Montclair: Yogi Berra House For Sale

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 10:00pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Yogi and Carmen Berra raised their family at 19 Highland Avenue in Montclair. The home is now listed for $888,000.

Yogi and Carmen Berra lived at 19 Highland Avenue in Montclair. The home is now listed at $888,000.

Legendary sports hero Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen spent many happy years at 19 Highland Avenue in Montclair. The Highland Avenue home, which they purchased in 1974 (they first moved to Montclair in 1958 and raised their kids in a seven-bedroom Tudor-style home) inspired Berra’s oft quoted saying, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

Carmen passed away in March at an area assisted living facility, where the couple had been living for some time. Now the home is for sale, listed for $888,000.

Listing agent Julie Rowley of Keller Williams says the Berra family decided to sell the house last year and went through the process of readying it for sale, but seeing the virtual tour was still emotional. The list price of $888,000 is a nod to Yogi, who wore #8. (All dimensions on the field of Yogi Berra Stadium also end in the number 8 to honor Berra).

The gracious 6-bedroom home, built in 1902, has many of its original details intact, including a magnificent three-story spiral staircase that Carmen Berra fell in love with at first sight.

“It’s a beautiful, elegant home with exquisite architectural charm including many special nooks,” says Rowley.

Taxes are $29,151 on the 0.46 acre property.

Carmen Berra fell in love with the house because of details like this fabulous staircase.

Carmen Berra fell in love with the house because of details like this fabulous staircase.

yogi den

yogi kitchen

14 Comments

  1. POSTED BY kbanda  |  April 29, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    Awww. So sad. Hope Yogi is doing OK. This is one of the most difficult things to deal with.

  2. POSTED BY frankgg  |  April 30, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    Beyond American History and Sports Legend, the Berras will always be the among best of the best.

  3. POSTED BY Conan  |  April 30, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    What frankgg said. Definitely a class act.

  4. POSTED BY lucinda  |  April 30, 2014 @ 11:03 am

    Such a charming house and, more importantly, a wonderfully charming family.

  5. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  April 30, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    When traveling down Highland I always noticed that blue home and how well manicured it was. Never knew that’s where Yogi lived. I always take the fork. I’ve got a whole set.

  6. POSTED BY frankgg  |  April 30, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I will always remember the first Berra House… at Stonebridge Road (their original house at the fork in the road at Stonebridge)

  7. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  April 30, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    frankgg, you mean that expression was based on actual directions to his hose?

  8. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  April 30, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    hose = house. yikes!

  9. POSTED BY frankgg  |  April 30, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    Yes…absolutely! That was apparently how Mr. Berra would give directions to his house, but i remember it being the house at Stonebridge and Wayside…

  10. POSTED BY PAZ  |  May 01, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    I think there will be a bidding war.

  11. POSTED BY unmitigated gall  |  May 01, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    Okay, who knows where Olympia Dukakis’s old house was?

  12. POSTED BY sillyphus  |  May 01, 2014 @ 5:21 pm

    Upper mtn

  13. POSTED BY wildwoodben  |  May 03, 2014 @ 8:50 am

    In Montclair, about 70% of houses listed between $400K and $1,000,000 sell for over the list price, sometimes well over. Not only is the economy healthy around here with plenty of buyers, but we can use more houses to sell to meet demand. Stop by. Weichert, Realtors, 272 Bellevue Ave, Upper Montclair. wildwoodben, aka Carl B. Witzig, sales associate. 973 746-1515 office. 973 632-8593 cell. cwitzig@weichert.com.

  14. POSTED BY frankgg  |  May 03, 2014 @ 8:58 am

    Upper mtn above Watchung and then Undercliff

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