While it has been a challenging few years for one of the original cast members on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” 2021 has apparently begun on a high note with the purchase of a sprawling new home in an exclusive neighborhood.
Teresa Giudice and her boyfriend, Luis Ruelas of Allendale, have reportedly bought a $3.35 million home in the Morris County town of Montville. TMZ first detailed the transaction, with the outlet reporting that Ruelas has plunked down the cash for the home where Giudice will likely act as the property manager.
The home, which is referred to as Clarence Manor, sits on over 5.6 acres of land and includes 7,728 square feet of indoor living space. Built in 2006, the mansion was modeled after Thomas Kinkade’s “Beyond Summer Gate” painting.
Entered through a private gated driveway, the interior of Clarence Manor includes seven bedrooms plus seven and a half baths. A fully finished lower level contains a home theater, exercise facility, and recreation room, while a full eat-in kitchen, library, office space, and formal living and dining rooms round out the first floor.
Several fireplaces and a massive spiral staircase are featured at the property, which sports a six-car detached garage and a pool that is decked out with waterfalls, a slide, and a cabana. Property taxes at the spacious home run a whopping $74,040 per year.
It is unclear if Giudice and Ruelas plan to live at the property or will try and flip it as an investment. The previous owner of the house first tried to sell it in November 2017, initially listing the home for $3.99 million.
Montville is also the location of Giudice’s mansion, which was used as a setting on the Bravo reality show for years. That 9,765-square-foot property is still on the market at $2.5 million and is co-owned by Joe Giudice, whom Teresa officially divorced last September.
The former couple, who were married for 20 years, was indicted by state officials in 2013 over various fraud allegations. The pair ended up being sentenced to prison just about two years later, with Joe Giudice later being deported to Italy.