How would you like to spend the afternoon in the personal library of an American literary icon? Sit back and read a novel written by the legend himself in the very room where he perhaps wrote it? This seemingly crazy dream can become a reality at the charming Bronxville Tudor of Nobel Award-winning author and playwright Sinclair Lewis, who lived here during the height of his career. The historic home, which is represented by Bronxville agent Kathleen Collins, and offered at $3,365,000, was built by renowned architect Charles Lewis Bowman, long considered the dean of Tudor Revival homes in America.
Sinclair Lewis is noted for being the first American writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, commemorating his masterful art of description and ability to create new types of characters. During the Academy’s presentation speech at the 1930 awards, his satirical novel Babbitt was especially praised. Other notable works include Main Street, Arrowsmith, Elmer Gantry and It Can’t Happen Here. While residing in this stunning Tudor home from 1934-1937, Lewis supposedly hosted several lavish gatherings, with invited guests including many prominent contemporary writers such as Noel Coward and H.G. Wells. This comes as no surprise given the incredible formal living spaces and enjoyable amenities featured in this home, and of course, the fact that it was the popular Sinclair Lewis who lived here.
The five-bedroom, three and a half-bath residence, which was originally constructed in 1924, lies on .74 acres of level land at the end of a peaceful neighborhood lane. While up-to-date with modern conveniences, the residence still retains many of its historic features including the library, which was commissioned by Lewis to be added as his designated writing haven. The aura of the room’s original purpose has been well preserved over the years, further accentuating the authenticity of the home. Wide-plank floors, a lofty barrel ceiling, huge fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are just some of the impressive features that complete this cozy space. A small staircase leads individuals to the remainder of the elegant first-floor rooms, all of which boast a spacious, flowing atmosphere with easy access to the property’s expansive terraces and surrounding formal gardens. Ideal for entertaining in the summer months, the grounds also provide an outdoor bar, as well as a heated pool and cabana. A paneled dining room and living room contain oversized windows flanked by original leaded glass panels that embrace the natural light, affording pristine views of the property.
“History is undoubtedly alive at this incredible Bronxville home,” said Collins. “Upon entering the library, visitors are transported to an inner sanctum of the 20th century icon. This feeling only continues throughout the home, which has been exquisitely maintained and updated to meet today’s lifestyle. A stunning interior showcasing timeless Bowman architecture, as well as a convenient location near New York City, make this an ideal home for today, and a wonderful way to commemorate a glorious past.”
For more information on the property, located at 17 Wood End Lane, please visit our website here. You can also contact Bronxville agent Kathleen Collins by phone at 914.715.6052, or by email at Kathleen.Collins@juliabfee.com.