Melissa Gorga and her husband Joe are planning to build a new home after selling their Montville Township mansion for $3.8 million.
The "Real Housewives of New Jersey" couple put the home on the market last year and say they have already purchased property in Franklin Lakes to build on this fall. Until the home is done, they'll live in a rental.
"We tried Montville, but it just wasn't for us. We want to go back to Franklin Lakes, which is closer to where I work, and we're looking at a couple of properties now," Joe said. "This is what I love to do. I can't wait to begin building another dream home for my family."
Melissa, who has seen her fair share of drama in recent months both on and off the reality show, says she can't wait to make a fresh start.
"I feel like this was meant to be. It happened just in time for the kids to start their first of day of school," she said. "It's going to be a lot of work designing and building the new home, but Joe is an incredible builder and I'm excited to go back to where we started our family."
Melissa has been dealing with Joe's sister, Teresa Giudice, and a years-long catfight that stemmed from Teresa's accusations that Melissa is a gold-digger. Since then, she has accused Joe's wife of being a stripper and of having an affair with an old boyfriend. So far, the Gorgas have laughed off the accusations and say their marriage is stronger than ever.
“They’re trying to break us up,” Joe said.