There is a place for everyone in our City.  Every type of personality can find a home here and originality is encouraged. 

Even Sopranos’ star James Gandolfini – a huge fan of our City – spent the past three months looking for a second home in the ‘greater’ area.  In the end, he decided on a $2.1 million gorgeous country home on 15 acres in Far Hills, New Jersey, built in the late 1800’s completely renovated in the late 1900’s.  I’ve been in the house and it’s a completely different choice than what he was finding around here for his family.

For the second in this three part series (first column at TheCoaster.net) regarding the 2008 real estate market in our City, I asked a bunch of our great realtors where they would place some of our favorite bold faced names, should they come a-knocking on Asbury Park’s door. 

Simon Cowell

“Wanamassa Point, on the lake – ‘The Point’ is as one of a kind as he is,” Janet Manni, newly crowned broker, James J. Pentz Realtors.

“Penthouse at The Griffin.  It’s grand enough for his grander ego.”  Susan McCarthy, realtor, John C. Conover Agency.

“Near Georgie’s so he is close to Wednesday’s Karaoke night,” Jim Kesling, realtor, Prudential Zack Shore.

Pee-Wee Herman

“A tent in Ocean Grove,” Janet.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

“Stunning 602 Sixth Avenue – seven bedrooms, two fireplaces, and a stunning backyard including a heated pool to keep all the kids and their friends happy,” Susan.

“A penthouse in the Santander. Funky, old-world, classic and elegant charm, (kinda like France),” Janet.

“At my house,” Carl Chesna, newly certified EcoBroker (one of a handful in all of New Jersey), Prudential Zack Shore.

Andy Warhol

“The Marilyn Building on Monroe,” Jim.

Ellen DeGeneres

“Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.  She has to dance her way over to Baker Boys for a cupcake when ever she feels it,” Carl.

“Mary Fallon’s house on First Avenue – it’s close to The Empress and Circuit when Ellen feels like dancing,” Susan.

George Clooney

“The spare room at my house,” Janet.

“Penthouse at The Griffin – ultra sophisticated and hot, just like him,” Susan.

Britney Spears

“I would send her to my friend Geena who has a great apartment on Cookman Avenue for the adjustment of a lifetime – or maybe a life adjustment just in time,” Carl.

“The nun retreat house in Ocean Grove.  If the sisters can’t help this twisted sister…” Janet.

Dolly Parton

“I’d take her to a small farm in Farmingdale (Where Charlie Ingalls came from) so she could go back to her roots,” Carl Chesna.

The final real estate chapter next week, with housing for Rosie O’Donnell, Rachael Ray our President and more.

“Save the Date” gear shift:  Kathleen Banks of Trillium tells me exclusively that, with the great help of Madison Marquette, she is planning a spectacular antique show at Convention Hall for Mother’s Day weekend – May 10 and 11 – that’s “bigger and better than ever.”  She says there will be two full floors of dealers selling unique items all weekend and on Sunday, the show will culminate with a giveaway of hundreds of potted violets to our wonderful and amazing moms.  Take her to the show and then to brunch at one of the fab restaurants in town.  Dealers – call Kathleen for details at 732.988.8585.  Shoppers – more to come.