Capote Townhouse On Sale for $18M

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" was penned by the author here

By Krissy Dolor
|  Monday, May 10, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM EDT
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Capote Townhouse On Sale for $18M

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The Brooklyn Heights home where Truman Capote lived and wrote "Breakfast at Tiffany's," among other works, is now on sale for $18 million.

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Want to live where Truman Capote wrote some of his most famous works, including "Breakfast at Tiffany's?" It's all yours - if you have a cool $18 million to spare.

Sotheby's International Realty announced Monday that the 11-bedroom mansion in Brooklyn Heights is on the market for only the third time in 70 years. Karen Heyman, a Sotheby agent, told the AP that the building is expected to break record sales in the borough to become one of the most expensive townhouses in history.

The famous author rented a basement apartment on 70 Willow St. for 10 years in the 1950s and 1960s, said the AP. The NY Daily News reports that with 18 rooms, 11 fireplaces, four-car parking, a mural copied from the Kennedy White House, a back porch and a garden, the Brooklyn mansion is considered to be the "finest house in the borough's finest neighborhood."

"It's like living in a country estate in the middle of New York City," Heyman told the News. "It takes your breath away the minute you walk in."

Built in 1839, Capote rented his space from Broadway's Oliver Smith, the set designer for "Guys and Dolls" and "West Side Story." In addition to "Breakfast at Tiffany's," featuring New York's iconic lady of the night, Holly Golightly, Capote also wrote "In Cold Blood," his famous nonfiction novel about the murder of a family in Kansas , as well as the essay "A House on the Heights," based on his experience in the neighborhood.

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