Whether as Vinny Gambini, Joe Pesci’s character in the Deep South legal comedy My Cousin Vinny, or Nicholas "Nicky" Santoro, his mob character with animal killer instincts in Casino, Pesci’s skilled sense of timing brings his characters to life in a way that few actors can match. He announced his retirement from acting in 1999 to return to music, his first love, but fans are thrilled to learn that once again he has teamed up with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in a new film, The Irishman, which is now streaming on Netflix. In the meantime Pesci has put his Jersey Shore waterfront home up for sale in Lavallette, New Jersey with his sights focused on a future of returning to warm California sunshine. It is priced at $6.5 million.Must SeeTop 10 Florida Condos For Sale
Built in 1990, the 7,200-square-foot contemporary with an Art Deco vibe is located in the West Point Island neighborhood, protected from Atlantic storms on Barnegat Bay and only a short bicycle ride to the beach. Bright, airy and spacious and taking full advantage of the beautiful view, the eight-bedroom, eight-bath home has an open floor plan with large rooms perfect for large parties that spill out to the spacious pool terrace at the water’s edge with boat dock beyond. The gated property is completely fenced with a large motor court that can accommodate multiple guests as well as a two-car garage for the owner. Upon entering, a dramatic free-standing curved staircase sets the stage for the living areas. With white rooms filled with light and the backdrop of the bay through floor-to-ceiling windows, the living room with its two seating areas and pianos hint at musical get togethers. The large eat-in kitchen with island is perfect for preparing large meals for dinner guests in the dining room encircled by glass doors opening to the pool terrace and bay. The comfortable media room walls are decorated with posters from Pesci’s films and because his first job was as a barber, a barber’s chair occupies one corner as a poignant reminder. The upper level, which can also be reached by elevator, contains bedrooms and an office, all with upper terraces and spectacular views. A downstairs party room next to the pool and spa has its own kitchen for entertaining.
Many celebrities who were born and raised in New Jersey have permanent or part-time homes up and down the Jersey Shore similar to Joe. From makeup mogul Bobbi Brown to Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, author Mary Higgins Clark and many more, the shore is awash in glitterati.
After making 34 films, Joe Pesci has cut his second album, Vincent LaGuardia Gambini Sings Just for You, named after his character in My Cousin Vinny. This second album comes 30 years after his first, which was where he started in the entertainment business. He was deeply involved in the music industry until acting in the film The Death Collector, which grabbed the attention of Martin Scorsese - and his film career was born.
Academy Award-winning actor for his role in Goodfellas, Joe Pesci is selling his Jersey Shore waterfront mansion which has been his home for almost 30 years. He plans on relocating to California for year-round sunshine and to get in some extra golf. Priced at $6.5 million, the listing agent is Michael Puccio of RE/MAX Central, North Manalapan, New Jersey.
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