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Mapping The Real Foreclosures of Bravo's Housewives

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The Real Housewives franchise, which could be renamed "Things You Can Buy When You're Stealing," was, at least according to Wikipedia, meant to document the all-too-charmed lives of America's 1 percent. As such, the series really hit its stride at the height of 2008's recession; what was once a show about wealthy women became a show about formerly wealthy women contracted to live a lifestyle they could no longer afford. They still welcomed viewers into their McMansions and they still hocked jewelry lines whilst holding glasses of wine each the size of a baby's head, but their barely disguised aggression became a form of self-flagellation for women who were taking out loans from banks to pay other loans from banks. Lydia McLaughlin, Alexis Bellino, and NeNe Leakes all masqueraded as homeowners; in reality they were renting palatial estates for the brief period of filming—and they were the lucky ones. (Well, actually, Adrienne Maloof, who sold her hideous house for $20M in less than a month, is the lucky one, but anyway,) here's all the foreclosed and otherwise troubled estates of the franchise, mapped out for easy perusal.


· Real Housewife Adrienne Maloof Lists Hideous Faux Chateau [Curbed National]
· Inside Mega-Musician David Foster's Reality TV-Kissed Mansion [Curbed National]
· All Housewives posts [Curbed National]
· All Curbed Maps [Curbed National]

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1. Towaco, N.J.

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In a rare moment of financial clarity, housewife Danielle Staub accurately told Teresa Giudice "Your house is in foreclosure if you don’t pay the mortgage." Staub, displaying a very basic knowledge of finance, predicted that Giudice would default on her NJ Renaissance bouncy castle. As foretold, Giudice officially went bankrupt to the tune of $13M in 2010. Her home, which was almost entirely covered in leopard print, gold, and baby cherubs that failed to watch over the family, was the straw that broke the camel's back.

2. Coto De Caza, CA

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7 Shire
Coto de Caza, CA 92679

Vicki Gunvalson is one of the few housewives spared the stigma of foreclosure, yet her 5,400-square-foot house has been on the market since 2011. It includes a $500,000 pool and a hybrid TV room and grotto. You can still buy it for $2M, which is $100,000 less than the original listing.

3. Upper East Side, NY

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162 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

Sonja Morgan, the former wife of J.P. Morgan's heir and Tina Fey's "favorite housewife," has been trying to sell her Upper East Side townhouse, but nobody seems to be biting. Bought in 1998 for $9M, Sonja has dropped her original price of $12M down to a downright paltry $7M. Sonja can be found living in a small apartment near the house and renting it out. Applications from qualified husbands are welcome.

4. Ladera Ranch, CA

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Pointe Circle
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Tamra "I'm the hottest housewife" Barney purchased her faux Tuscan mini-manse in 2006 for $1,301,500. However, in 2011 she was forced to put her home on the market, slash it by 30 percent, and then, at the last minute, have it saved by a buyer right before it would've gone to foreclosure auction. The home had marble everything, a salt water pool, and, you know, a waterfall.

5. Milton, GA

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15951 Manor Club Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30004

RHOA veteran Kim Zolciak clearly thought she was immune to the curse when she purchased her $1M home in 2012 and then took out a $300,000 line of credit to finance renovations, which included eight fireplaces and a babbling brook. Kim and Kroy were also "tardy for the party" with finances and owe a tax lien of $12,224 to Georgia State and Milton County.

6. Ritz Cove, CA

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In a bid to protect her house against foreclosure and halt the inevitability of housewife bankruptcy, Lydia McLaughlin strategically decided to just never buy it in the first place. Much like Arrested Development's stage home, she rents at $8,500 a month while the show is taping. Also of note: her house has a waterfall.

7. Franklin Lakes, NJ

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322 Water View Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Facing $85,127 in unpaid taxes, having her home in foreclosure, and constantly being told that she's the "least favorite housewife" has not yet dampened Jacqueline Laurita's stepford wife smile. Instead, she assures that she's "working with the IRS."

8. Duluth, GA

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7865 Saint Marlo Fairway Drive
Duluth, GA 30097

Lisa Wu was one of the first housewives of Atlanta to go into foreclosure, and thus we consider her the original "real housewife of the recession." In 2005 she borrowed $2.9M to build her 10,000-square-foot mansion in Duluth, Georgia, but lost it in 2009 to foreclosure.

9. Newport Beach, CA

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2672 Circle Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663

After defaulting on $84,000 in loans for her Newport Beach home, Alexis Bellino decided to do the totally sane thing and try to sell the house at the height of the recession for about $7M. Then the Bellinos got a loan modification from the bank, who sold it for them at the slightly more reasonable $3M. Also of note is this questionable quote from their lawyer, "The issues between them and J.P. Morgan Chase are due to good business decisions."

