New York City Homes Listed by John Steinbeck for $18 Million

If you can pay for these Manhattan properties, which have connections to one of the nation’s greatest authors, you can call yourself the Beast of Eden.

A couple of Manhattan homes that John Steinbeck lived in are up for sale for a total of $18 million.

The residences are located on East 78th Street, also available to buy separately, at $8.95 million apiece.

Steinbeck, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962 – six years before his death – lived in one house while renting the other.

Best known for his work on “About Mice and Men,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” and especially “East of Eden,” Steinbeck, a California native, died at the age of 66 in December 1968.

According to the listing, Steinbeck owned the properties between 1946 and 1948.

Both homes have been owned by the same family for 55 years.

Photograph John Steinbeck looking through monoculars at home in Sag Harbor, New York, 1962.
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Each home spans over 3000 square feet.
Each home spans over 3000 square feet.
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Combined backyards span more than 2,000 square feet.
The common outdoor space spans over 2,000 square feet.
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Formal living room.
Formal sitting room.
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Each house is four stories high, and each red brick house has four bedrooms and each is nearly 3,000 square feet in length.

One of the two homes has been renovated with modern touches and finishes. The other is described as having “old school charm” with a classic design featuring high ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces and a carved staircase. There is also an elevator serving each floor.

Combined, they also have over 2,000 square feet of outdoor space.

The list was made by Elizabeth Sahlman, Meredith Verona, Becca Schreiber and Laurand Kovacs of Corcoran.

One of the kitchens.
One of the two kitchens.
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Formal dining room in one of two homes.
Formal dining room in one of two homes.
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One of four bedrooms in one of two townhouses.
One of four bedrooms in one of two townhouses for sale.
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Another bedroom.
Another bedroom inside.
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“It is very rare for you to have two houses that fit together perfectly and can be joined as one and you have almost a house. [60 foot by 40 foot backyard that spans the width of the property] And in a beautiful country house,” Sahlmann told Mansion Global. “And it was also inhabited by John Steinbeck.”

“It’s in the middle of everything: the best markets, all transportation, you’re close to Central Park, and you have a garage across the street,” Verona added. “The convenience factor is huge and it’s a very beautiful tree lined street.”

Steinbeck’s last home was on the 34th floor of a high-rise at 190 E. 72nd St. , which went on sale in 2018 – and even his old desk.

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