Run DMC's Rev Run, otherwise known as the Rev. Joseph Simmons, is asking $5,500,000 for the six-bedroom mansion in Saddle River, N.J. where he has filmed his MTV reality series, "Run's House," now in its third season.
First off, we should note that this is not a new listing by any stretch. Run, 42, first listed the house in the fall of 2005 for $5.3 million, right around the time that his series debuted. The Bergen County Record broke the story of Run's listing in October 2005, followed by a November 2005 New York Times article on the listing. More recently, the excellent Real Estalker blog provided her take on the mansion last month.
Run paid $1.6 million in 2003 for the mansion, which sits on 2.03 acres, according to public records, and moved there from his previous house, in the upscale Jamaica Estates area of New York City's Queens borough. Features in the Saddle River mansion include five full baths, two half baths, an indoor basketball court, an eight-seat home theater, a sound studio, a recording booth, a dining room adorned with gold leaf crown molding, a Zen room with a waterfall and a floor made of river stones that Run's wife, Justine, chose at Home Depot and shellacked herself, according to listing information, the October 2005 Bergen County Record story and an article in the May 2007 edition of Essence magazine. Outside are an in-ground pool, a cabana with a fireplace and a koi pond, the Record reported.
When asked by the Bergen County Record in 2005 why the house is on the market, Run's wife, Justine Simmons hinted at wanting a larger house, saying, "I can use more bedrooms actually. I think seven or eight."
Check out a listing sheet for Run's house here.
One item we should note: Saddle River also is the home to Run's brother, rap mogul Russell Simmons, who, along with his soon-to-be-ex-wife Kimora, long has been trying to sell his 35,000-square-foot mansion on 3.96 acres across town. Russell and Kimora paid $13.5 million in 2001 for their 10-bedroom mansion, which is 2.6 miles away from Rev Run's mansion, according to public records.