10. Atlanta, GA

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4279 Roswell Road, Chastain Square
Atlanta, GA 30342

Dubbed "Neverland" by frenemy NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield's chateau never even had a chance. Her mansion was foreclosed upon before the paint could dry on her ballroom, "librart" or skate-rink. As a booby prize for not having a home, she got to go on Oprah and use her foreclosed home as a metaphor for her foreclosed life. Word to wise, don't dub your home "Chateau [Your Name]" unless it is paid for.

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1. Towaco, N.J.

6 Indian Lane in Towaco, NJ

In a rare moment of financial clarity, housewife Danielle Staub accurately told Teresa Giudice "Your house is in foreclosure if you don’t pay the mortgage." Staub, displaying a very basic knowledge of finance, predicted that Giudice would default on her NJ Renaissance bouncy castle. As foretold, Giudice officially went bankrupt to the tune of $13M in 2010. Her home, which was almost entirely covered in leopard print, gold, and baby cherubs that failed to watch over the family, was the straw that broke the camel's back.

2. Coto De Caza, CA

7 Shire, Coto de Caza, CA 92679

Vicki Gunvalson is one of the few housewives spared the stigma of foreclosure, yet her 5,400-square-foot house has been on the market since 2011. It includes a $500,000 pool and a hybrid TV room and grotto. You can still buy it for $2M, which is $100,000 less than the original listing.

7 Shire
Coto de Caza, CA 92679

3. Upper East Side, NY

162 East 63rd Street, New York, NY 10065

Sonja Morgan, the former wife of J.P. Morgan's heir and Tina Fey's "favorite housewife," has been trying to sell her Upper East Side townhouse, but nobody seems to be biting. Bought in 1998 for $9M, Sonja has dropped her original price of $12M down to a downright paltry $7M. Sonja can be found living in a small apartment near the house and renting it out. Applications from qualified husbands are welcome.

162 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

4. Ladera Ranch, CA

Pointe Circle, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

Tamra "I'm the hottest housewife" Barney purchased her faux Tuscan mini-manse in 2006 for $1,301,500. However, in 2011 she was forced to put her home on the market, slash it by 30 percent, and then, at the last minute, have it saved by a buyer right before it would've gone to foreclosure auction. The home had marble everything, a salt water pool, and, you know, a waterfall.

Pointe Circle
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

5. Milton, GA

15951 Manor Club Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30004

RHOA veteran Kim Zolciak clearly thought she was immune to the curse when she purchased her $1M home in 2012 and then took out a $300,000 line of credit to finance renovations, which included eight fireplaces and a babbling brook. Kim and Kroy were also "tardy for the party" with finances and owe a tax lien of $12,224 to Georgia State and Milton County.

15951 Manor Club Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30004

6. Ritz Cove, CA

Dana Point, CA 92629

In a bid to protect her house against foreclosure and halt the inevitability of housewife bankruptcy, Lydia McLaughlin strategically decided to just never buy it in the first place. Much like Arrested Development's stage home, she rents at $8,500 a month while the show is taping. Also of note: her house has a waterfall.

7. Franklin Lakes, NJ

322 Water View Drive, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

Facing $85,127 in unpaid taxes, having her home in foreclosure, and constantly being told that she's the "least favorite housewife" has not yet dampened Jacqueline Laurita's stepford wife smile. Instead, she assures that she's "working with the IRS."

322 Water View Drive
Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417

8. Duluth, GA

7865 Saint Marlo Fairway Drive, Duluth, GA 30097

Lisa Wu was one of the first housewives of Atlanta to go into foreclosure, and thus we consider her the original "real housewife of the recession." In 2005 she borrowed $2.9M to build her 10,000-square-foot mansion in Duluth, Georgia, but lost it in 2009 to foreclosure.

7865 Saint Marlo Fairway Drive
Duluth, GA 30097

9. Newport Beach, CA

2672 Circle Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92663

After defaulting on $84,000 in loans for her Newport Beach home, Alexis Bellino decided to do the totally sane thing and try to sell the house at the height of the recession for about $7M. Then the Bellinos got a loan modification from the bank, who sold it for them at the slightly more reasonable $3M. Also of note is this questionable quote from their lawyer, "The issues between them and J.P. Morgan Chase are due to good business decisions."

2672 Circle Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92663

10. Atlanta, GA

4279 Roswell Road, Chastain Square, Atlanta, GA 30342

Dubbed "Neverland" by frenemy NeNe Leakes, Sheree Whitfield's chateau never even had a chance. Her mansion was foreclosed upon before the paint could dry on her ballroom, "librart" or skate-rink. As a booby prize for not having a home, she got to go on Oprah and use her foreclosed home as a metaphor for her foreclosed life. Word to wise, don't dub your home "Chateau [Your Name]" unless it is paid for.

4279 Roswell Road, Chastain Square
Atlanta, GA 30342