Mansion on Former Frick Estate Becomes New Jersey’s Most Expensive Home Ever Sold

The great state of New Jersey now counts a new home as the greatest sold within its domain. Located in Bergen County, the granite mansion, last listed for $32.9 million, ultimately pulled in $27.5 million. Such a closing makes it the highest home sale in the county in 16 years and the highest ever in the Garden State.

Although seemingly a triumph, it’s been a long time coming for the owner to unload this 30,000-square-foot home. Businessman Richard Kurtz and his then-wife built the property from the ground up. It sits on part of the former Frick Estate (once owned by Henry Clay Frick), which The Wall Street Journal reports Kurtz bought in its 60-acre entirety back in 2006. After breaking it up, he and his wife kept a six-acre slice to develop for themselves.

They first quietly listed the finished result more than a decade ago for an optimistic $68 million. Since then, it appeared again and again on the market for various up-and-down amounts, until finally selling recently.

Alpine, the town in which the estate can be found, counts only one guard-gated street and this opulent manse is on it. Once let onto Frick Drive and past the home’s own gate, a heated driveway leads to a sizable motor court. A tennis court, saltwater gunite pool, and accompanying pool house dot the grounds around the home.

Inside, 12 bedroom suites sit appropriately beneath 12-foot ceilings. Even with such an abundance of private quarters, that’s a lot of space to fill. Fitting for the grand scale, a vast ballroom, martini parlor, and series of reception rooms allow a variety of guests to take it all in with plenty of distance. For quieter, cozier moments, the his-and-hers libraries are sumptuous options.

Dennis McCormack of Prominent Properties Sotheby’s International Realty represented the monumental NJ listing.