Booklicious: Wishlist: Truman Capote's Brooklyn Home for Sale

June 01, 2010


When Truman Capote wrote about Holly Golightly's high-flying New York life, he wasn't just working with fantasy. The iconic writer had his own sumptuous world from which to draw, and from 1955 to 1965 he lived in an apartment on Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights, where he threw decadent parties and wrote In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's. In his memoir, A House on the Heights, he wrote lovingly, albeit defensively, of his neighborhood: "I live in Brooklyn. By choice. Those ignorant of its allures are entitled to wonder why." 

Today, hardly anyone can be ignorant of Brooklyn's allure - or of Capote's - which is perhaps why the townhouse in which he lived is on the market for a cool $18 million. So, what will that price tag get you? Five stories, featuring 18 rooms, 11 bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a half bath (9,000 sq. ft.). Two eat-in chef's kitchens, an artist's studio and a library. Eleven fireplaces, 38 windows, and a three-story mahogany staircase. A Charleston porch, a veranda and 2,000 sq. ft. of basement. Oh, and the lingering aura of one of the 20th century's greatest writers. 

Interested? Get in line.


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