Melissa & Joe Gorga Rent a Downsized $4,500/Month New Jersey Panty-Dropping Palace

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While Teresa Giudice is hoping to dodge jail time under her own swanky roof in New Jersey, her sister-in-law moved into new digs.

And it’s not quite what you’d expect from the high-rolling reality star who just sold her colossal crib for $3.8 million. Let CB! take you inside for the first time.

Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga and house hubby Joe Gorga are calling this $4,500 a month Franklin Lakes pad their temporary home away from home while their dream house is being built.

Coming in at 3,700 square feet, it’s a far cry from the 13,500 square foot Montville Township McMansion made famous on the hit Bravo show.

We’re sure Melissa will try to fancy up the place with her over-the-top taste in decor, but the brick Colonial already has a few built-in charming details from hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings to a pretty parklike backyard for their three kiddos.

Though it’s missing all the bells and whistles of Chateau Gorga — 6 bedrooms, 6.5 baths, Italian marble, sweeping double staircases, decorative moldings, 4 fireplaces, enormous kitchen, billiards room, screening room, and library, to boot.

Melissa’s just going to have to settle with 4 bedrooms and (gasp) 2 baths for now. We can’t wait to see how she handles this next season.

The upside — they’re saving a ton on housekeeping.

Peek inside the Gorgas part-time pad in the CB! gallery above.