Truman Capote’s home for sale: perfect setting for breakfast in Brooklyn

July 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM 1 comment

This is a legacy post from the blog which is now maintained as an archive within the Zoopla blog. Links have been preserved.’s thoughts have turned to American literature – there seems to be connections everywhere of late. First, Victoria and David Beckham call their daughter Harper – we like to think it’s after the great Harper Lee – author of  To Kill A Mockingbird. And now, comes news that the former New York home of Lee’s great friend Truman Capote is still on the market – despite a hefty price cut from £11 million to £9.7 million earlier this year.

Capote lived in the garden apartment of the distinctive bright yellow 70 Willow Street, Brooklyn for ten years between 1955 and 1965 as a tenant of the artist Oliver Smith. The story goes that Smith was often away travelling and during these times Capote would move upstairs, invite guests over and play lord of the manor instead of  tenant.

While living at 70 Willow Street, Capote penned some of his most famous books including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood and a short story called A House in the Heights, a tribute to 70 Willow Street in which he summed up his feelings about his home: “I live in Brooklyn by choice”.

Today, 70 Willow Street, which is for sale through Sotheby’s International, is no longer divided, but stands as a single residence, specifically a five-storey townhouse with 11 bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 11 fireplaces and 38 windows.

Built in 1839, it’s had a long process of renovations over the past few years, but retains many of its original charms, incuding a rather lovely porch that run across the rear of the house leading to a lush looking garden.

Inside, things are grand and decadent enough to make Holly Golightly feel at home. There’s even  a three-storey mahogany staircase with a rosette oculus window at the top – something you don’t see every day.

The home first came onto the market in May 2010, had its priced slashed by £1.3m earlier this year and remains for sale.

We wonder if anyone’s told the Beckhams yet …

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Sandy Bodnar  |  July 23, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    As a Toronto (Canada) realtor I love this house & can appreciate it. The history behind it is fabulous. Would love to own it or just spend a week, living and marvelling in it. Sandy


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