New York, you are about to get a very rich neighbor. Here is a $16.5 million mega-mansion in Montclair, NJ with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, a tunnel, theater, pool, hot tub, and its very own website.
Forget the Las Vegas suburbs: This thing is a one-property housing boom. 32 Club Way is under construction in Monctlair, about 17 miles outside of New York. It boasts 24 rooms, 12,000 square feet, a 6-car garage and 50x25 foot "infinity edge" pool and an estimated $450,000 in property taxes. Here's how the house is described on the special website realtors created to promote it:
Privately situated on five acres atop the first ridge of the Watchung Mountain range, this elaborate residence takes in fantastic Manhattan skyline views that reach for miles. Breathtaking vistas stretch from the George Washington Bridge to the north, to Midtown's skyscrapers, the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and southward to Newark Liberty Airport and the Elizabeth Seaport The 24-room residence's elevated position provides spectacular overlooks from nearly every room in the main home, as well as the glamorous resort-style cabana which will be situated on the huge lawn. Memorable outdoor entertaining can take place in a dramatic 50-by-25-foot infinity edge pool with an attached hot tub to accommodate up to 12 people. The pool will be accented by two large gas-burning fire bowls and various water fountains.
Then there is a home theater with a "lobby and food service/snack bar" and an observatory and "sunken family room" with two fireplaces each. Oh, and the pool sounds nice:
An amenity–filled cabana building near the swimming pool will include a guest suite with a kitchenette, bedroom, sitting room and double-sided fireplace. The lower level of the cabana will have additional food preparation and laundry spaces for large parties, plus a 60-foot underground tunnel connecting the cabana to the main home.
All this can be yours for just $16,495,000. Real estate observers say this is the most expensive property to be offered in Montclair in a decade—in comparison, the most expensive houses sold recently have barely passed $4 million.
The big question is, of course, who is rich and ostentatious enough to move into this place. Hedge fundies could be interested, but it seems even out of their absurd price range. Billionaire hedge funder Steven A. Cohen's Greenwich estate cost only a measly $14 million. The real estate blog Baristanet says the realtors will probably be reaching out to Hollywood agents and professional athletes. Celebrities! LeBron James, maybe? If you've got any insight