Looking for a little bit of inspiration? See where your favorite author’s called home.
There’s been some recent excitement of late when a castle resembling the home of the world’s favorite prince of darkness went on the market. The Romanian landmark is actually called Bran Castle and it resembles the description of the fortress in Bram Stoker’s beloved novel. It’s believed Bran read about the cliffside location in a book or saw an illustration while composing the draft for his legendary bloodsucker tale. The 57-room, 22-acre manor attracts more than 560,000 tourists each year and currently functions as a museum. One very important thing to note for potential buyers: the castle doesn’t have any bathrooms.
J.K. Rowling’s country estate
The lady who dreamed up Hogwarts cannot be expected to live in anything other than a secluded rolling estate with castle like touches. The Harry Potter author calls this Perthshire, Scotland, estate home.
Norman Mailer’s house
Who wouldn’t want to move into the beachfront home of outspoken novelist Norman Mailer? The Provincetown, Massachusetts 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. We can envision him sipping a cocktail on the deck or staring out the window of his sun porch bar.
Victor Hugo’s exile estate, Guernsey
Literary lovers can walk in the footsteps of one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th Century.French author and p
oet Victor Hugo spent 15 years in exile in Guernsey from 1855 and the island provided the inspiration for many of his fine works, including Les Miserables and Toilers of the Sea. He fell in love with Guernsey and his island home, Hauteville House, offers fans of his work a chance to experience how he lived – and see where he wrote some of his most famous books and poems.
Ernest Hemingway’s childhood home
One of the three homes in Oak Park, Illinois that surly scribe Ernest Hemingway lived in as a child, known as the Hemingway Interim House, was put up for sale in February. Built around 1877, the Gothic Revival-style residence was originally located on Grove Avenue, but was moved to a different street in 1999 to make room for the Oak Park Public Library expansion. Some recent updates added to the natural beauty of the structure.