Exclusive: Melissa & Joe Gorga Not Building A House In Franklin Lakes; Couple List Property For Sale

Posted on Nov 15 2014 - 11:23am by Editor

Melissa Gorga

Things just got a bit more real for reality couple, Melissa and Joe Gorga! After a tortured year of battling tenant from hell Kai Patterson over non-payment of rent and accusations of shoddy home construction, the tenant has finally moved out closing that chapter.

Kai Patterson - Joe Gorga

[RELATED] Kai Patterson Vacates The Gorgas Montville Mansion

As the couple announced, their plan is to build a new monster abode in Franklin Lakes on a plot of land they purchased two years ago. They told the world, they sold their Montville mansion and moved into a Franklin Lakes rental. Then after the “purchase” of their Montville home fell through, the couple announced they would move back into their Montville Township mansion until construction on their new Franklin Lakes house was completed. In January, Joe tweeted, “Here it is! Coming soon. Waiting on permits! #gorgahouse @melissagorga.”

Joes Tweet

However, it appears juggling mortgages on multiple properties has taken a toll and the RHONJ stars are looking for some relief. They’ve listed their Franklin Lakes plot of land for sale. The massive picturesque Franklin Lakes home they boasted about building will have to putatively wait until the couple can get their finances together. In June 2012, the pair listed their Tom’s River, NJ house for $500,000. According to public records they took out a $2.25 million loan against that property presumably to build their Montville mansion.  

The Franklin Lakes property is located at 101 Jasmine Court, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. The property is listed by Sothebys International Realty for $589,000. The average listing price for ZIP code 07417 is $1,624,535 (for a built house) which is higher than the list price for 101 Jasmine Ct.

However, according to Realtor.com the property is listed for $1.2 million which disputes the Trulia.com listing price of $589,000. Below is an excerpt of the property description via Realtor.com:

Amazing opportunity to build this European tuscan villa design manor in exclusive Franklin Lakes, one acre in cul-de-sac, $2-3$ million dollar neighborhood by 2014 award winning architect with celebrity designs. Plans already available and foundations is completed, just waiting for you to have brand new construction! All permits have been obtained including pool. Don’t miss this chance or opportunity for a customized new construction masterpiece and design by this well known featured award winning architect.

The couple have been plagued with media reports of financial difficulties, therefore, it’s wiser for them to unload the property rather than risk humiliation of foreclosure like their sister, Teresa Giudice. Looks like being “On Display” is not all it’s cracked up to be. 



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  • September24

    hahahaha! I still hope Tre’s house sells for more than this Beaver Mansion and Jacaholic’s house!

  • Birdie11

    This is a great piece! They will have to break it to Antonia that a disgusting little mansion is their broke ass reality. Sorry Antonia!!

  • Nene robs kids

    Awesome article! More Jersey bums playing like the rich folks they are not

    • Birdie11

      Isn’t that about the whole cast? I can’t wait for some legit cash in BH!!

      • Nene robs kids

        I agree the whole cast and bring on BH the real money players

        • DoneWithBravo

          I dunno about that. Eileen Davidson wouldn’t agree to appear on a show like this if she didn’t need $$. She already has her fulltime gig back on Y&R, and her hubby is/was an actor (and poker player). Everyone on these shows is fakin’ it til they make it.

      • Marsbars09

        Hi birdie! Rino and family might be legitimately wealthy with his restaurants. Also, don’t forget Bobby comes from a car dealership dynasty.

        • Birdie11

          Hey Mars! YES…Booby is loaded…the one loaded one is pretending he’s not! Go figure!

      • Well, with the exception of Brandi. I even heard Kim’s loaded but she just chooses to live a modest life if that makes any sense.

    • Marsbars09


  • Trippinhhard

    These people need to learn, bigger is not better, it too stressful.. These ppl live too much above their income. I don’t need those headaches, nor do I need that type of debt..
    They best go back to that old home and make those shotty repairs stat.

    • Birdie11

      Hey Trippin’…and while they’re at it…buy a few books for that fake library!!

    • That’s going to be costly with the beavers in the wall. LMAO!!!!

    • Marsbars09

      Preach Trippin! I just posted a comment that the Gorgas’ will be next in line to declare bankruptcy. I believe they are WAY in over their heads financially.

    • But what would the RHONJ be without frauds, an honest show? These people wouldn’t know honest if they were directly related to Abraham Lincoln lol

  • kitkat

    They are probably getting ready for their own shady shit to hit the fan.

