Source: Princeton University

Painters have studios and athletes perform on courts or in gyms, but most authors can choose to write wherever they find inspiration.

Toni Morrison’s home is filled with little nooks and spots perfect for such creative inspiration. It’s listed on the Princeton real estate market for $1,795,000. Unlike many real estate markets, current Princeton home values are high and increasing 5.3 percent year-over-year.

Morrison has received numerous accolades for her books, including a 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book “Beloved” and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. Other acclaimed Morrison titles include “Song of Solomon,” and “The Bluest Eye.”

According to the listing, Morrison purchased the house in 2003 while teaching at Princeton University. From 1989 to her retirement in 2006, Morrison held the Robert F. Goheen Chair in the Humanities at Princeton.

Morrison’s home was built in 1880 and boasts an impressive seven gables. The home sits on a large corner lot less than a mile from Princeton University campus, and less than an hour’s driving distance from New York City.

Morrison purchased the home for $1,380,000 in 2003 and completely renovated it. The “dramatic transformation” includes an updated gourmet kitchen, and lavish master bath and hall bath. An additional kitchen operates as a caterer’s kitchen and has up-to-date gourmet appliances. Walls of the house are white-washed wood which only magnifies the light-filled space.

The home has 1,840 square feet of living space, with a total of 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. The house also features a covered rear porch and landscaped back yard.

The listing is held by agent Judson R. Henderson of Sotheby’s International Realty.

About the Author

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

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