‘Sopranos’ house meme finds humor in 2022 housing market

So crazy, it’s criminal.

Fans of ‘The Sopranos’ are drawing sarcastic comparisons between the current crisis facing American homebuyers – caused by soaring house prices, rising mortgage rates and fears of a recession – to a supposedly simpler time in the 1990s, when New Jersey father-of-two Tony Soprano bought his dream home on a waste management consultant’s salary.

“The Sopranos own this house on one salary from a husband who only had a semester and a half of college. It was considered normal in 1999 when the show started,” the Twitter user said. . @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.

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

Back when James Gandolfini’s soprano – who benefited from clandestine income from nefarious criminal enterprises – was first looking for a home in the late 1990s, the 1.5-acre property, nestled at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and with a duck-friendly pool, the listing would have been valued at around $2,215,620 in 2022.

These days, waste management consultants earn around $120,000, according to Glassdoor. Factoring in that pesky inflation, that would have meant Tony earning a paltry $67,400, all off the books — not exactly catnip for lenders.

Mr Soprano’s suspicious setup has inspired social media to consider other lavish real estate once considered within reach of various TV families.

“The Addams family owns this gothic mansion and has several full-time servants despite having no formal employment. This was considered normal in 1964 when the show started. tweeted @mmmEggSandwich.

Some have begun to wonder how other fictional characters have managed such lavish lives in the recent past – like Kevin McCallister’s father, Peter (John Heard) in the hit 1990 film, “Home Alone.”

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

Fans have also drawn attention to how Soprano’s union associates have always adopted a worker-friendly attitude on their many construction sites.

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

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