Whitney Houston’s Former Home in New Jersey

by hookedonhouses on February 22, 2012

Whitney Houston's House in New Jersey | hookedonhouses.netThe contemporary home where the legendary singer Whitney Houston married and lived with her ex-husband Bobby Brown in New Jersey is for sale. Like just about everyone, I was shocked to hear about Whitney Houston’s death. I grew up listening to her songs on the radio and, despite all the stories of drama and drug use in her life, it was hard to believe she wouldn’t have another chance at a comeback.

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The listing describes the house as “A stunning departure from the ordinary – a sheer bravado of expansiveness and creative expression, this ranch-style contemporary home fulfills the fondest aspirations.”

Whitney Houston's dining room in New JerseyI think that’s a bed on that platform…

The house has 5 bedrooms and 4.2 baths.

It was built in 1992, and it shows in the elements of what was then considered contemporary design.

Whitney Houston's kitchen in New Jersey

It’s set on “over 5 acres in a haven of lushly landscaped privacy,” according to the former listing. “Outstanding features include curved window-walls, domed skylights, a gracefully flowing floor plan, and walk-out lower entertainment level allowing for contiguous enjoyment of superb tiered terraces and lawns.”

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June 2014 Update: AOL Real Estate reports that it just sold to a Whitney Houston fan. Head over there for all the photos and details.

I love this iconic Seventeen magazine cover that featured Houston in the early ’80s:

I still remember looking at the magazine as a young girl and wondering what it would be like to be so pretty and perfect and unafraid of getting ice cream on your sweater dress. Sadly, the answer for her, at least, was that a perfect-looking life isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

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Luciane at Homebunch.com February 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

Shocked, at least to say! I feel for her daughter and it’s such a shame loosing yet another talented person.
The house isn’t my taste ( you know I love cozy places, rights? :-) ), but it was so interesting to see. Thank you for this post, Julia!

xo

Luciane at HomeBunch.com

A.Men February 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

This reminds me of M.C. Hammer’s mansion. It has 11? gaudy, huge fountains spraying water!! He lost it in bankruptcy.

hookedonhouses February 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

I remember that one!

Jane February 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

I prefer cozy homes as well and contemporary homes can be a tough sell at any price point. Having lived in one evocative of Houston’s home – but much smaller, barely 3 bedrooms, and bought on a comparative pauper”s budget- I found the clean lines to be surprisingly easy to “warm up” and the house was easy to clean. The market was strong when we sold ( ah, the good old days) and we moved within 2 months of putting it on the market, having lived there for 6 years.

We had 2 small children while in the contemporary so we ditched fully carpeted rooms in favor of area rugs and displayed the kids’ colorful artwork which popped against the relatively plain walls. We added plenty of plants, fluffy pillows, some comfy,fun furniture for the kids’ area (rocking chairs, two person loveseats) and ended up with an eclectic modern look, still contemporary but not sterile.

Jane February 23, 2012 at 6:17 am

I did want to add that our home wasn’t tacky like I perceive the Houston home to be and we had multiple offers when it came time to sell. Hard to describe but there is a certain type of under-stated eclectic contemporary that can seem warm and homey. We jumped at,the chance to buy our current and dream home, been there over 22 years, but the contemporary had its charms.

margret February 22, 2012 at 8:20 am

money does NOT buy taste

lolia May 22, 2012 at 5:39 am

Well it kind of does if you buy a desinger

lolia May 22, 2012 at 5:39 am

designer *

Pamela February 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

The area in which the property is located is one of the most beautiful in Morris County. Governor Christie lives in Mendham as well. (although I can’t remember if it’s the township or the borough, and yeah, it matters. Don’t ever mix the two or you’ll get an earful on why one is superior to the other…lol)

I’ve seen the property in person – it’s not “all that”, and frankly, it’s out of place for the area as far as character.

hookedonhouses February 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

Interesting! Yeah, I don’t think there’s any question why this house hasn’t sold over the years.

SoPo Cottage February 23, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Totally agree Pamela. We just moved from Mendham and her house never fit in with the farmhouses and classic estates that you see in the area.

Black Eyed Susans Kitchen February 22, 2012 at 9:07 am

Thanks Julia…tacky house though.

pretty blakk February 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I just wonder how yours look..You are so negative…but you claim to love Whitney..PLEASE!!!

Basse Krokke April 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm

You cannot be serious. Come on, that is one ugly house. Anyway, I thought she was being really kind with her descriptions and opinions. Gah. Such a hideous home.

