Two decades after the eponymous Sopranos series debuted on HBO, the iconic mansion that housed Tony, Carmela, A.J. and Meadow is on the market, and the news has caused many fans (myself included) to revisit the show and the scenes set by the sky-blue backyard pool.
The long-time owners of the North Caldwell, N.J., property, Patti and Victor Recchia, have chosen to handle the sale without any intermediaries, and they’re asking bidders to submit offers and proof of funds to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 21st.
They’ve set a starting price of $3.4 million for the 5,600-square-foot house, which is quite a steep price, considering that other properties in the area sell for $1 to $2 million, as The New York Times reports. But Recchia, owner of the company that built most of the homes in the neighborhood, is betting on the mansion’s iconic status to push the price up.
The Sopranos house is, in a way, the first character in the series that we’re introduced to, right at the end of the opening sequence. From the very start, Tony and his New Jersey home are inextricably linked, and the iconic mansion is the setting for many joyous and humorous scenes, as well as the backdrop for some of the darker moments in the life of the Soprano family.
The first episode of the series gives us a glimpse into Tony’s seemingly-normal family life, starting with his early-morning ritual of walking down the long and winding driveway to pick up the newspaper.
The end of the driveway has reached cult status for the show’s fans, who come here to take pictures of themselves in a robe, picking up the paper like Tony.
The first episode is also when we get to see the backyard in all its splendor, with a gorgeous swimming pool nestled among tall lush trees that offer privacy and seclusion.
The pool is Tony’s territory; it’s here that he swims with wild ducks, has his first panic attack, throws parties and family gatherings, stands on guard to protect the family from a bear, and, in one of the darker scenes filmed here, saves his son from an attempted suicide.
Inside the house, despite the interiors having been updated over the years, there still lingers a familiar vibe that makes you feel close to the iconic characters.
Even though James Gandolfini’s unexpected passing in 2013 broke our hearts, his legacy lives on, and a lot of it is concentrated in this house at 14 Aspen Drive in North Caldwell. Most of the interior is recognizable from the TV series, even if the indoor scenes were mostly shot at Silvercup Studios, where the producers constructed a replica of Recchia’s home.
According to Recchia, the cast and crew were quite fond of the house, and Gandolfini greatly enjoyed filming his poolside scenes. The mansion and its fabulous-yet-cozy backyard was used for filming somewhere between 30 and 50 times throughout the show’s six seasons.
Besides the obvious nostalgic feels that the house at 14 Aspen Drive gives us die-hard fans, it also has plenty of modern amenities to offer. The property includes the main house, which comes with four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a powder room; a detached guesthouse with one bedroom; as well as two two-car garages, and of course, the pool. The homeowners told the Times that property taxes are $34,005/year.
The Recchias naturally expect their inbox to be flooded with emails from prospective buyers and Soprano fans alike, but they’re confident that they will find a buyer soon, and we tend to agree. The only negative to this house, as far as I can tell, is that you’ll never know if that car parked at the end of your driveway is packed with FBI agents waiting to tap your house while a Henry Mancini/The Police mashup plays in the background.
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