'Real Housewife' Caroline Manzo Will Soon Be Living in Poverty

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Caroline ManzoMost people will agree that it's pretty tough to give up a luxury lifestyle if you've been accustomed to it for a long period of time, but Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is about ready to sell her lavish mansion and move into an apartment.

She's talked about putting her Franklin Lakes, N.J. home on the market for a few months now, but before she officially lists the place, it sounds like she wants to make sure the transition from a huge house to the much smaller quarters of an apartment is actually doable. (You have to admit, it's a pretty big switch.)

She tweeted about her new home search last week, saying:  "Apartment 4 me/hubby/ @Laurenmanzo - checking out the lifestyle - b4 we sell house."

Yeah -- something tells me "checking out the lifestyle" is probably a good idea before she unloads that mansion of hers once and for all. Granted, there are some pretty swanky apartment buildings in and around the New Jersey and New York City areas -- but living in a building that houses multiple units and having your neighbors right on top of you is a far cry from having a fancy-schmancy whopper of a house that offers plenty of privacy and room to entertain.

But even though living in an apartment is much different than life in the 'burbs, Caroline might actually fall in love with the idea of having more freedom to come and go as she pleases. Considering her kids are grown, maybe having a home where all she really has to worry about is locking her door before she leaves the house and heads out for a night on the town is pretty attractive. Dealing with things like keeping the grounds of your home perfectly landscaped and shoveling snow in the winter aren't exactly perks -- though it's highly unlikely she does any of those things on her own now. Oh well, at least with the apartment lifestyle, she'll have less people to hire.

Do you plan on downsizing and moving to an apartment once your kids grow up?

 

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