The Tiny Homestead February 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

oh no, what an eyesore. I wonder if some talented person could renovate it into something attractive? It’s sad to see architecture become useless in such a short period of time, but ick, really you’d have to pay me to live there!

pretty blakk February 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

You probably don’t even own your own home…And to make the statement they would have to pay you to live in this house is nothing but a lie…

Basse Krokke April 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

lol Why are you so defensive about Whitney’s ugly house?

Brandon @ Southgate February 22, 2012 at 9:17 am

Its not a bad house for its time…but just looking at the outside I would have thought “its time” was 1976-1982. And the interior I would have pegged 1986-1990.
Poor Whitney…I so hoped she would be able to get it together and be healthy again.

hookedonhouses February 22, 2012 at 11:03 am

It’s definitely a time capsule. I thought the same thing–that it looked very ’80s.

Karena February 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

A truly sad situation. She was so very talented. This home, if it is any reflection of her though, lacks warmth and it is as if she lost herself on the climb to fame and fortune.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Belinda February 22, 2012 at 10:11 am

Julia,
Thank you for this post and for not diving off into all of the drama and even voicing an opinion of it all. I’m so disheartened by everything that I am reading about Whitney Houston right now and most of the things that disturb me is what’s coming from the “normal” people of the world.

No matter what we might think of Whitney and the life and problems that she had she still had an amazing talent. But above that she was a daughter and a mother. And those people are hurting so badly without her right now. That is what matters most in this tragic loss.

Again thank you for your class with this post and for your blog. Love it!

Belinda

Karen May 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Thank you for standing up and speaking of the sad and very unkind comments made about Whitney Houston. She did have an incredible talent and was a beautiful person who quite simply got lost in her rise to fame and like so many others, was never able to regain control of the demons that destroyed her. You know I am 44 years old and I remember that many times her music allowed me to revel in the joy of “first love” and then helped me through first heartache, allowed me to be uplifted and sometimes brought me backdown to a place where I needed to remember my own faith. Even in death her music has touched me like no other ( “I Look to You and “I didn’t Know my own Strength”). No matter what road she may have traveled she always kept her faith and was very proud to say so. I have to admire her for trying so hard to get it back together so many times. The words to her song “ILook to You “, seem to mirror her struggle and have at times done so for many of us and I believe as the song says “take me far from the battle” and that is just what God did. So…I hopr that more people like you can try to show more compassion and try harder in thier own lives to not be so judgemental. God bless you and thank you for your compassion too!

Basse Krokke April 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Are you people day drinking or something?

CeCe February 22, 2012 at 10:17 am

What a Fugly home. Gross. Maybe someone will buy it just for the land and knock down that circular concrete monstrosity?

Jane February 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

Cece- makes you wonder who was the architect or was I so sleep- deprived that I missed it? Just had dental surgery, a bit dazed.v

Hunter February 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

Correction: Being Bobby Brown reality shown was never filmed in New Jersey. They filmed in the house that was owned by Bobby Brown in Atlanta and in various Atlanta hotel rooms that they lived in.

Karen February 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

That’s right ~ I watched, and don’t remember that house. Boy, what a train wreck those two were! They both smoked a lot and if that house smells as bad as it looks it’s not surprising why it hasn’t sold. It will be interesting to see if it sells now if it’s put back on the market. Still sad…………I wish Whitney could have seen herself and her amazing talent the way we did.

hookedonhouses February 22, 2012 at 10:59 am

That’s strange–the articles I read said they taped it here. I didn’t watch the show so I didn’t know that was wrong info. Thanks, guys! I’ll edit that.

Jessica February 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

It is a sad situation. Maybe the house will have a better chance of selling now in the wake of her death. It’s going to need all the help it can get because it is very very dated.

Molly @thewaffler February 22, 2012 at 11:11 am

I really, really wanted to like it — or at least like its potential, but…not so much. I also grew up listening (and dancing to) Whitney’s songs — Remember “I Want to Dance With Someone?”

Janice Mahon February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

With over five acres of land, at that price, it will probably be a tear down. I think it has great bones, the bathroom with the glass cement walls, exquisite!

It seems a home of sadness, not lived in happiness. Best to let it go to the developers. RIP child.

