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By: Hadassa Kalatizadeh

Two Manhattan townhouses, where iconic American novelist John Steinbeck once resided, have hit the market, asking $18 million in total.  The homes, located on East 78th Street, can also be sold separately, with a price tag of $8.95 each.

As reported by the NY Post, Steinbeck, who was one of the greatest all-time authors in the country, lived in one of the townhomes and rented the other out between 1946 and 1948.  The author of some 30 books, who died in 1968 at the age of 66, John Steinbeck was best known for his classic novels, “Of Mice and Men,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” and “East of Eden”. In 1962, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in literature “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humor and keen social perception.”

The red-brick townhouses have since been owned by a single family for the past 55 years.  Each of the homes stands four-stories tall and offers 3,000 square feet of space, boasting four bedrooms.  There is generous outdoor space–roughly 2,000 square feet combined.  One of the homes has been revamped with modern finishes, while the second is said to retain its “old-school charm,” with tall ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, an elevator and a sculptural staircase.

The listing is being handled by Corcoran Realty’s Elizabeth Sahlman, Meredith Verona, Becca Schreiber and Lorand Kovacs. “It is extremely rare that you can have two houses that are perfectly aligned and can be joined and be one house and have an almost [60 foot by 40 foot backyard that spans the width of the property] and on a beautiful townhouse block,” Sahlman told Mansion Global.  “And also that it was once inhabited by John Steinbeck.”  The realtors also lauded the homes’ location.  “It’s right in the center of everything: the best markets, all transportation, you’re close to Central Park, you’ve got a garage right across the street,” said Verona. “The convenience factor is huge and it’s a very pretty tree-lined street.”

Steinbeck, who was born in California, lived the final years of his life in an apartment on the 34th floor of a high-rise building at 190 E. 72nd St.  As per the Post, that smaller home, which included his personal desk, sold in 2018 asking $4.95 million.

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