-deserved 1970s laurels; Last year she took home her second Grammy, this time in the Best Roots Gospel Album category, for her 20th studio album, “Testimony.”
As it turns out, Gaynor has had the custom-built late-1980s contemporary mansion on and off the market for just over two years as a variety of prices as high as $1.495 million and as low as $1.175 million. The property is available through Lisa Poggi at Douglas Elliman.
Set on nearly an acre of park-like grounds along a leafy cul-de-sac where it’s tucked amid mature trees and sculpted plantings, the asymmetrically designed pale gray residence contains five bedrooms and four full and two half bathrooms in about 8,000 square feet spread over three floors.