Toni Morrison’s NYC Condo Is for Sale—and of Course It Has Amazing Built-In Bookshelves

published Oct 20, 2020
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Literary legend Toni Morrison passed away in 2019. Now, the Nobel prize-winning author’s Tribeca condo is on the market. She purchased the three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home in 2014 and lived there until her death—it’s now listed for a cool $4.75 million.

The unit in this 1901 building features amazing views of the New York City skyline. But it’s the built-in bookshelves that steal the show, naturally. Aside from once belonging to one of the world’s most celebrated authors, these shelves make the place a bookworm’s dream. They’re ready to hold rows and rows of books, while the accompanying step ladder makes it a bit easier to reach them all.

“The entire apartment was designed for comfort and contemplation, for curling up with a good book or writing,” listing agent Amanda Brainerd of Brown Harris Stevens told Mansion Global

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The rest of the 2,319-square-foot condo, meanwhile, is bright and airy thanks to an abundance of windows. It has a large, open-concept living and dining room with a gas fireplace. The kitchen offers gourmet appliances and abundant storage, and there’s also a private laundry room.

The primary suite has a large dressing area with a walk-in closet and custom built-ins, as well as a luxurious bathroom with double sinks, an oversized soaking tub, and glass rain shower.  The guest room also has access to a full bath with a Japanese soaking tub. The third bedroom currently serves as a library and writing room, but could be used as an office or additional bedroom.

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The building’s amenities include a fitness center, a residents’ library/media room with a full kitchen and wet bar, a rooftop terrace with outdoor grills, dining and lounge seating, a children’s play area, a garden courtyard, cold storage, a bicycle room, and private storage. As the cherry on top, it’s also pet-friendly.

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Morrison became the first black female editor in fiction at Random House in New York City in the 1960s. Her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” was published in 1970. Her 1987 novel, “Beloved,” won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was developed into a feature film starring Oprah Winfrey. Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1993. In 2012, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

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She lived much of her life in New York City and previously owned a duplex apartment at the Police Building on the border of Soho and Chinatown, as well as a converted boathouse on the banks of the Hudson River in Grand View-on-Hudson, located 25 miles north of Manhattan. It seems Morrison always loved bright, sunny spaces—in a 1998 interview, her Soho home was described as being “made bright and airy by skylights and high white walls.”