Monday, September 04, 2006

Who's on first?

From the Record:

Lou's on first, but never lived in Wayne

Did Paterson native Lou Costello build the white stucco Spanish-style villa that's for sale on Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne?

The real estate agent who listed the house at $870,000 thought so, and advertised it that way.

But the comedian's daughter said: No way.

"I can tell you assuredly and with 100 percent certainty that my father never lived in Wayne or built a house there," said Christine Costello, reached at her home in Los Angeles.

The listing for the house, still up on the Coldwell Banker Web site Thursday evening, says it was "originally built in 1925 by Lou Costello in replica of his own Hollywood mansion."
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How the name of Lou Costello came to be attached to the house is a bit of a mystery. Robert Lindsay, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker, said the story came from the house's owners, who said the previous owner had a plaque that mentioned Costello. (Neither of these owners could be reached by The Record, and the plaque – if it existed at all – is apparently lost to history.)
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He said Thursday that he would remove the Costello reference from the Internet listing.

In any case, he said, the house is under contract, commanding the full asking price to a buyer who plans to turn it into an office building. Costello's name was not an attraction for the buyer, and Lindsay said he never thought it would be a key selling point -- just an unusual feature that was worth mentioning in the listing.
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State Real Estate Commission spokesman Marshall McKnight said he could not comment on this case, but e-mailed language from the New Jersey real estate advertising rules, which bar "false, misleading or deceptive claims."

5 Comments:

Anonymous gary said...

Get Suzanne to research tis one.

9/04/2006 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous gary said...

tis = this

9/04/2006 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when George Costanza bought Joh(n) Voight's car?

9/04/2006 05:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe sharp james is buying the
building.

9/05/2006 06:32:00 AM  
Blogger thatbigwindow said...

most ethical profession...ever!

9/05/2006 10:00:00 AM  

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