Shelves filled with books and various oddities, over-sized, velvet furniture and lofted ceilings — Norman Mailer’s Brooklyn apartment exudes creativity and the arts.

Mailer passed away in 2007 at age 84 and his eclectic and nautical-themed home — described by The New York Times as a “quirky cross between a Victorian parlor and the cabin of a sailing yacht” — was recently listed on the Manhattan real estate market for $2,500,000.

Recipient of the National Book Award, and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Mailer was a prolific,  celebrated author. His works, along with Truman Capote, fell into the creative non-fiction, or New Journalism genre and often spent weeks on The New York Times bestseller’s list. His most popular titles include “The Naked and The Dead,” “The Executioner’s Song,” and his final works were based on the childhood of Adolf Hitler, “The Castle in the Forest.” Mailer was at times controversial, gaining notoriety for his ego, as well as stories of prodigious drinking and womanizing.

The Brooklyn Heights building was built in 1840 and redesigned by Mailer in the 1960s to reflect a ship’s interior. Lofts inside a “soaring glass A-frame” rise from the center of the penthouse and are accessible by wooden ladders. The balcony and lofted areas, which can be used as two sleeping chambers or dens, have glass walls that provide completely unobstructed views of the central New York skyline. The two-level penthouse, (three floors if you include the lofts), encompasses a total of 2,391 sq ft, and include 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The home also includes a recently remodeled chef’s kitchen which “opens onto a cozier desk or dining spot.” The third bedroom or study, with large closet and attached bath with shower, is located on the bottom floor and is accessed by a common hallway.

Agent Delores Grant of Corcoran Real Estate holds the listing.

About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

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