Over a year after Melissa told her fans and followers she and Joe had embarked on a home renovation project after selling their former mansion in Montville, New Jersey for $2.5 million in December 2020, the Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member took to her Instagram page to speak of “new beginnings.”
“New beginnings! It’s all happening. It’s finally moving day,” Melissa revealed on November 18, along with a slideshow of photos. “You know I’m a pro at moving and I never move without [Roadway Moving] literally the same guys are moving me that moved me into my rental! I love how long they’ve all been working there and how amazing all their employees are!! Wish us luck! Can’t wait to show you more of the house!!”
Melissa’s post also included an image of herself seated atop her own stack of boxes.
In another post shared on Instagram, All About the Real Housewives included an image of the exterior of the Gorga’s massive home, which has been decorated for the holidays with lights on both the house and trees around it.
“First look at Melissa and Joe Gorga’s new home. The [RHONJ] couple are moving into their home today,” the fan page wrote in the caption of their post.
After selling the home fans have seen for the past 10 seasons on RHONJ, Melissa and Joe paid $950,000 for a home in the West Gate Urban Farms community of New Jersey. And, at the same time, they reportedly took out a $500,000 loan for their renovation project, which means that when all is said and done, they have spent a total of $1.44 million.
Although Joe renovates homes for a living, he and Melissa were accused of having financial troubles at the time their Montville property was sold.
“Joe and I do this for a living,” she said in response. “We buy homes that the other people probably look at and say, ‘This is a dump. I’d never buy that.’ We pretty much knock them down, and then we build something much nicer. So when people say, ‘They’re selling everything, they’re broke!’ I’m like, ‘What is wrong with everyone?’ Why can’t it be that we’re trying to move on up actually?”
And, in the months since, Melissa has shared regular photo and video updates with her Instagram fans and followers, giving her audience looks at both the exterior and interior of her and Joe’s new property.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey season 13 is expected to begin airing on Bravo in early 2023.