A home in the Oak Knoll section of Mendham that was owned for years by New Jersey’s own Whitney Houston has hit the market for the first time in over a decade.
Late last month, the current owners of a large range-style home previously owned by the legendary artist listed the property for $1.6 million. The house, built in 1973 and set on five acres, was purchased as a guest home by Houston in 1993 for $537,000.
Houston eventually sold the home in 2010 for $940,000 and a major remodel was undertaken the following year. But one detail of the home that remained mostly untouched during the work was a personalized built-in recording studio that Houston often utilized that has been transformed into a media room, gym, and office that includes tributes to the star.
Spanning three bedrooms and four bathrooms plus a two-car garage, Houston’s former abode sports a gourmet eat-in kitchen plus formal dining and living room spaces. The primary bedroom, dressing room/walk-in closet, and bathroom were also renovated in 2016.
Other features of the home include a great room with a stunning cedar ceiling that opens to the back yard, which boasts a hot tub and tennis court. Taxes on the home are a relatively reasonable $20,208/year considering the property’s asking price. Liane Dobson with Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty is the agent of record on the listing.
Whitney Houston, who was born in Newark and raised in nearby East Orange, rocketed to musical fame in the 1980s with hits like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” “I Will Always Love You,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Have Nothing,” She sold over 200 million albums worldwide during her long career and remains one of the highest selling recording artists of all time.
Houston also starred in several notable films such as “The Bodyguard” and “Waiting to Exhale” before tragically passing away at age 48 in 2012. The entertainer was discovered inside the Beverly Hilton Hotel submerged in a bathtub, with her death being ruled an accidental drowning.