Whitney Houston Fan Buys the Late Singer’s New Jersey Mansion for $1.5 Million
By Shannon Carlin
A longtime fan showed that he really will always love Whitney Houston by purchasing the late singer’s New Jersey mansion for over a million dollars.
According to Zillow (via Billboard), an emergency room physician and investor named Matthew Krauthamer bought Whitney’s 5-bed, 6-bath, 13,607-square-foot home, which was built in 1987 but has been vacant since 2009, for a cool $1.5 million.
Krauthamer, who was only in second grade when the house was built, told the real estate blog that he does not plan to turn it into a museum but will actually live there. He wants to give it a new paint job and add some new appliances so he can help return the home to “its original ’80s glory.”
“The house in and of itself is absolutely stunning,” he said. “Wooded acres, gated property, two-floor poolhouse, two Jacuzzis. The house is really an incredible home.”
Krauthamer also mentioned that the home reminds him of “the singer’s true heart.”
“She got, obviously, some bad press at times, but one thing that she was was a very kind and generous person,” Krauthamer said of the late singer, who passed away in 2012. “She took care of the people that were closest to her and that’s something that’s always stuck in my mind.”
Krauthamer explained that he has already had offers from filmmakers and fans who want to take a tour of the home but he has sworn to Houston’s family that as a longtime fan he does not want to exploit the late singer’s fame.
The mansion had been on and off the market since 2009 and since her death in 2012 has been cut in price. It was previously listed at $1.75 million, according to reports.
It was recently announced that a TV movie, titled Whitney Houston, is heading to Lifetime in 2015. The film will chronicle the late singer’s relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown, from their first meeting to their tumultuous divorce. It will mark the directing debut of actress Angela Bassett, who co-starred with Whitney in the 1995 film, Waiting to Exhale.