Start spreading the news: There's a mansion for sale. Situated on over 200 feet of Atlantic Ocean frontage, this three-story modern home is up for grabs for $5.2 million in Brigantine, NJ. The house was once used as a weeklong retreat for Frank Sinatra -- and it has his wig to prove it.
Over 15 years ago, when a local casino rep approached the homeowner, Atlantic City restaurateur Tony Pullella, about renting the 5,900-square-foot mansion, he was hesitant -- he had just moved in with his family. But once Pullella heard that it was Ol' Blue Eyes in need of luxury accommodations, the deal was sealed, says Realtor Hanya Dwyer, who is co-listing the five-bedroom home with Gary Paul.
Sinatra stayed at the home for a week during in summer 1991, using it as a home base for his performance at the Sands Casino. He was between dates for the Diamond Jubilee World Tour, a yearlong tour in honor of his 75th birthday. For his stay at the property, "he requested Hershey's Kisses and a case of Jack Daniels," says Dwyer.
Sinatra called what is now the exercise room, which includes a full bathroom and sauna, his bedroom. After he left, a maid found Sinatra's wig in a bathroom drawer. They wanted to get it back to him, Dwyer says, but The Voice must have had enough silver manes, as he never sent back for it.
The owners kept it as a memento, but they're now willing to part with it, along with their custom-built home and possibly even the furniture, "if the price is right," says Dwyer.
Furnishings include a piano, which Dwyer says the Rat Pack leader used to warm up.
The house was built by architect Robert Johnson, known around the Jersey Shore for his light-filled homes. The house features 30-foot-high windows, Italian granite flooring, hardwood floors, and bamboo ceilings.
"There's nothing in that house that's cheap," says Dwyer. Ditto for the outside, where you'll find a pool and spa combo on the expansive patio. From there you can walk to the 236 feet of beach, where the skyline views of Atlantic City will take your breath away.
Sinatra may have had the mansion his way, but not every celebrity was that lucky. Dwyer says a casino asked Pullella to put up Cher for a while, but she didn't make the cut.