Following rumors of her engagement to Elizabeth Rooney, Rosie O'Donnell is selling her $6 million mansion in Saddle River, New Jersey

By Maura Hohman
October 18, 2018 12:57 PM
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Rosie O’Donnell is making a big real estate move following speculation she and girlfriend Elizabeth Rooney are engaged.

The 56-year-old actress is selling her $5.9 million English-inspired country estate in Saddle River, New Jersey. She’s taking a small loss to get rid of the property, which she reportedly purchased for $6.375 million in 2013, according to Homes.com.

Despite the timing, the sale doesn’t appear to be a sign that she and Rooney, a police officer from Worcester, Massachusetts, are looking for a new home to call their own.

A friend of The View cohost tells PEOPLE that, “she’s selling because she is living in New York City full-time now and most of the kids are grown and did not need the big house.”

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Rosie O’Donnell selling New Jersey mansion
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O’Donnell has three daughters — Chelsea Belle, 21, Vivienne Rose, 15, Dakota, 5 — and two sons, Parker Jaren, 23, and Blake Christopher, 18.

She has been dating Rooney, who recently suggested she was engaged with a subtle change to her Instagram bio, for nearly a year. Her page now includes the letter “R” followed by a diamond ring emoji. Radar Online first reported the possible engagement on Oct. 8.

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Rosie O’Donnell and Elizabeth Rooney
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O’Donnell’s New Jersey mansion sits on 5.7 acres, according to the listing with Special Properties, a Division of Brook Hollow Group Realtors Inc., an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. It boasts six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and two half baths, a gourmet kitchen, multiple living rooms with fireplaces, an elevator and a guesthouse.

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Rosie O’Donnell selling New Jersey mansion
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Rosie O’Donnell selling New Jersey mansion
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Outside, amenities include an in-ground pool with a grotto and waterfall, a plunge pool, spa, basketball court, three-car garage, artist’s studio and multiple balconies with sweeping views of the property. It was totally remodeled and renovated in the early 2000s.

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Rosie O’Donnell selling New Jersey mansion
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Rosie O’Donnell selling New Jersey mansion
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Rosie O’Donnell selling New Jersey mansion
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O’Donnell and Rooney went public with their relationship in November 2017 after O’Donnell revealed she was dating a younger woman during an appearance on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show.

“It’s the first time I’ve dated someone younger than me,” she said. “It’s a very trippy thing.”

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“I get along so well with her, it’s kind of fascinating,” she added. “The one thing that she doesn’t know? [Barbra] Streisand. I made her watch Funny Girl. She’s like, ‘It was good.’ I’m like, ‘Come on!’ ”

At the time, O’Donnell also told Stern she would “never” get married again.