The home of one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time is on the market, but it won't come cheap.
Ray Bradbury died in 2012 at the age of 91, after a decades-spanning career that gave us numerous classics: Farenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes and much more. Bradbury's passion for storytelling and his seemingly endless creative energy (he once said that he started writing a new short story every single day) have, over the years, become as iconic as the works he produced, and in his final decades much of that passion and energy flowed through him from the basement office of his Culver City, Calif., home, where he lived for more than 50 years. Now that home has been put up for sale with an asking price of $1,495,000, which The L.A. Times calls "fairly reasonable" by Los Angeles standards.
The 2,500-square-foot home (on a 9,500-square-foot lot) at 10265 Cheviot Drive was purchased by Bradbury and his wife Maggie in 1960. The house had several major draws for the couple, including more space to accommodate their growing family, but what really grabbed Bradbury was the spacious basement, which he saw as a place to set up an office and store his massive collection of books, memorabilia and other assorted "junk."
"I'm surrounded by my metaphors," Bradbury said in a 2001 interview. "I realized, all this 'junk' here, I couldn't live without."
For years after buying the home, Bradbury kept an office in Beverly Hills where he would go every day to work, but he eventually settled into writing in his basement, surrounded by his "metaphors," and numerous interviews he gave later in his life were conducted there, in his writing chair, surrounded by books, statues of dinosaurs and other objects.
The home itself features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a living room with "soaring vaulted sealings" and details like "crown moldings, expertly crafted wainscoting and wood shuttered windows." The real estate listing stops short of claiming you'll get any particular writing magic from the place, but it does promise a home with "cultural provenance." And who knows? Maybe the next owner of this home just might capture a little bit of the spirit of Bradbury and start typing away in that basement too.