Be American Pharoah’s (Owner’s) Neighbor: Teaneck Tudor On The Market For $1.2m

AMERICAN PHAROAH OWNER AHMAD ZAYAT, WHO MADE HIS FORTUNE BUYING AND SELLING AN EGYPTIAN BEVERAGE COMPANY AND WHOSE TRIPLE CROWN-WINNING HORSE IS NOW WORTH TENS OF MILLIONS IN BREEDING RIGHTS, LIVES NOT IN NEW JERSEY’S HORSE COUNTRY AROUND COLTS NECK OR IN SPRAWLING MEGA-MANSION IN RITZY SADDLE RIVER OR ALPINE.

American Pharoah owner Ahmad Zayat, who made his fortune buying and selling an Egyptian beverage company and whose Triple Crown-winning horse is now worth tens of millions in breeding rights, lives not in New Jersey’s horse country around Colts Neck or in sprawling mega-mansion in ritzy Saddle River or Alpine.

Home for Zayat, an Orthodox Jew, and his family has long been the middle-class town of Teaneck, one of New Jersey’s most vibrant enclaves of observant Jews. Yes, he lives in an impressive Mediterranean-style home and doubled the size of his property a decade ago by purchasing the lot behind his home. But it’s not entirely out of place among the three- and four-bedroom Tudors and Colonials that dominate Teaneck.

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Jockey Victor Espinoza of American Pharoah celebrates by spraying owner Ahmed Zayat with champagne in winner’s circle after winning the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. 

A couple of blocks away you’ll find a home on the market indicative this part of town: A Tudor Colonial priced at $1.2 million, according toZillow.com. It has a formal living room and dining room, a wood-paneled family room with a bay window and skylight, and a large renovated eat-in kitchen with double sinks and double dishwashers for kosher purposes.

There is a master suite with a dressing area, master bathroom and office, and three additional bedrooms on the second floor, plus a rec room, guest room and full bath in the attic. Taxes are $27,972.

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