    • Marsbars09


  • WestCoastFeed

    Realtor.com includes the info that the foundation has been poured for this home.

    • Refresh your browser.

      • WestCoastFeed

        Thanks. It appears that they ran out of the funds to finish construction. Whoever buys it buys the whole package, lot and plans.

        • Hi West….that’s exactly what appears happened. I’m sure Kai Patterson not paying rent didn’t help their finances. It will take a special buyer to buy this property.

        • Marsbars09

          Now that’s a win-win for whoever purchases the property!

  • WestCoastFeed

    Mel & Joey should sublet their Franklin lakes rental to Juicy and then move back to their mansion. I think Juicy could handle the rent. Win, win for both families.

  • Nikki

    These 2 are as phony as the rest of the NJ cast. They will end up living in the recycling truck they bought. I wonder how much $$$$ they wasted on Melissa’s “singing career?”

    • Marsbars09

      Hi Nikki! I think the Gorgas will be next in line to declare bankruptcy. I seriously believe they’re up sh*t’s creek in debt.

      • Newchild

        Hey Mars…Nothing has come out about their finances that I know of, but I have a bad feeling that they are coming out right after the Lauritas. It’s just a matter of time IMHO.

        • Marsbars09

          Hi Newchild! The sale of their property is a strong indicator the Gorgas’ are in financial difficulty. That huge balance they have on their home in Toms River doesn’t help either.

          • Newchild

            You be right! Allllllll to try and appear to be wealthy and keep up with those damn Jones’. Their anxiety level must be through the roof. And……..who gives a shit about what ya got?

          • Marsbars09

            You know, I used to be about “appearances”, but over the years I realized how stressful and financial draining it is to appear like you have so much. I’m grateful for the little things I have today.

          • BuckJohnson

            Your right, for them to sell or attempt to sell that land so quickly tells me that they don’t have much money left.

        • Hey Newchild….their perfect facade is being cracked. It’s hard keeping up with the Joneses when you’re not even in the same ballpark.

      • Nikki

        I totally agree with you. They don’t have a pot to piss in!

        • Marsbars09

          Nor a window to throw it out of!

  • DLister

    So much for Melissa dancing like a hooker on top of the crabgrass.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Please notice that alll permits have been issued. I think it was last April or . May.

    • The permits have been issued now but were NOT issued as of June 2014.

      • WestCoastFeed

        I think you are mistaken. I remember reading the planning board minutes with permits grant w d.

        • No, WCF….I am positive, I am correct. I spoke to the Franklin Lakes Planning commission office personally. I was told, Melissa or Joe Gorga did not have ALL the permits necessary to build in FL as of June 2014. Please verify and provide a link to the minutes.

          • WestCoastFeed

            So what I read was just one of the necessary or permits?

          • I’m not sure what you read exactly but I do know in order to acquire build permit(s) in the Borough of Franklin Lakes, several layers of approval are required; and as of June 2014, the Gorga’s did not have the approval to build.

  • Anne Green

    Celebrity Net Worth has been reporting for the past 6 months or more that the Gorga’s have a net worth of -1.5 million. If they were wrong, you know the Gorga’s would be all over CNW to correct this gross misstatement. Hummmm????

    • Hi Anne! How the heck are ya?

      That’s insane but not shocking. Living on transfer balances caught up to them.

  • TheBeverlyHillsHaveEyes

    Melissa has said several times she didn’t want a bigger home. They’re better off back in Montville than building that huge monstrosity they had planned.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Yes,she said she preferred the size of the rental.

      • Marsbars09

        But I believe Mel was lying when she said that. Remember when little Antonia said something about the rental being too small? I think she got that comment from Mel.

        • I get the same impression also. Wasn’t she complaining about the closets being too small? And Joey even commented, Mel’s not use to a house of that size.

          • Marsbars09

            Yep! I remember Mel uttering that snotty comment. Didn’t she also state she had to use the cabinets in the kitchen to store some of her designer shoes? She should have put half of that sh*t in storage if she didn’t have room store it in that “shack”.

          • LOLOL!!

        • September24

          And had to keep her shoes in the kitchen cabinet…..

  • Marsbars09

    The Gorgas’ really need to give up their pipe dream of being the “Jones'”. The sale of their property is a HUGE indicator that they are suffering financially. And I doubt they can afford to repair their raggedy Montville mansion.
    I don’t know what the Gorgas’ plan on doing to earn a significant income now that the future of RHNJ is uncertain. I’m curious to know if they will be next in line to declare bankruptcy.

