Back in the spring of 2005, during my stint as a staff writer for The Record of Bergen County, a home in Alpine, N.J. went on the market for $40 million — $10 million more than movie star Eddie Murphy was asking for his seven-bedroom estate in nearby Englewood. Just over a year later, the sprawling 60,000-square-foot Alpine mansion, with its 13 bedrooms, 23 bathrooms, a bowling alley and a 15-car garage, sold for a staggering $32 million (one of the highest prices ever paid for a New Jersey home).
The housing market in North Jersey has since slowed. And Murphy dropped his price to $19.5 million. Murphy’s Realtor, Mary Lenk, noted that the modified listing includes 3.5 acres instead of 5 acres and no longer includes a carriage house. But the 25,000-square-foot brick mansion known as “bubble hill” comes with its own bowling alley, music studio, five-car garage and racquetball court.