Norman Mailer’s Nautical-Themed Home in Brooklyn Heights Is Up for Sale


Just ten days after it went on the market, Norman Mailer's $2.5 million home on Columbia Heights near Pineapple Street is already getting offers. Mailer completed his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Executioner’s Song there in 1979. The space's multilevel lofts, designed to resemble a ship’s galleys, were built to help Mailer conquer his vertigo. A decade's worth of objects that fill the walk-up are also up for grabs, including treasures like a sixties-era jukebox that played — perhaps personally relevant — tunes like “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley or “Ain’t Misbehavin’” by Fats Waller; African masks brought back from Zaire after Mailer covered Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” with George Foreman; and a framed photo of Marilyn Monroe, his sometimes muse. Mailer's nine surviving children from six wives will keep what they want. The rest will go to the new owner for a fee, or become part of an estate sale. Matthew Mailer, a 39-year-old Fort Greene playwright, said parts of his father's library will be up for grabs:

“I’d take a lot of this stuff, but I just don’t have the space. It’s not practical, but I wish I could store it all in a time capsule.”

Want a piece of Norman Mailer? [Brooklyn Paper]