Amy @ The Button Casa February 22, 2012 at 11:22 am

This house reminds me of a spaceship. I think you’d really have to love Whitney or really love 80′s architecture to buy this home.

carla February 22, 2012 at 11:42 am

even in New Jersey, I’ll take my chances with my 1.7 mil and find something a little better than that! the inside is horrendous — anddddd for 1.7 – wheres my pool!?! living in mississippi makes me expect every house over a million to have a pool :) — in any case, interesting to see, Julia — thanks!

HollyM February 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

Looks like something out of a Miami Vice episode. I can almost see Sonny there in his blue tee and linen blazer, sockless, suntanned and stubbled.

It has all the charm of a Hoboken Hilton circa 1990. Didn’t that living room remind anyone of a 3rd rate hotel lobby?

Her life should have had a different ending. She was far beyond merely talented. As tragic as her death is, and as sorry as I am for her family . . . ultimately, the choices were hers.

hookedonhouses February 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Yes, I could totally see Don Johnson hanging out in this house! :-)

Brandy February 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Maybe it could be use as a set for movies/tv shows set in the 1980s? Otherwise, the best thing to do would be to tear it down. Somehow I doubt this still of architecture will ever come back in style.

Empress Lockness February 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I keep waiting for the Solid Gold dancers to perform in the living room.

Kim February 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I’m not surprised her house hasn’t sold at all. This place sadly, doesn’t have any good character about it at all and will most likely be torn down. Even though I didn’t care for this house, it was still interesting to see.

Patience February 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I remember Whitney in Seventeen too!

Becky February 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

eeee, I must have blotted Seventeen from memory … it was a huge source of self-esteem erosion for me, comparing myself to the models. :( I hope girls today don’t do that.

This house’s interiors recall a spaceship … I can see Captain Kirk living there.

NJ Cellulose Insulation Contractor February 22, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Although it seems to lack character, to the right person this house could be a dream.

Jane February 23, 2012 at 6:24 am

Absolutely agree! We have something like that around the corner (smaller, of course) and it sat on the market till the price was a steal. Amazing how easily it was updated and later appeared in a national magazine.

Lisa T. February 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I don’t hate this house. I think the late eighties, early nineties interior finishes could be redone and it could be interesting. With all the natural light, I would certainly like it better than a Tudor. And all the areas definitely FLOW! :p) Lol!!

The pictures don’t show it, but it MUSt have a pool. Where else would Don J. be lounging in his linen Versace suit? It needs a pet alligator.

To me it has a cheerful disposition despite all the drugs, delirium and unhappiness it once contained.

Lisa T. February 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm

OK, I looked at it again, and it is kinda bad. I just love lots of windows, though.

jodi from new jersey February 22, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I , too, was so sad for Whitney. I believe angels led her in….. As for the house, to me it looks like someone’s IDEA of what Whitney Houston’s house should be, not a home at all.

Delores February 22, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I’m so sad about Whitney. Sad for her family as well.
As for the house. Tear it down.

Delores February 22, 2012 at 10:20 pm

On second thought. Maybe they should use it as a set for the movie that will no doubt be made about Whitney’s life. Then they can either sell it or tear it down.

David Barbosa February 22, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I also grew up with Whitney. In some strange way I felt like I knew her on a personal level. I remember driving by her house one day trying to see it through the trees that surround it on the property. I cant believe she is no longer with us. I think it is a great loss and feel for her daughter and mother.

E. George February 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

Hi Julia I was in my 20′s when Whitney hit the music scene I thought she had the most amazing voice and a special way of singing that no one else can do (ever). The day they announced her passing they put the Bodyguard movie on I must have cried from the start what a loss can’t imagine what her family is going through. I must confess I don’t like the house it looks cold. Thank you for sharing. Regards Esther from Sydney.

etta February 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

Beautiful interestin post Julia!! I love Whitney… it’s a very sad moment, it is an icon of my beautiful ’80s … thanks!
Etta

Annie@A View On Design February 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

that house really is spectacular, but she always was a diva in her own mind first, I loved her so much, so sad to see her decline over the years, I wish things had been better for her, but she sure did have good digs!!

Nicole Mulvany February 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I have that magazine to this day still in perfect condition. I also have one other Seventeen with her in it. She was so gorgeous. That was when that magazine was amazing.

As for the house. Even redecorated it wouldn’t be my style. The bones are too modern and way too curvy.

Plus, that house just seems like a sad place. I know she didn’t die in that house. But, it would still be creepy for me to live in Whitneys former home.

