The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars finalized their divorce on Wednesday, as Joe continues to live in Italy following his deportation

By Mackenzie Schmidt
September 02, 2020 03:33 PM
Advertisement

Teresa Giudice is letting go of another piece of her marriage to ex Joe: the home he built for their family in New Jersey.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is listing the Towaco property for sale on Thursday, according to a press release from her real estate agent Michelle Pais.

The news came just before PEOPLE confirmed the former couple's divorce was finalized and nine months after Teresa revealed she was splitting from Joe after 20 years amid his deportation to Italy. The pair had been married since 1999, and share four daughters: Gia, 18, Gabriella, 15, Milania, 14, and Audriana, 10.

Teresa and Joe Giudice with their daughters
| Credit: Joe Giudice/Instagram

The 10,000-square-foot, 6-bedroom, 5-bathroom estate, which sits on 4 acres, will be asking approximately $2.5 million, according to the New York Post

In May, Teresa revealed she had given the great room of her ornate mansion a serious make-under. A decision that now seems to have been informed by her intention to sell — and appeal to a wider range of potential buyers — rather than a change of taste.

Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group
Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group

Working with interior designer and luxury furniture maker Jimmy DeLaurentis, she traded out the oversized couches, grand candelabras and flowing drapes for a more streamlined, contemporary look.

DeLaurentis completely reconfigured the room's layout, centering two curved sofas under Teresa's existing chandelier, and adding circular ottomans and square glass coffee tables. He also removed the room's rug, revealing the tile floor, and switched out a console table for something sleeker.

"Loving my great room @jimmydelaurentis," Teresa wrote on Instagram. "Thank you for customizing these beautiful pieces for me!!"

Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group

Elsewhere in the home, the press release notes there is a "gourmet kitchen" with a granite island and butler's pantry,  a "banquet-sized formal dining room," a wine cellar, a billiards room and maid's quarters. There's also a 3-car attached garage and a 2-car detached garage.

Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group
Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group

Upstairs, the main suite features three walk-in closets, a dressing room, and a fireplace, while the bath has a steam shower and jacuzzi tub.

Teresa has recently been making cosmetic changes outdoors too.

Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group
Credit: LuxQue Media/The Michelle Pais Group

"For the past three years, I’ve been paying off restitution," Teresa explained in the episode, referencing her legal issues. "Now that I’m done, I do have extra money and the pool is something that my daughters always wanted and they’re going through a very hard time right now."

Joe, meanwhile, has been fixing up another home: an Italian villa that belonged to Teresa's father. He's documenting the process in a YouTube series, This Old Villa with Joe Giudice. 

Joe Giudice
| Credit: This Old Villa/Youtube

"Me and the old man [Teresa's father] were very close and it goes to the kids, so I am finishing it," Joe recently told Extra. He told the outlet he also planned to live in the home "when the kids come, when I'm there."

In a trailer for the series, it's explained, "Life for Joe Giudice had gotten crazy. There was only one thing to do. Get out of New Jersey."

Joe has been trying to get his deportation case appealed, but it was denied for the third time in April.

"We have always maintained that Joe Giudice belongs in the United States with his family, not in Italy," Joe's attorney James J. Leonard told PEOPLE. "The immigration laws in our country are both draconian and antiquated and need to be revisited by forward-thinking members of Congress."

As for whether or not Joe will appeal the decision again, Leonard said at the time, "That will be discussed with Joe and his immigration counsel in the coming days."

Despite the news, Leonard reveals Joe is "very positive about life."