The house where F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in Baltimore, and where he lived when wrote “Tender is the Night” has just been put up for sale in the Bolton Hill neighbourhood where I worked until very recently. It’s listed at a very reasonable $450,000.
The house was built in 1900 and has four bedrooms over four levels, including a basement, with two full bathrooms, two half baths, three decorative fireplaces, a garage, built-in bookshelves and a decorative plaque that certifies that Fitzgerald lived there. It’s about 3,600 square feet. It's been on the market for four days, and an open house is scheduled on February 3, from noon until 2:00 p.m.
Fitzgerald lived in this house from 1933 until 1935, while his wife Zelda was being treated for various mental health issues at Sheppard Pratt Hospital and the Phipps Clinic at Johns Hopkins.
The house had great bones and retains many original features like the fireplace and shutters you can see in this
crappy image, but I am not at all wild about the colours or the décor.
Seriously, real estate agents… if you’re listing a house that is bound to get a lot of press, at least take decent pictures. Hire a professional photographer. Don’t have your damn blind hanging crookedly!
It’s an interesting house, in a great in-town neighbourhood, and at a great price. Someone will snap it up quickly.