Asking $2.1M, author E.L. Doctorow’s former Sutton Place home is perfect for any aspiring writer

Posted On Wed, May 26, 2021 By

Posted On Wed, May 26, 2021 By In Celebrities, Cool Listings, Midtown

Photos by Erickson Jaquez, Empire Optix for Sotheby’s International Realty

With a library, built-in bookshelves, and views that could cure writer’s block, this Sutton Place home is perfect for any aspiring novelist. It worked for the apartment’s former owner, the late author E.L. Doctorow, who penned The March, Homer & Langley, and Andrew’s Brain here. Located at 333 East 57th Street, the 3,000-square-foot co-op is now on the market for $2,100,000.

A foyer with a dramatic ceiling leads to a square entry gallery with marble floors and a coat closet that connects to the apartment’s separate wings. To the right of the gallery, is a spacious formal living room that boasts hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace.

On the other side, an eat-in kitchen is nice and bright thanks to two large windows. Tons of cabinet space, classic black-and-white-checkered floors, and a huge center island make this space a winner. A formal dining room with original molding is the perfect size for a post-pandemic dinner party.

Plus, a major perk for any New York City resident, there’s a laundry room (with a window) and even more storage space in a nook behind the kitchen.

All of the proper bedrooms are located in another wing, with the two largest taking up the corners. The primary bedroom features two walk-in closets and an ensuite bathroom.

The smaller third bedroom, which is currently configured as an office, also has an ensuite bath and a walk-in closet. According to the listing, this south-facing room, which has floor-to-ceiling shelves and incredible natural light, is where Doctorow wrote “some of his later masterpieces, including The March.

Book lovers will appreciate the library, which has built-in shelves and cozy corners to read. A Jack and Jill bath connects the library to the office next door.

The apartment is located within the co-op Sutton House, which contains just 35 residences. Amenities at the building include a landscaped garden, a rooftop “Roman” garden, and a full-time doorman.

[Listing details: 333 East 57th Street, Apt 11B at CityRealty]

[At Sotheby’s International Realty by Anne Shahmoon]


Photos by Erickson Jaquez, Empire Optix for Sotheby’s International Realty

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