On the 34th floor at the Tower East on 72nd and 3rd Avenue is the former home of Nobel Laureate John Steinbeck. “The Grapes of Wrath” and “Of Mice and Men” author lived here with his third wife, Elaine Anderson Steinbeck, until his death in 1968. She stayed in the apartment until her death in 2003, after which time it was completely renovated with new windows, floors, plumbing, electric and an expanded entrance with the addition of an adjacent three-bedroom apartment. But the new owners left a few nods to the literary great, including keeping his study intact, complete with his original wooden desk, notes on the wall, and posters, according to the Post.
The expanded home now takes up 3,700 square feet and has six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The entryway is marked by a massive Tigerwood wall that conceals a row of closets.
The kitchen has both a breakfast bar and a separate dining area, in addition to the formal dining room.
The master suite has a large en-suite bath with marble vanities.
One of the bedrooms is currently configured as an office with a wall of mahogany built-ins.
Pictured above is Steinbeck’s former writing studio, desk and all.
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