Writers are known much more for their way with words than for their ability to put impressive roofs over their heads. Of course, there are many exceptions, and their names can be found on the bestseller lists.
One notable writer’s home came to the spotlight earlier this year when Truman Capote’s former townhouse, originally listed for $18 million, sold for $12 million to Dan Houser, creator of "Grand Theft Auto."
The 11-bedroom, seven-bath house is the most expensive single-family home ever sold in Brooklyn’s most exclusive neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights, where numerous famous writers have managed to find shelter: W.H. Auden, Thomas Wolfe, Walt Whitman, Carson McCullers and Arthur Miller.
Given that bit of real estate intrigue, it’s high time to investigate the digs of other writers. Using photos from Realtor.com and other sources, here are five homes of famous authors, both living and deceased.
Location: Bangor, Maine
Even if you didn’t know whom it belongs to, it wouldn’t be hard to guess that this 150-year-old Italianate mansion belongs to Bangor’s most famous resident, horror writer Stephen King, and his wife, novelist Tabitha King. It’s also known as the William Arnold House and is said to have been built for $7,000 in 1856.
The Kings have lived here since 1980. A car crashed into the emblematic spider web gates in 2010, nearly destroying them, but after an extensive repair job, they are back looking fresh as wrought iron spider webs can be.