Alicia Keys has found a promised land for her new baby Egypt in Englewood, N.J. The Daily News has learned that the 15-time Grammy winner……her producer husband Swizz Beatz, and little Egypt are in contract to buy Eddie Murphy‘s estate in the tony town for a price of around $12 million.
“The closing has been delayed for months but they’re almost there,” said a local real estate source close to the deal who wished to remain anonymous. “When she closes, she’ll buy the two-acre lot behind the house, too.”
Named Bubble Hill, the five-acre brick mansion was put on the market seven years ago for $30 million. It has a bowling alley, indoor pool, marble fireplaces, and private recording studio.
It also has a wood-clad spa with multiple stations for hair and makeup.
It’s a big step up from the singer’s humble beginnings. Raised by a single mother in Hell’s Kitchen, Keys appeared on “The Cosby Show” at age 4 and then graduated from the Professional Performing Arts School in her old neighborhood.
Keys grew up in Manhattan Plaza, a well-known building that provides affordable housing for artist on 43rd St. off 10th Avenue.
Her first album, “Songs in A-Minor” included the mega-hit single “Fallin,” which rose to number one on U.S. charts and number three in Great Britain. “Fallin” won five Grammys in 2002.
Since then, Keys has won 10 additional Grammys and become one of the world’s most celebrated R&B performers.
More recently, the singer has a habit of buying major houses from fellow celebrities. In 2010, she purchased Lenny Kravitz’s Crosby Street loft for $14.5 million. She put that 16-room home on the market for $17.95 million in March to move ahead with her purchase of Murphy’s home two months later in May.
Englewood and surrounding towns are a hotbed for celebrities. Rapper Diddy, Yankee great C.C. Sabathia, former Knick Patrick Ewing, and fashion designer Elie Tahari own homes in nearby Alpine, located minutes from the George Washington Bridge.
“This is the closest mileage to New York City for anyone on Wall St. or in the music industry,” says Coldwell Banker’s Michele Kolsky, who just passed the $1 billion career sales mark with her son Michael. “It may not be as pretty as Greenwich, but only here can you have a house like this, come home to tuck your kids in bed and be back in the city 20 minutes later.”
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