#1 William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. He is often called England’s national poet, and the “Bard of Avon”. His surviving works consist of approximately 38 plays, 156 sonnets and poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and brought in this stunning house in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

#2 Beatrix Potter

Helen Beatrix Potter was an English author, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. With the proceeds from the books and a legacy from an aunt, in 1905 Potter bought this Hill Top Farm in Near Sawrey, a village in the Lake District.

#3 George Orwell

George Orwell was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism. After he spent a fortnight on the island of Jura in the Inner Hebrides he bought this place as a retreat from the hassle of London literary life.

#4 John Keats

John Keats was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death. Before his death, he had moved to newly built Wentworth Place (pictured), on the edge of Hampstead Heath, London, only ten minutes’ walk south of his old home in Well Walk

#5 Norman Mailer

Norman Mailer was an American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film-maker, actor and political activist. His best-known work was widely considered to be The Executioner’s Song, which was published in 1979, and for which he won one of his two Pulitzer Prizes. Along with Truman Capote, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, Mailer is considered an innovator of creative nonfiction, a genre sometimes called New Journalism. This is his nautically theme apartment in Brooklyn.

There are lots more of these drool inducing abodes to come. Sell enough books and you too can live in a house like this. Maybe. For now, enjoy salivating and dream on!


Originally published at on March 12, 2016.

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