State’s highest-price house, a mansion in Alpine, finally sells (for $27.5 million)

State’s highest-price house, a mansion in Alpine, finally sells (for $27.5 million)

Wine-tasting room. Imagine buying a house for $27.5 million – the highest price paid for a house in New Jersey in years, if not decades – and feeling like you got a good deal.

If the property was the former Frick family estate – a grand 33,000-square-foot, 12-bedroom, 19-bathroom residence on 12 acres with I-can’t-believe-it-comes-with-all-these amenities – you may just have done so.

At least, that’s the impression of the undisclosed buyer, who picked up a property in Alpine that is tucked into one of the country’s wealthiest zip codes.

The sale price was below the $32.9 million it recently was asking, and far below the $68 million it was listed for when it first went on the market – in 2010. That’s right, it took more than a decade to sell an estate owned by Kamson Corporation CEO Richard Kurtz, who purchased the property for $58 million in 2006.

But, as they say, there’s a buyer for every home.

Dennis McCormack of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty found this one.

And what an estate they are getting. Consider, it has:
· a ballroom;
· a martini bar;
· a wine-tasting room;
· dual libraries (why only have one?);
· a 65-foot saltwater gunite pool,
· two art galleries (again, why only have one?);
· an indoor basketball court (there are 30-foot ceilings in the basement);
· a gated motor court with a heated driveway.

“It’s very rare to see a house of this magnitude with these amenities,” McCormack told “You could accomplish grand-scale entertaining in the house.” If it makes you wonder why Kurtz would ever leave, consider this: He never actually came. That’s right, Kurtz – who did multi-million-dollar renovations, never actually lived in the house. If you’re looking to live in Alpine, there are other options. says there are currently 26 homes for sale in Alpine (with a median price of just over $3 million).If you’re looking for an estate, you might want to check out the Chateau de La Roche, a 25,700-square-foot mansion in Mahwah. It is listed for just $25 million. Here’s hoping you get a good deal.

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