Attention house hunters and would-be crime bosses: the title family's home from The Sopranos just hit the market. If you've ever imagined yourself swimming with ducks or planning all kinds of criminal acts over your morning newspaper at the kitchen island, then you'll want to book a viewing at the 5,600 square foot property in North Caldwell, New Jersey.
The house stood in for the manor of fictional mob boss Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, and the rest of the Soprano family, for six seasons from 1999 to 2007. The now-famous title sequence, which follows Tony's drive along the New Jersey Turnpike and past several local landmarks, ends with him pulling into the house's long, curving driveway.
While a large portion of the show's footage was filmed on-location at the house, including the pilot episode, eventually a replica studio set was built, although production did return to the property many times until the end of the show's run.
It might have been 20 years since The Sopranos first aired on HBO, but but sellers Patti and Victor Recchia are hoping that the show's lasting cultural legacy will still be strong enough to drum up interest (and drive up offers). While similar properties in the area usually sell for between $1.5 million and $2 million, the Recchias are so confident in buyer interest that they have an ambitious starting price of $3.4 million. On top of that, property taxes in the neighborhood are $34,000 per year. However, Victor Recchia told the New York Times: "I don’t think you can quantify the intrinsic value of this home."
The Recchias have certainly chosen a fortuitous time to put their home on the market; public interest in The Sopranos is renewed, thanks to news of a prequel movie with New Line Cinema which will follow the early life and career of a younger Tony Soprano, who will be played by Gandolfini's real life son Michael.
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