Luxury Living Homes of famous authors

Luxury Living: Homes of famous authors

From Connecticut to Kent in southeast England, we present homes with links to such classic works as Desire under the Elms, Lord of the Flies and The Deep Blue Sea — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

Built in the 1940s, this substantial family estate overlooking Bermuda’s south shore was the former home of renowned English playwright Sir Terence Rattigan. A Mediterranean-inspired brick-paved entrance courtyard leads to an elegant six-bedroom, 7,200-square-foot residence. Surrounding the home are three acres of lush gardens with a tennis court, swimming pool, pavilion, and wet bar. The city of Hamilton, Bermuda International Airport, Mid-Ocean and Tucker's Point clubs are all within 15 minutes’ drive.

This oceanfront estate in the Florida Keys was the home of American author Herbert Zim, a prolific editor and writer of children's science books who was best known for the Golden Nature Guides. Located on Plantation Key, an area known as Millionaire's Row, this supremely private property comprises five homes and 7.94 acres, subdivided into eight parcels. The amenities include a protected deepwater boat basin and 400 feet of waterfront with superb ocean views.

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  • Brook Farm Ridgefield, Connecticut

American playwright Eugene O’Neill was inspired to write one of his most famous works, Desire under the Elms, while living at this colonial estate an hour from Manhattan. The historic main residence (also pictured top) is appointed with original period details throughout. The inviting living spaces feature a library, private study with fireplace, gourmet kitchen, seven bedrooms, and three full and four half bathrooms. A family rooms leads out to more than 16 pristine acres. A saltwater pool, pond, walking paths, and detached horse barn are among the outstanding amenities.

The Granary is a charming country home in the bucolic Kent village of Little Chart. Novelist H.E. Bates converted the former granary in 1931 and lived there until his death in 1974. The four-bedroom house and its idyllic gardens inspired many of his novels, including The Purple Plain  and Love for Lydia. The main residence offers 2,950 square feet of inviting living and reception areas. Laid out as series of rooms, the unique grounds include an oak pergola and summer house.

Ebble Thatch, a picturesque thatched cottage in the Wiltshire village of Mead End, near Salisbury, was home to Sir William Golding, Nobel Laureate and author of Lord of the Flies. Golding lived there in 1940 and again from 1958 to 1985, as noted on the Blue Plaque on the home’s façade. The five-bedroom main house is complemented by a detached cottage and delightful gardens with a stream running through it which forms part of the River Ebble.