Truman Capote's Brooklyn Heights Home Could Set Real Estate Record
A home in the Brooklyn Heights area of New York City may set a record for a Brooklyn real estate sale. The NY Daily News reports that the 11-bedroom mansion where Truman Capote wrote "Breakfast at Tiffany's" has hit the market for $18 million with Sotheby's Realty. The five-story Greek Revival townhouse was built in 1839 and has details that a Southerner like Capote might approve of including a columned porch along the rear of the house. Other gracious details include the elliptical mahogany staircase with rosette oculus window at the top, a double parlor with high ceilings and 11 fireplaces. There are two kitchens, a master suite with a bath and walk-in closet, an artist's studio and library. One of the best features of the home might be the small but delightful rear garden.
The Daily News says that the home was owned in the 1950s by Broadway art director Oliver Smith, who rented the house's garden apartment to Capote from 1955 to 1965. Legend has it that Capote would throw lavish parties when Smith left town. Capote also spent time in the Hamptons, living in a Sagaponack home which was on sale last year.