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Joan Didion’s Apartment Is for Sale

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This living room could be yours for $7.5 million. (Oil lamp is not included.)
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Given the opportunity, a surprising number of people seek out Joan Didion’s work. her real estate auction Last year frenzy, wiped out the remnants of her life as an admirer of her writing, her worldview, and even her tastes. The entire mountain brought in over $2 million. High bidders could possibly imagine living Didion’s impeccable, messy yet elegant, exquisitely urban existence. And now, the greatest piece of Didion’s mystery that can be had, where she and her husband, John Gregory Dunne, live, died. just hit the marketrepresented by Serena Boardman of Sotheby’s International Realty, sold for $7.5 million.

Room 11 at 33 East 70th Street, also at 71st Street. Four bedrooms, four and a half baths, and a step-down library adjoining the living room. A slightly dated kitchen with brick red hexagon tiles and a professional stove. (She used to cook. you have seen picturesThere’s a wet bar, as well as miles of bookshelves still painted pale blue. ‘ looks pretty good, and the herringbone floor looks like it’s been refinished. Maintenance costs are a little over $8,000 per month.

The apartment’s herringbone floors appear to have been refinished, and the paint scheme is still that of Didion: white walls, pale blue bookshelves and trim.
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One of the great works of the Didion legend is the definitive “Leaving New York” essay, “Goodbye to All That,” written in 1967. who reads remembers an unfurnished apartment on East 75th off the coast of Madison and yellow silk curtains swaying and tangling in the rain. ) Back east, bought this apartment in 1988The Wall Street crash the year before had its price cut four times before they swooped in. Didion served for a while They spent time on the West Coast and elsewhere, but this was their main residence. Year of Magical Thinkingas she was cooking dinner, he sipped scotch from that very wet bar, he suddenly isn’t“The AB elevator was our elevator, the elevator that the paramedics arrived at at 9:20 p.m., and the paramedics took John (and me) downstairs to the ambulance at 10:05 p.m. It was the elevator and the elevator that I returned alone to our apartment at an unlisted hour,” she wrote. She has also written two of her books and compiled an anthology here. Realized on stage by Vanessa Redgrave,starring documentary about herselfand gave countless interviews Writing from a slipcovered couch about her family and her grief, and about both.

Due to the Didion mystique, one has to wonder if it will sell for a premium. may glorify a writer’s aura of brilliance, but are less likely to pay much for it. But if anyone has such a pull, it’s her. Buyers these days love stories, after all. They tell themselves stories and choose where to live.

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