I can’t get over how there isn’t anything in the house that stands out in the way of “Oh they had money.” I don’t mean that rude. But, like I don’t see art work. Or furniture that has anything show stopping about it. It’s interesting.

amy byman February 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

How the heck is a .2 bathroom?

hookedonhouses February 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I assume they mean two half baths.

stella February 23, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Hmmmmmmmm….interesting that it was taken off the market a few weeks before she died….it may very well sell for a lot more now…

Laurie February 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Seeing her home just made me sad all over again.

Rosa@FlutterFlutter February 24, 2012 at 2:19 am

Wow, that house needs a LOT of work! I’d be passing on that house too.
I still can’t believe she was only 48… there is something about how long she’s been famous for that made her seem older in my head. 48!! It’s very sad.

pretty blakk February 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

For all of you people who has something negative to say about this home is just a sign of pure stupidness… a empty house does not make a home it takes a family to make a house a home….Do you really think all of her furniture was going to be left inside…COME ON PEOPLE….I see there are a lot of fake Whitney Houston fans and you all should be ashame of yourselves…

TB February 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

They did film at least one episode of Being Bobby Brown in the house. Whitney is shown singing while sitting on the white couch in that living room and her daughter runs over and tries to cover her mouth. She can also be seen wiping down the counters in the kitchen after someone made hot dogs. And that furniture was also Whitney’s. It’s been shown in a photo shoot for a Life magazine article and it also appears in a Barbara Walters special. There’s a GIGANTIC pool behind it that has her initials carved in the bottom of it. Kind of eerie in light of how she died. You can see a picture of it here: http://images.yuku.com.s3.amazonaws.com/image/pjpeg/e34132927b93adc2e6f7cc9a64f85cf704ba0.pjpg

hookedonhouses February 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Thank you for clearing that up! Very helpful.

Cindy February 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

It’s actually surprising a house this size for $1.75M hasn’t sold. I’d buy it (if I had the $1.5M in liquid assets required to look at it).

snaggy February 25, 2012 at 5:32 am

Horrible!

Stacey February 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Personally, I like the structure of the house…unusual….spectacular….just as Whitney was when she purchased it. Love to Whitney. RIP.

Stacey February 26, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Like Graceland, maybe this home could be a resting place for Whitney’s legacy.

Jackie February 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Hmmm, she wasn’t into decorating at all, but some people are like that. I check out Homes for Sales in the “Good Neighborhoods” and they haven’t purchased furnishings or moved a picture since the War. (Which War? Pick One starting with WWI). It’s amazing …..

Oh well, it would be a Great Home for someone with “in excess of” 1 Million to purchase and fix up. Lots of land to landscape and turn into a totally different place.

If I had the money, I would not care about the previous owners

Like you, I’m hate the late few years of her life was such a mess. As a Mother, my heart would be in pieces. You know how you raised them and for them to settle for something so far …. would be a tragedy.

I pray for everyone’s child (small and grown), but in the end, they make their own decisions.

Sam March 10, 2012 at 3:09 am

Replace ALL the counter tops and sell it.

Erin March 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I actually think it’s beautiful. Some things are a little dated, but it was built in 1992. If I had the money, and wanted to live in NJ, I’d buy it. Such a beautiful sprawling estate. It’s not on the market now though. I wonder if this might be something Bobbi Kristina keeps. She’ll have to dwindle down what was owned I would think. I think the estate will go up in value quite a bit and Bobbi Kristina will have the money to keep it. Obviously something is paying for it now. If the outside walls were changed to a more texture stucco, it would be gorgeous. She didn’t plan to not live in this house forever though :-(

wayne wise wisdom April 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm

I love this mansion or house

Alicia Pineyro May 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

For me, the house has its own character and can be mastered to look better. I like it much. For those that like living in the era of the late 70′s or 80′s, this house is good.

maria May 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm

it can be made into a museum, like elvis presley graceland

alice June 19, 2012 at 5:29 am

Whatever people may say whitney was a true diva. I loved her so much. When I learnt of her death, I was a total wreck that and to date I still miss her so much. I am sorry cece and very very sorry bobbi. People can label her anything but she meant so much to those close to her (family & friends) and me as a fan of whitney my prayer during her days of trouble (addiction) was “Lord please save her, help her, intervene for another chance” but all was invain but what I know right now is the angels are happy to have such a voice eternally. I loved you whitney. R.I.P Cece and Bobbi be strong everything happens for a reason. The devil lied, the devil stole and killed whitney but there is hope for those who believe. She is in good hands, no suffering, no hate no pain no drugs but her sweet voice is rumbling in the heavens. I will always love you Whitney. Alice Zimbabwe

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