A 15-acre estate designed by New York-based architect Robert A.M. Stern in the Monmouth County township of Middletown was recently listed for sale by Christie’s International Real Estate.
The property at 722 Navesink River Road, whose price is available upon request, was most recently home to recording artist and rock star Jon Bon Jovi, whose given name is John Bongiovi Jr.
Forbes first reported in late June the property coming on the market, but did not disclose the identity of the seller or its famous resident. The listing for the home, which Forbes described as a “French-inspired chateau” located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Navesink River, touts its proximity to Huber Woods Park and New York City, just an hour away.
The 18,000-square-foot home has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a 50-foot wide living room with 12-foot high ceilings, a grand fireplace, custom-designed parquet flooring, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a heated three-car garage, according to the listing, which is held by Christie’s affiliate Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate in Red Bank.
Bon Jovi, the lead singer of his eponymous band, which he formed in 1983, reportedly completed the Middletown mansion in 1999 after two years of construction. The estate of the so-called Captain Kidd comes with four outbuildings, one of which is a carriage house that has three bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms.
Other buildings on the property include a private pub known as the Shoe Inn, a repurposed 20th century stable that has its own recording studio (where Bon Jovi has recorded every record since “Crush” in 2000) and seven double-door garages.
Bon Jovi, who is married with four children, is no stranger to big real estate deals. Last year he put down $10 million to buy a five-bedroom oceanfront home in Palm Beach, Florida, a move that came only a few months after the singer sold a three-bedroom duplex at 150 Charles Street in Manhattan’s West Village listed at nearly $16 million.
In late 2017, Bon Jovi scooped up a nearby Greenwich Lane condo for $18.9 million. That deal came three years after Bon Jovi unloaded a Soho penthouse listed at $34 million. That unit was sold again a year ago this month at a $7.5 million loss.
The Asbury Park Press reported in March that Bon Jovi paid $218,477 in property taxes on his Middletown mansion in 2018, a 3.2 percent increase from the year prior and slightly higher than what current New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy paid in property taxes for his residence in the area.