    • WestCoastFeed

      K. Patterson was a serial squatter and his stories about beavers and such were just his spin to save his own behind.


    • Marsbars09

      Monopoly money!

      • LOL. Their scheming shall catch up with them too, so with all that Monopoly Money, they’ll probably go straight to jail like their fambly membahs.

        • Marsbars09

          LMAO! What can I say? Being shady is all in the family for these people.

      • LMAO–You beat me to this response.

        • Marsbars09


  • Bonita Gee

    They need to just stay their ass in the Montville house…. in this economy. Nobody buying an over priced Mansion like that… WTF they need with a MEGA Mansion in Franklin… they can’t afford it that’s why they’re living back in the Montville house.
    Some people try to live ”high on the hog”’ Champagne taste with Kool-Aid money…

  • treasureglen

    They paid $589,000 for a lot. After pouring a foundation, they are now asking for an additional $611,000? That foundation is one expensive improvement! In any case, the lot will be difficult to sell. The homes surrounding this lot are very nice, but nothing spectacular. It is right on a road. The foundation is already poured. Most people who buy a building lot want to build a house that appeals to them. I think it is going to be hard to find a buyer who would want to go ahead with the plans to build the monstrosity the foundation was poured for – which means the added expense of tearing out the foundation. It would be far cheaper to buy an umimproved lot elsewhere.

    • Excellent comment. I agree 100%.

    • WestCoastFeed

      Yes,this is going to be very hard to sell.

    • Jackie

      Didn’t Melissa say she paid $1MIL for the lot??

  • Steeler Fan

    Joe Gorga is one the wealthiest real estate developers in New Jersey and America.He can afford to live anywhere in the world.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Melissa posted a selfy of herself and Joey last night on instagrams. Looks like they have moved back to their mansion.

  • treasureglen

    I am totally confused. I looked up
    101 Jasmine Court is Block 1205, Lot 1.04, located in Franklin Lakes Boro,
    Bergen County, New Jersey. The owner is not listed as the Gorgas. The owner is listed as I.T.L. REALTY INC. , 120 SYLVAN AVE, SUITE 205 , ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ . And the records had been updated in the assessor’s database on May and synced on July 1st, 2014. Was this an unrecorded land sale contract? So the Gorgas don’t actually own the lot?

    • All About The Tea

      Thanks. Check your email.

  • Gianna Marie

    They got a 2.25 MILLION dollar construction loan??? HOW??? Sounds like they did EXACTLY as the Giudices. Remember Joe Giudice told Gorga in episode “You wanted to learn how to buy houses, so I taught you how to buy houses”..Id be shitting my pants if I was the Gorgas…Just saying………

  • colleen

    Lol when Mel had to make up a lie about her daughter saying rental house was a dump! You can bet your ass lots of paperwork and deals have been shuffled since Giudice’s got caught

  • colleen

    WAIT! New home is located in Franklin Lakes? Isn’t that close to Tre? A few seasons ago Melissa said she’s moving to be away from Tre! All liars

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  • September24

    Is that a bankruptcy I see on the horizon…..

  • realityteacup

    Just drove by the other day. Foundation going in. Looks too large for the dinky piece of land on a busy street….

    • Vince Foster, Jr.

      I drove past it a few months ago and the lot looked to small to fit that house.

  • Vince Foster, Jr.

    Franklin Lakes is a few steps up from Montvale. They can’t afford it.

  • Orlando Chan

    At least his is working for his money, unlike his sister and brother in-law.

  • Betcha Joey’s stewin on the day’s when Mellissa whined/cried bout havin all her first class hair/make-up/wardrobe done & the $ that cost him! Not 2 mention all the $ he spent on her horrendous singing & writing attempts, humiliating, poor guy, she must have a rainbow in her panties. This season she did her own hair & make-up though. Probably borrowed clothes 2. Joeys’ just gotta be glad all those other web sites about his wife’s past her lies, her XBF& her parking lot party w/1, XGFs, are long gone now. Fans wont forget tho.

  • Pink

    How about a story on how these 2 posers turned states evidence on their Family. Read Andy’s book, although many viewers had this figured out 2 seasons ago. They did Everything that Tre/Joe did, but because theyare the loser RATS that they are, they avoided prison time. Didn’t you guys notice Tre was completely dismissive of these 2 at the reunion. They are disgusting and should be completely Exposed.

    • Susan Thorne Zavagli

      there was a chill in the air