HOUSE OF THE DAY: Gore Vidal Lists $3.495 Million Hollywood Mansion

The patio

Photo: Coldwell Banker

Intellectual superstar Gore Vidal has listed his Mediterranean mansion in the celebrity-loaded Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, according to The Real Estalker.The 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom, 4,800 square footer–which sits atop a 20,000 square foot lot at 2562 Outpost Drive–is now selling at $3.495 million. That’s some serious profit considering Vidal bought the property in 1977 for $149,500.

In fact, that’s a whopping 23 TIMES his purchase price.

It’s also an incalculable accumulation of avant-garde history.

In the 80-plus years of his life, Gore Vidal–with blue-blooded ties to Jackie O, Jimmy Carter and Al Gore–has embodied the many intellectual -ist’s: novelist, essayist, journalist, and activist. As well as screenwriter and political provocateur — “there is only one party in the United States, the Property Party…and it has two right wings: Republican and Democrat” — and literary incendiary. His 1948 “The City and the Pillar,” was the first American novel to feature homosexuality straight up, and his 1968 “Myra Breckinridge” was a transsexual satire.

From the looks of it, Vidal had quite a bit of thinking room in this house with its high ceilings, an office overflowing with books, and a still-stuck-in-the-60s livingroom overlooking a fountain. There’s also the patio, dining room and meditation room. His guests had the luxury of staying in the guest house by the swimming pool.  

Also a LOT of gilt.  A lot.

Gore Vidal's House from the Outside

The foyer

The dining area

The den

The living room

View from the livingroom

The furniture

The fireplace

The bathroom

The library

The study

The stairs

The glass window

The pathway

The patio

The view from the patio

The swimming pool

The garage

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