Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons and his ex-wife Kimora Lee have finally sold their New Jersey mega mansion after it had been sitting on the market for a couple of years. The 35,000 square foot estate, which boasts a 50-seat home theater and indoor pool, is located at 101 Fox Hedge Road in Saddle River, NJ. They unofficially put it on the market back in August of 2006 with a price tag of over $20 million. It was first put on the MLS back in April of 2007 with an asking price of $23.8 million. Then, in August of 2008, it was reduced to $20 million, then to $19.88 million, $16.5 million and then to it’s final listing price of $13.9 million. The home sold for $10,000,000 4 days ago on February 15th.

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  • Daniel

    HA! Talk about a price reduction. All the Realtors/home owners with homes for sale better take note (looking at you Kurtz). $10 million for 35,000 square-feet in what is supposedly one of the wealthiest towns in the country seems like a good deal. That or Alpine ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.




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    • George

      Guys, what do you think Kurtz’s house in Alpine will go for.




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      • Daniel

        High teens to the mid-twenties. Anything more and I would be incredibly surprised.




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        • Andrew

          I’d say at least mid twenties. There have been much smaller houses on much smaller lots that have gone for ~$15 mil




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    • Daniel

      And I just realized this house is in Saddle River, not Alpine 😀 . Oh well. My price estimate for the Kurtz place stays the same.




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  • erica

    I am happy its sold.I know Russel and kimora are happy to have it sold and have it off the market.Congratz to who ever bought it 🙂




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  • organbrett

    There are a lot of good things I like about this home. I used to watch Kimora’s show when she lived there just to see glances of it. (I don’t like the powder room.) I love the fact that the theatre has a stage in it. I also love those slim doors into it from the lobby.

    If you saw her show, you must know about that fab closet – the one with the leopard skin rug and a tub!!!




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    • Barney

      Glad you loved her & the show, Brett……but personally, the sight, sound and mention of her make me want to wretch, as does 99% of everything on “E!” entertainment channel or Bravo.

      This house is nauseating in it’s inarguably & ridiculously useless size, absurd ostentation & indescribably over-wrought “greed is good” stench. Bleccchhh.
      Houses this size & people like K. Simmons are nothing but swines grunting with gold rings in their noses…….and NO, I’m truly NOT jealous. If this house were about 1/4 it’s size, and had the hopeless fake french crap reduced to the architecturally correct number of TRUE French pieces & touches, then I might like it.




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      • Barney

        One more thing…..IF that leopard skin rug you mentioned in the closet in A REAL hide….then I HAAAATE it, and she should be have the SH*T slapped outta’ her.




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      • Jason

        haha! one of the best entries on this site and spot on commentary about this house, E! and Bravo as well as pigzella K. Simmons.




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        • Barney

          Gracias, Mi Amigo! You’re obviously a man of GREAT taste, style, intelligence and Class 🙂

          A number of my fellow HOTR contributors have though (mistakenly) that I hate EVERY house that’s not a realistically sized, modern, mid-century or art-deco designed home, but while that’s truly my idea of perfection, it’s not accurate at all. I fully appreciate & love all the genres of residential architecture from all over the world and different ages, I simply DESPISE the bastardization of all of them that people with infinitely more brains than money have done to them here in the States over the past 20 or so years. Wanton greed, materialism & ego make me want to puke in all its forms. And the (former) Simmons house (and all those like it) are JUST that……puke inducing! And I guaran-damn-tee you that the 90% of homes with all that (useless) square footage have NEVER legitimately had all that room truly utilized for an extended length of time.




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          • Daniel

            I have tried SO hard to understand your viewpoint, but I can’t. I just cannot wrap my mind around how a home’s square footage can be a determinant of greed. Today I found additional pictures of Sydell Miller’s 84,000 square foot, magnificently scaled, awe-inspiring home in Palm Beach. Would you classify that as greed? She worked with her husband to build a multi-billion dollar company from scratch and uses the home for her rather large family and for charity galas/gatherings. She has donated millions to numerous charities. Her house is my dream home, 19 bathrooms (14 full, 5 half), 300 feet of oceanfrontage, Picasso, Renior and Chagall filled…all of it is exceptional. Does she use every room every day? Probably not, but *I* don’t even use every room in my 2,300 square-foot house every day. If I lived in the home, would I think to myself “Jeez, this is a little much”? Maybe, but I wouldn’t think for a second that it’s greed. She isn’t alone on the island in terms of having a large home. So many people have gigantic homes, with every room filled with paintings/furniture/trinkets worth enough to run an African country for weeks. Yet they all compete to be the most philanthropic. Is it a mask for something more sinister? Are they all greedy?

