‘Sopranos’ house meme finds humor in 2022 real estate market

‘Sopranos’ house meme finds humor in 2022 real estate market

So insane, it’s criminal. Fans of “The Sopranos” are sarcastically drawing comparisons between the current

So insane, it’s criminal.

Fans of “The Sopranos” are sarcastically drawing comparisons between the current crisis American home buyers are facing — brought on by skyrocketing house prices, rising mortgage rates and fears of a recession — to a so-called simpler time in the 1990s, when Tony Soprano, hardworking New Jersey father-of-two, bought his dream home on a waste management consultant’s salary.

“The Sopranos own this home on a single salary from a husband that only had a semester and a half of college. This was considered normal in 1999 when the show began,” Twitter user @Gabagoolmarx tweeted in February.

In recent days and in light of the current housing horrors, the tweet has found new life, sparking a series of social media posts.

The cast of The Sopranos in front of the West Caldwell, NJ home that appeared on the show.
Back in the 1990s, at least according to “The Sopranos,” a waste management consultant could afford a lavish four-bedroom home in tony North Caldwell, NJ.

The real home, at 14 Aspen Drive in North Caldwell, NJ, was built by Victor and Patti Recchia in the late 1980s; the couple famously put the 4 bedroom, 5,600-square-foot home on the market for $3.4 million, back in 2019. The 1.5-acre property is currently not for sale.

At the time when James Gandolfini’s Soprano — who enjoyed off-the-books income from nefarious criminal enterprises — was first house-hunting in the late ’90s, the 1.5-acre property, nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and featuring a duck-friendly pool, the listing would have been valued at around $2,215,620 in 2022 money.

These days, waste management consultants make around $120,000, according to Glassdoor. Adjusting for that pesky inflation, this would have meant Tony was making a meager $67,400, all off-the-books — not exactly catnip to lenders.

Mr. Soprano’s suspicious set-up inspired social media to consider other lavish real estate holdings once considered in reach for various TV families.

“The Addams Family own this gothic mansion and have several full-time servants despite having no formal employment. This was considered normal in 1964 when the show began,” tweeted @mmmEggSandwich.

Some began to ponder how other fictitious characters managed such lives of luxury in the recent past — such as Kevin McCallister’s dad, Peter (John Heard) in the 1990 smash-hit film, “Home Alone.”

“What did Kevin’s dad do to to be able to afford a house like this, and nine 1st class tickets to Paris?” reads a meme posted by @PeroQueSensible, that pokes fun at how Heard would years later pop in “The Sopranos” as Vin Makazian, a crooked cop on Tony’s payroll.

Fans also called attention to how the unionized Soprano associates always took a pro-labor attitude on their many construction job sites.

“Sopranos believed in full employment, even if there was no work to do,” wrote @Freakanatcha.