“Can’t repeat the past?” Gatsby asks in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel about the Roaring Twenties. “Why of course you can!” If you want to recreate history a little like the protagonist in Fitzgerald’s “Great American Novel,” check out the author’s Baltimore townhouse, which was recently put up on the market. Supposedly the place where he wrote most of Tender is the Night, Fitzgerald’s Bolton Hill home was listed at $450,000.
The house has a bit of a dark past: with his wife Zelda in and out of psychiatric clinics, Fitzgerald struggled with alcoholism and debt while slowly carving away at his second novel in Baltimore, which was greeted with far less acclaim than The Great Gatsby. Though the depression era in which he was living and writing has passed, many other details from the home have been preserved: the tall ceilings, original molding, grand fireplaces, double French doors, an inviting library, porches overlooking a private garden.
Older than his novels, the home was built in 1900 and measures 3,600 square feet with four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a garage.
As real estate agents and investors based in Maryland, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to report on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Baltimore townhouse. So tell us: would you want to own a piece of literary history?