            Sorry Barney, but I’m not trying to be cynical, sarcastic or rude. Is there a style of a home, size of a home, location of a home that equates to greed? I just think it is interesting how some people interpret situations.

            And in case you want to take a gander at the pictures (which I HIGHLY recommend), then the link is here:

            http://www.petermarinoarchitect.com/www/#/search/palm-beach/107




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          • Kyle

            I am not knowledgable enough about architecture to see the flaws regarding the French pieces and touches Barney is referring to, but I think it can depend on the part about “bastardization” of architecture. Don’t get me wrong, I think bastardization can definitely occur, but at the same time, a lot of styles of residential architecture I would think were evolved by “bastardizing” prior styles to some degree.

            For example, Bishop’s Palace (http://galvestonhistory.org/1892_bishops_palace.asp) built in 1892. It is designed in a combination of Victorian and Chateauesque style. Chateauesque itself is a derivative of French Revival. So is it a bastardized Victorian or a bastardization of French architecture? Changing and combining styles back in these days seemed to be okay, but in modern times, it seems if one changes a classical style in some way, some people get bent-out-of-shape.

            On the other hand, you’ll also see homes designed that are supposed to be “classical” but are just flat-out designed WRONG. And not designed “wrong” as in the architect knew what they were doing but just decided to get a little creative, but rather designed wrong because the architect didn’t know what they were doing.

            Another example of possible accepted bastardization could maybe be English gardens. One feature of English gardens that is accepted are Chinese architectural pieces. Why? Because back in the 19th century, Englishfolk became enthralled with China and its architecture, so they started adding Chinese stuff to their garden designs.

            Now let’s suppose that this had never happened, that at no time in history had English gardens ever had Chinese architectural pieces in them. Now let’s say that a rich guy in modern times decides to build a mansion with an English garden and add in some Chinese pieces (because he likes them). I’d bet many of the purists would cry, “WHAT THE HELL, you don’t put CHINESE things into an ENGLISH garden! What are you, NUTS!?” It is accepted though because it was done long ago and was accepted then.

            If I build a mansion with an English garden and decide I want to add Aztec or Incan or Persian stuff to it, I bet some would get bent-out-of-shape over that too 😀

            So I think there is a fine line between actual bastardization of architecture and just reforming styles. On the square footage aspect, I think what Barney is talking about is if the owner builds the home soooo large simply for the sake of having an enormous home and nothing else. If they intend on using the size for lots of guests, parties, social events, huge family get togethers, etc…or they legitimately want a large home because THEY want a large home as opposed to just trying to show off or having one because its fashionable, I think that is okay.

            But quite a few people seem to build a gigantic home simply out of purposes of trying to outdo the neighbors or a “Look At Me!” approach or they just don’t think about it much and take a blind “The bigger, the better!” approach. There’s even a phrase for this, it’s called “Oversized Mansion Syndrome,” basically people build a HUGE home without first taking the time to consider whether they’d actually like living in such a place or not. Then they end up living in it and find it is too large. This also happens with yachts. Some rich folk will build an enormous yacht, and realize it’s way too large for just them.




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  • Bryson Thomas

    Prob one of my favorite homes in the world…




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  • Venom

    $10 million for that?
    That is awful and depressing.
    All his neighbors and people nearby must be distraught.
    I thought for sure that would have gone for more.




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  • Nightmoves

    Anyone know where Russell lives now? He really screwed his old neighbors dumping this house.




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  • Stewie

    I really like this house. It’s quite beautiful. The only real negative I can see is that the rear garden isn’t quite as big as I would like (if you look at it in BEV). But it’s a beautiful, well executed house that has everything an executive home should have. Good home bought for a good price




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  • Laquayva

    FINALLY!!! This home has been on the market for so many years, and I’m not too surprised that it sold for 10 million. It’s been on the market for at least 5 years and obviously Kimora and Russell don’t need the money, plus I’m sure they wanted to move on and be done with it. I first came across this house in person back in 1994 when the first owners had it, and I still kept the original brochure from when it first came one the market back in the late 90’s early 2000’s. What most people don’t know is that there is an additional house in the back of the property which consists of several bedrooms, kitchen, living room, etc. So $10 million was the ultimate for this gorgeous property.




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  • Oliver

    Seller got a bargain. Nice house but definitely over the top for my tastes.




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