Inside Whoopi Goldberg’s 95-Year-Old NJ Home Where She Lives, Hosts Her Family & Feeds Her Cat

Edduin Carvajal
Jan 14, 2022
10:20 A.M.
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Whoopi Goldberg's successful foray into the entertainment industry dates back to the 1980s, so it is no surprise that she lives in a stunning mansion built in a gated community established in the 1850s.

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With outstanding performances in "The Color Purple," "Ghost," and "Sister Act," Whoopi Goldberg won over America's heart and made millions.

At 66, she is enjoying life in a luxurious Georgian Colonial-style mansion in New Jersey. Initially, the Manhattan-born actress didn't want to leave New York, but being in the Big Apple eventually became uncomfortable.

Whoopi Goldberg on July 11, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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ECLECTIC VIBES

Goldberg's film breakthrough came in 1985 when she portrayed Celie in "The Color Purple." Since then, she has been one of the most recognizable actresses in Hollywood.

When she joined the daytime talk show "The View" in 2007, dealing with fame became more challenging. She owned a loft on Wooster Street, Manhattan, but it stopped feeling like a retreat. 

Whoopi Goldberg's New Jersey's mansion | Photo: Facebook/Michael McCrudden

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The actress admitted she was "a bit besieged," so her business partner Tom Leonardis told her she should buy a property in New Jersey.

She was not a fan of his suggestion initially but eventually felt she needed to leave New York. In 2009, she bought a 9,486-square-foot mansion in the gated community of Llewellyn Park, New Jersey, for $2.8 million.

Whoopi Goldberg in her New Jersey's mansion | Photo: Facebook/Michael McCrudden

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The 425-acre community is 14 miles away from lower Manhattan, was established in the 1850s, and was reportedly one of the first planned communities in the United States. 

Goldberg's mansion was built in 1927 by a wealthy man she called "the chicken king," It was love at first sight. Although she looked at another house in the area before deciding, she felt the house was built for her.

Whoopi Goldberg from her New Jersey's mansion | Photo: YouTube/The View

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Although the entire mansion is stunning, the inner sanctum of her main bedroom is the most striking. It is furnished with a Deco suite of mahogany furniture and filled with her favorite paintings and pictures.

Goldberg's New Jersey property might be almost 100 years old, but it has all the amenities modern mansions have.

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Elizabeth Taylor was crucial in Goldberg's love for collecting, which started in 1985. Taylor kept giving her career and financial advice, and she became "sort of eclectic." Goldberg explained

"The periods kind of clash all over the house, which is great for me—it feels like you can hang out. It's formal, and yet it doesn't give a [expletive]."

Decoration in Whoopi Goldberg's New Jersey's mansion | Photo: Facebook/Michael McCrudden

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COZY AND CLASSIC HOME

Goldberg's mansion has eight bedrooms, six full and two half bathrooms, but it has 23 rooms in total. Apart from the entrance hall and paneled living room, it also features a banquet hall-sized dining room and a family room.

The actress also has an eat-in kitchen with a large island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and cream-colored cabinetry. 

Whoopi Goldberg posing in her bathroom in New Jersey's mansion | Photo: Facebook/Michael McCrudden

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Goldberg's New Jersey property might be almost 100 years old, but it has all the amenities modern mansions have, including an indoor gym, a pool, an outdoor patio, and a wine cellar in the basement. 

Since she considers herself a "bit agoraphobic" who doesn't like to go out much, she prefers to invite her daughter Alexandrea Martin, grandchildren, and friends over for dinner parties.

Photos on Whoopi Goldberg's New Jersey's mansion | Photo: Facebook/Michael McCrudden

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The way she decorated the home shows she deeply cares about her family. For example, her dresser has photos of civil rights activist Josephine Baker, Goldberg with her grandchild, Goldberg's mother cradling her great-grandkid, and a few other pictures. 

While most people would have their award collection right past the front door, Goldberg has her Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards stashed away at the top of her mansion with her collection of rare books.

Whoopi Goldberg's awards and books in her New Jersey mansion | Photo: Facebook/Michael McCrudden

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Although Goldberg doesn't frequently post on social media, she has uploaded photos of her family gatherings at home.

Goldberg revealed she tested positive for coronavirus.

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SOCIAL DISTANCING AND DEALING WITH HEALTH ISSUES

Although Goldberg has accomplished a lot in her life and career, things have not always been easy. In August 2021, she had to take a week off from "The View" and later explained she was in the hospital due to sciatica

She described the condition as a bulging disc in her back that impacts her sciatic nerve and sends pain down her leg. Although she tried to move it, it was impossible. She eventually got better, but she needed a walker. Goldberg said

"I didn't know that I needed [a walker]. And you know what? My first step with the walker, this is my new best friend. I'm just gliding along."

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That was not the first time the actress needed some time off, though. In late 2019, she had a severe case of pneumonia and sepsis that almost killed her.

Her condition worsened by February 2020 when she could hardly breathe. Her doctor confessed she had a 30 percent chance of dying, especially because of her sepsis. She was hospitalized for weeks but luckily survived.

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Given Goldberg's past health issues, she hosted some "The View" episodes from her New Jersey home. "The View" co-host Joy Behar also stayed home during the coronavirus outbreak. 

In January 2022, Goldberg revealed she tested positive for coronavirus. Her co-hosts admitted to being worried about her due to her pneumonia bout, but Goldberg was not because "whatever your body decides it's going to do is what you have to roll with."

The actress pointed out that her coronavirus case could have been much worse, but it wasn't. She credited her three vaccines for her relatively tranquil COVID bout.

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MARRIAGE IS NOT FOR HER

Although Goldberg has been married three times, she has admitted marriage was not for her because she didn't want anybody questioning her actions. 

She had boyfriends and tied the knot with three of them (Alvin Martin, David Claessen, and Lyle Trachtenberg) because that's what people expected from her.

However, she didn't want to share information with them or make them feel better. Eventually, Goldberg noticed she was happier on her own and didn't need to live with somebody forever. The "Furlough" star never ceases to surprise!

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