Dracula’s castle is currently up for sale — at least we think it’s Dracula’s castle. The Romanian landmark is actually called Bran Castle, and it resembles the description of the fortress in Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Although the author never paid a trip to Bran, it’s believed he 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: Drac’s castle doesn’t have any bathrooms.
Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury’s home is now on the market. The 1937 Cheviot Hills residence is going for $1.495 million and features vaulted ceilings, a cozy brick fireplace, specialty molding, and a full basement — the spot where Bradbury wrote daily. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made, or a garden planted,” Bradbury once opined. “Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.”
The childhood home of one of America’s most successful children’s lit authors is looking for a new owner. Beverly Cleary took inspiration from the 1910 bungalow she grew up in, situated in northeast Portland. The house is on Hancock street, which is just blocks from Klickitat Street — 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 Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden at Grant Park. We’re pretty jealous that students at the school will be granted tours while the home is on the market.
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 sunporch bar.
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.
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 has a literary history, too. Nobel Prize-winning novelist Thomas Mann also lived there. The Death in Veniceauthor entertained guests that included Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein.