The CT Home Where Philip Roth Wrote “American Pastoral” Is Listed for $3M

published Sep 18, 2019
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If you’re a fan of forest-filled settings and the famed American novelist Philip Roth, we’ve got good news: Philip Roth’s Connecticut estate is now for sale. And it’s not just any estate: the rural property takes up about as much space as 150 football fields would, for context. But the pristine setting isn’t the only bonus for this listing.

Roth bought the home in 1972 for $110,000 in cash and proceeded to buy the neighboring homes over the years in an effort to preserve his solitude. This seems to have been a pattern with Roth, who also bought an apartment beneath his New York City home so that he could ensure there was peace and quiet when he needed it for writing.

Aside from the acreage and lineage of the Connecticut home, the structures on the property are downright charming. There’s the 1790 clapboard house, which has three bedrooms and serves as the primary residence.

In addition to that, there’s a barn, a writing studio, and even an in-ground swimming pool. For those who like a more natural swim, the woods surrounding the main house have more than one pond. While the land is heavily tree-covered, there are also pastures. You know, for riding your pony through, picnicking like royalty, or spreading out beneath the sky and writing your own to-be classic. 

All things told, this property sounds perfectly enchanting. If you want it, the price is just shy of $3 million. And if you don’t want the property, but do have $3 million kicking around, feel free to throw some of that dough our way so we can snatch it… because this is a straight-up dream home.