Mary J. Blige would really like you to take this $13M New Jersey home off her hands (PHOTOS)
Got $13 million laying around? Mary J. Blige would like to make a deal with you.
The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has tried to sell her home at 119 East Saddle River Road in Saddle River before. In 2011, she put it on the market for just shy of $14 million, before dropping it down to $12.5 million and then taking it off the market. It's been back since October at $13 million — in relative terms, only a modest profit over the $12.3 million she paid for it as new construction in 2008.
A recent feature by The Record highlighted the home as an example of the type hard to sell — luxurious and interesting, but costly. Anyone able of paying the price is going to wait for his or her perfect home.
The home — 26 rooms and 18,000 square feet — was built on speculation during the housing boom, according to the report. The Record said when the home was put on the market at $13.9 million in 2007, it was one of the most expensive speculative homes in the state.
Westwood architect Robert Zampolin, who designed the home, told the Record he aimed for a "country French aesthetic." Rooms are set off with architectual details such as columns to keep its expansive spaces from feeling overwhelming.
According to the home's listing on Zillow, it features eight bedrooms and 13 baths.
"This exquisite estate features a high-end chefs kitchen with viking range, subzero fridge and freezer, two islands, custom cabinetry, sun room and attached great room," the listing reads. "The sprawling open floor plan includes two dinning rooms, three fireplaces, living rooms, library, wine cellar, private screening room, indoor basketball court, sauna, steam room, gym, expansive master suite with his & her baths, closets and espresso station."
All three levels can be reached via grand staircases or private elevators. There's a pool and pool house as well.
So ... not your typical starter home.
If you've got $13 million to spare, you probably won't struggle too much with the nearly $98,000 in yearly taxes that come along with the home. Just keep those hits coming. Forever.