Forget buying first editions, or even a letter written by a beloved author. Think grand scale….how about real estate? Here is a listing of literary abodes currently on the market:
The Romanian landmark known as Dracula’s Castle, actually called Bran Castle, resembles the description of the fortress in Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Though the author never visited, it’s believed he read about the location in a book or saw illustrations while composing the draft for his legendary tale. The 57-room, 22-acre manor attracts more than 560,000 tourists each year and currently functions as a museum. Important note for potential buyers: Drac’s castle doesn’t have any bathrooms.
Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury’s home is on the market. The 1937 Cheviot Hills residence is going for $1.49 million and features vaulted ceilings, a cozy brick fireplace, specialty molding, and a full basement —where Bradbury wrote daily.
The childhood home of Beverly Cleary is looking for a new owner. Cleary took inspiration from the 1910 bungalow she grew up in, situated in northeast Portland. The house is on Hancock St, just blocks from Klickitat St — the fictional home of Henry Huggins and the Quimby sisters, Ramona and Beezus. The home is also located near the Beverly Cleary School and the Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park.
Who wouldn’t want to move into the beachfront home of outspoken novelist Norman Mailer? The Provincetown, Mass. spot is going for $3.9 million, but the history of the house is priceless. Mailer wrote there from his third-floor study, boxed in the basement, and played poker in the dining room.
One of the three childhood homes of Ernest Hemingway in Oak Park, Illinois was put up for sale this past February. Built around 1877, the Gothic Revival-style residence was originally located on Grove Avenue, but was moved in 1999 to make room for the Oak Park Public Library expansion.
The Elms is the 1745 estate where Rudyard Kipling penned his classic Just So Stories for Little Children. It’s in the coastal East Sussex village of Rottingdean. The current asking price is $2.4 million
The opulent 10,000-square-foot El Fureidis estate in Montecito, California is famously known as the “Scarface house.” The location was used as the site for outdoor shots of Tony Montana’s Coral Gables pad in the 1983 film. The 1906 mansion also has a literary history. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann lived there. The Death in Venice author entertained guests who included Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein. The tropical $35 million-dollar manor contains four bedrooms and nine bathrooms.