'Run's House' Producer Sells House Too
'Run's House' Producer Sells House Too
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
As we reported earlier, Rev. Run, also known as Joseph Simmons, has put up for sale his mansion featured on the MTV show Run’s House. Simultaneously, his brother, Russell Simmons, who also serves as the producer of the reality series, is also giving up his manor in the Garden State.

While the Run’s House star is asking $5.5 million for his estate in Saddle River, his older brother Russell Simmons wants $23.9 million for his sprawling 10-bedroom estate just a couple of miles away. Sitting amid landscaped gardens with a cobblestone circular driveway, the striking estate includes a home theater with ticket booth and popcorn machine, indoor and outdoor pools with waterfalls and a wine cellar complete with tasting rooms.

Compared to Russell Simmons’ house, Rev. Run’s property is just a little less luxurious. Consisting of six bedrooms, it all comes complete with a home theater and lounge hot tub.  Rev. Run’s wife Justine has supervised the top-to-bottom renovation of the stately brick-and-stucco home.

"For all its grandeur, it's still a home," Jeffrey Checkley of Weichert Realtors, the Rev. Run’s real estate agent, said.  "She is a wonderful decorator and has a great eye for understated elegance. They've created a wonderful environment."

Rev. Run bought his mansion for $1.6 million in 2003 and spent most of the past four years restoring the place but for Russell Simmons, he acquired his property six years ago for $13.5 million.

Russell Simmons, a 49-year-old music and fashion mogul, currently ranks third as the richest hip-hop entertainer.  With a net-worth estimate of $325 million, he is only behind Jay-Z, who ranks in second place at $340 million and Diddy who is in first place at $346 million.  His endeavors include the clothing fashion line Phat Farm, the hip-hop label Def Jam, and the Russell Simmons Music Group.

-Kris, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NY Daily News
(Image courtesy of NY Daily News)