I didn't even need any fancy mouse tricks, just a little effort Tom Coughlin and his wife Judith bought the three-bedroom home in the Bears Nest development in 2004, the year he became head coach for the Giants, for $1.225 million. (Zillow)Vicki Hyman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com Giants coach Tom Coughlin is saying goodbye to the Park Ridge townhouse in which he and wife Judith have lived since moving to New Jersey in 2004. The 4,287-square-foot home in the luxury gated Bears Nest development is on the market for $1.175 million, according to the Zillow listing.That's $50,000 less than what he paid when he moved from Jacksonville, Fla., where he had coached to the NFL expansion team the Jaguars to two AFC championship games before being cut loose in 2002.The Giants lay an egg with a lot on the line
The three-bedroom, four-bath townhouse was built in 2002 in the English Tudor village-style development designed by Eleanore Pettersen, who apprenticed under Frank Lloyd Wright and who built former President Richard Nixon's Saddle River home. (Nixon also lived in Bears Nest in his final years.) The development features a club house with dining room, billiards room, and gymnasium, plus a swimming pool, hot tub, putting green, bocce court and tennis courts. Taxes are $19,409, records show. Coughlin, 69, also owns a house in Atlantic Beach, Fla., from his days as the Jaguars coach — Coughlin's daughter Keli told the Florida Times-Union last year that her parents plan to live there full-time when he decides to retire. Real estate records show the couple appear to have purchased another, smaller townhome in Wyckoff in May for $720,000, although it's unclear if they are living in it or are planning to live there. After a bad loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the Giants are 5-6 and struggling to get into the postseason. There has been speculation for several years that Coughlin — the oldest head coach in the NFL — has been on the verge of retirement. Real estate transactions are likely to fuel those rumors.