Rosie O’Donnell Finally Sells Saddle River Mansion, Will be Demolished

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Rosie O'donnell Sold Saddle River Mansion Exterior
Rosie O’Donnell’s Saddle River mansion, on the market since 2015, finally sold and will be redeveloped. Photo courtesy NJ MLS.

A sprawling home owned by a Hollywood personality will at last be changing hands after spending over half a decade on the market, although the property is slated for redevelopment as a multi-family complex.


Back in 2013, actress and comedienne, Rosie O’Donnell purchased a six-bedroom mansion along Allendale Road in Saddle River for $6.375 million. Built in the style of an English country manor, the home spans over 9,000 square feet and is situated on about five acres of land accessed via a long private driveway.

Rosie O'donnell Sold Saddle River Mansion Aerial
Aerial view. Photo courtesy NJ MLS.

The listing of the home touts a large motor court, a turreted entry, and a foyer with a curved staircase. A first-floor kitchen featuring double islands opens to a glassed-in breakfast room, while the upstairs master suite features a sitting room, huge walk-in closet, and en suite bath.

Rosie O'donnell Sold Saddle River Mansion Entry
Curved staircase. Photo courtesy NJ MLS.
Rosie O'donnell Sold Saddle River Mansion Kitchen
Kitchen. Photo courtesy NJ MLS.
Rosie O'donnell Sold Saddle River Mansion Living Room
Living room. Photo courtesy NJ MLS.

The grounds surrounding the home sport a swimming pool complete with a grotto waterfall, a plunge pool, and a Jacuzzi spa. The compound additionally includes a basketball court, a three-car garage, a standalone artist studio, and a separate full-service guesthouse. A natural gas generator powers the entire estate.

Rosie O'donnell Sold Saddle River Mansion Pool
Swimming pool. Photo courtesy NJ MLS.

O’Donnell initially listed the home for $7 million in 2015 just two years after purchasing it but lowered the price to $6.495 million the following year. The asking amount was sliced even further in September 2018 to $6 million and O’Donnell recently agreed to part with the property for $5.3 million in a sale that was finalized on March 17.

The buyer, Saddle River Investors LLC, is an intervener in an ongoing affordable housing legal challenge brought against Saddle River by the Fair Share Housing Center. A Bergen County judge ruled in January last year that Saddle River needs to create over 244 units to fulfill their affordable housing obligations under state regulations, but the lack of developable land in the borough permitted a settlement to be reached that will see 112 affordable units built.

As part of the deal, O’Donnell’s Allendale Road mansion will be torn down and redeveloped into 52 market-rate residences in a complex that includes eight affordable housing units. Per Saddle River News, the Town Council voted 5-1 in favor of the settlement last February.

Saddle River is home to just over 3,000 residents and a variety of big names that include musician Mary J. Blige, author Mary Higgins Clark, music producer Russell Simmons, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. The borough notably lacks a sewer system, a rarity in Bergen County’s real estate market.

Rosie O’Donnell spent much of the last decade accumulating properties west of the Hudson River. She sold a home in South Nyack, New York, for $5.1 million back in 2018, a property that was part of a five-home stretch she owned in the Rockland County hamlet. She currently lives in a Midtown Manhattan triplex that she purchased in 2017 for $8 million.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Why can’t the mansion be subdivided into separate units instead of tear down? Additional units could be built on the acreage. Why is this going to landfill..?

  2. Really Really nice area sometimes you just need to take the loss while the next guy makes the profit can’t wait to ace my real estate test and enjoy the antics of real estate hopefully one day moving to full time I just think patients and timing would have allowed her a bigger profit, no doubt! Karen

  3. I truly wish the mansion could have been saved as well… Any such loss in this area is always unfortunate… I live in Hillsdale and have passed the estate many times. Building codes would have made conversion into separate apartments a challenge from a cold perspective I am sure.

    Even if it could have been converted into a senior citizen living facility would have been nice. Not thrilled about this lovely home being torn down for ghetto apartments. They will be an eyesore on Allendale Road. Apartments like that should have been shoved closer to the highway but I suppose that battle has been lost.

  4. With a Rosie legacy to the house the sale price should be discounted due to “bad will”… She’s no selling point!

  5. Ridiculous. Tear down and create waste for fun. Destroy the six acres with 52 residences? And apartments? That’s great for the environment!

  6. I am with you on this, Jay. Why couldn’t they pick a different locale? No sidewalks where it is, no access to commuter area, just going to be an eyesore in that spot. I’m not a fan of Every-Town-Must-Provide-AH.

  7. Affordable Housing is a must in every town. It’s the law! But to tear down a beautiful house just doesn’t make sense whatsoever. But land in this area limited and it was probably one of the last areas of that size.

  8. How is that fair to the surrounding homes and the town as a whole when people who pay millions to move there and now have 52 apartments as their neighbors? It is not racist to succeed and want to be near other successful people. Do you think that property values will not be affected? I could not afford to buy in Saddle River so I bought someplace else. If one day I am smart enough and work hard enough and can afford it, I would love to be there but to force this down the throats of residents is un-American, selfish and rewarding mediocrity.

  9. To demolish a solid, functional, and beautiful house like this is a reckless misuse of resources. Labor lost, material lost, disruption and destruction of animals and plants. Disgusting!

  10. The Hasidic Jewish community has purchased mostly every property in Rockland County. So if they purchased this property upper saddle river will change. Look at Spring Valley.

  11. Ever heard of Nice Dreams? A movie where Cheech and Chong wonder where old hippies could go. If I could have, I’d turn it into Laid Back Manor, man. ✌🏽😎
    Any cool people with the funds? I’ll help any way I can.

  12. But if you read the story closely, it says that the land is going to be converted to 52 “market-priced” homes and EIGHT affordable housing units. Far cry from the mandated 244, which was slashed to 122, and now it is EIGHT? So, don’t go thinking that this developer is making “ghetto apartments”, they are making EIGHT low income homes among the 46 “market-priced homes”. Just will be bumpered together, instead of sprawling on 5 acres.

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