Ernie Boch Jr.’s ostentatious house on display


There’s conspicuous consumption and then there’s Ernie Boch Jr. That’s the takeaway from a Wall Street Journal story this week about the car dealer’s shrine to himself in Norwood. The piece details Boch’s mansion, which he’s spent 14 years and $30 million renovating. The 16,000-square-foot house has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a media room with an 84-inch screen, a wine cellar controlled by fingerprint entry security, formal gardens with fountains, an indoor pool heated with a geothermal heat pump, and 70 security cameras. He shares the grand space with girlfriend Enza Sambataro, who’s described in the story as a former girlfriend of Ben Affleck. (The paper neglects to mention that she also swapped “I do’s” with ex-Sox player Kevin Youkilis, but never filed the paperwork to make the marriage official.) But our favorite part is still in the planning stages. Boch told the newspaper that he’s working on a 230-square-foot mausoleum where visitors will be able to push a button and hear Neil Young‘s “Light a Candle” while gazing upon his glass-fronted coffin. “It will be a place where people will go to relax,” he says. Like Graceland, but different.

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