SELLER: Rosie O’Donnell
LOCATION: Saddle River, N.J.
PRICE: $6.975 million
SIZE: 5,167 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 7 full and 2 half bathrooms
YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: It’s been a rough year for veteran showbizzer Rosie O’Donnell. The fearlessly outspoken and sometimes abrasive comedian-actress-television personality split with Michelle Rounds, her wife of less than three years, and last fall she rejoined but quickly quit the daytime chat fest “The View” in a blaze of publicity. Now comes word via the property gossips at Realtor.com that she’s hoisted her multi-acre estate in the affluent community of Saddle River, N.J., up for sale with an asking price of $6.975 million. Miz O’Donnell purchased the property less than two years ago, in October 2013, for $6.375 million.
The five-plus acre spread, about 30 miles north and slightly west of Midtown Manhattan, is anchored by a turreted, 5,167-square foot, slate roofed, stucco-sided, stone accented and faux-timbered residence that listing descriptions somewhat charitably describe as an “English Country Estate.” Current listing details show there are a total of six bedroom and seven full and two half bathrooms, and our thoroughly unscientific research suggests those figures parse to five bedrooms, five full and two half bathrooms — along with at least five fireplaces and an elevator — in the main house and another bedroom, two more bathrooms, a full kitchen, and laundry facilities in the self-contained guesthouse/pool house. The gated grounds, ringed and dotted with mature specimen trees, include extensive lawns, manicured gardens, a vast bluestone patio that wraps around two long sides of the house and a grotto-style swimming pool with waterfall, separate plunge/kiddie pool and spa. There’s a sizable circular motor court at the front of the residence, an even larger, blacktopped rear motor court with half-court basketball court and garage parking for three cars plus another two garage bays converted to an art studio.
The last few years have not only been a personal and professional merry-go-round for the single mother of five but Miz O’Donnell’s property portfolio of posh private homes has also been in a near constant state of flux. In June 2013 the heart attack survivor sold off her longtime waterfront compound on Miami Beach’s aptly named Star Island for $16.5 million; in December 2013 she parted with a four bedroom and three bathroom terraced duplex penthouse in New York City’s Greenwich Village for $9 million that she’d acquired not quite two years earlier for $8.095 million; And, in April she took in $5.3 million for a gulf-front spread south of Sarasota, Fla., that she’d scooped not even 18 months earlier for $5 million. Last summer, some of the children may recall, she listed four of the five homes that comprise her five residence Hudson River front compound in Nyack, N.Y., for a total of $6.15 million, but all four of the properties were taken off the open market earlier this year. In case any of y’all are curious, she bought the compound for a total of $8.605 million in five separate transactions between May 2001 and January 2008.
Listing photos: Brookhollow Realty