After an extended nine-month escrow fell through, an unnamed “insider” told the New York Post that recently engaged veteran reality TV star Teresa Giudice is “desperate to unload” her extravagant Montville, N.J., mansion, which has just had its price slashed to bit under $2 million. The discounted new price is about a quarter million dollars less than the last ask of $2,488,888 and right about half the $3.999 million she wanted for the white elephant back in 2014.
Festooned with stone balustrades, turrets and a porte cochère big enough to drive an 18-wheeler through, there’s very little authentically Old World about the table-flipping OG “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star’s 10,000-square-foot family home, which sits on more than 3.75 leafy acres that back up to a busy highway and was custom built by Giudice and her now ex-husband, deported felon Joe Giudice, with a lavish cornucopia of features meant to impart an in-your-face image of conspicuous wealth.
There’s the long, gated and tree-lined driveway, the grandiose black-marble foyer with its double staircase lined with gilded wrought iron railings, the living room sized like a hotel ballroom, the 35-foot-long dining room with its glossy herringbone-pattern wood floors and glitzy pair of crystal chandeliers (not to mention a quartet of matching sconces), the two family rooms, one upstairs and another downstairs, and the giant, eat-in chef’s kitchen, probably the most featured space on “RHONJ.” There’s also a wine cellar in the four-car garage and, tucked into the back of the main floor with no windows, a small room with a large walk-in closet that previous listings called a study.
Now listed with Michelle Pais of Signature Realty —“RHONJ” watchers will recall Giudice’s brother Joe Gorga and his wife Melissa had some beef with Pais and her husband with on the most recent season, digital marketing materials now include a Matterport walk-about tour for an eye-poppingly immersive tour that reveals the unconventional and slightly awkward layout of the main floor (i.e. the double front doors are not aligned with the arch beneath the staircases), and the vast proportions of the second-floor master suite, as well as a peek into Giudice’s not particularly tidy closets and makeup-crammed bathroom.
Also upstairs is a paneled home office that overlooks the clean-lined swimming pool that Giudice hired her hunky ex-boyfriend to put in a couple of years ago, and there’s a detached structure with additional garage space and storage.
Giudice, who’s penned several New York Times bestselling cookbooks and two memoirs, raised her four children in the home so it’s filled with family memories, of course. But she’s newly engaged to New Jersey businessman Louie Ruelas and, hence, past ready to move on. Last year, the fit-as-fiddles middle-aged couple splashed out $3.35 million on a showy seven-bedroom mansion dubbed Clarence Manor. Interestingly enough, the secluded multi-acre estate is just a few doors down from the Montvale mansion Joe and Melissa Gorga sold late 2020 for $2.5 million. Acquired as an investment, according to the couple, the mansion has been extensively renovated and was all gussied up for the holidays.
Around the same time the PDA-prone pair acquired Clarence Manor, Ruelas made some real estate maneuvers of his own, buying a five-bedroom home in Allendale, N.J., for $780,000 and, later in the year, selling another five-bedroom Allendale home for $1.55 million. Perhaps some of his real estate good fortune will rub off on his fiancé.