Mailer’s Apartment for Sale

The New York Times “City Room” Blog reports that Michael Mailer, son of the late novelist Norman Mailer, has put his father’s apartment, at 142 Columbia Heights, up for sale with an asking price of $2.5 million. For that you get a two bedroom, one bath (but with a separate small guest apartment with its own bath) fourth floor walkup, with roof access, that’s described as “resembl[ing] a jungle gym at sea,” as well as the cachet of inhabiting the same space as one of the most celebrated and controversial literary figures of the past century, and possibly (Mr. Mailer said “furniture and other artifacts” may be for sale) dining at the same table at which Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Hunter S. Thompson once sat. (Photo: Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times)

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  • AEB

    What is the cross street?

  • nabeguy

    It’s between The Naked and The Dead.

  • lori

    That’s a lot of money for a fourth floor walkup apartment, but I guess he figures he can get it since it was Norman Mailer’s and may have some history or even some “ghosts” in residence. PS nabeguy, I like your cross streets better than the actual ones of Clark and Pineapple.

  • AEB

    Not the Bad and the Beautiful, nabe?

  • AEB

    …and thanks. lori. At least someone in this thread isn’t a smart azz!

  • nabeguy

    AEB, like Bob Fosse, I’m all that ‘azz! Does that $2.5 include the blood stains from when he stabbed his wife? He almost made for a real ghost that time.

  • EHinBH

    Overpriced! And I NEVER say that.

  • x

    thats expensive for a roof

  • Cole

    I’m not so sure this is overpriced. It appears to be about 2500 sq ft and $1,000/ft is pretty normal for the Heights, especially with some outdoor space, a view, and historical/celeb appeal (for those who care). Maintenance of $1300/month is not excessive (more like a condo than most coops, which tend to be pretty high). Very unique space, IMO, far more compelling than the $25 million monstrosity in Dumpo. The mailer property reminds me of this:

    Some people will pay a premium for unique space.

  • Heather Quinlan

    @nabeguy Am stealing that.

  • nabeguy

    You’re welcome to it Heather (I mean the line, not my ‘azz)

  • Andrew Porter

    This is the third house south of the Pineapple Street entrance to the Promenade, on Columbia Heights. Apparently the noise from the gut renovation of the building just to the north finally drove Mailer to move permanently to his home in Provincetown, where he died.

    The A-frame on top of the building, where he would sit and write overlooking the harbor, is barely visible from Columbia Heights or the Promenade, but is clearly visible from Pier One and the roadway connecting Piers One and Six.