September 2016 | Nate Pedersen

F. Scott Fitzgerald House in St. Paul Up For Sale

IMG_1474 (1).jpgI'm on the road this week and happened to spend last weekend in St. Paul where a lazy Sunday drive along Summit Avenue revealed this surprising bit of news:

The F. Scott Fitzgerald family rowhouse, located at 599 Summit Avenue, is up for sale. The three-story, 3,441-sq. foot brownstone was built in 1889 and has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Even without the enticing bit of literary history connected with the house, its price, $665,000, seems a bargain to this blogger, more familiar with West Coast real estate.

Fitzgerald's parents moved into the house in 1918, and Fitzgerald joined them after brief stints in the US Army and the New York City advertising world. Fitzgerald spent the summer of 1919 in the house finishing This Side of Paradise in a third-floor room and taking frequent walks down nearby Selby Avenue. The Fitzgerald family, who moved frequently, vacated the house again in 1919, but its place in literary history was assured by F. Scott completing his most successful novel (during his lifetime, anyway) while living there.

You can get a peek behind the scenes of the Fitzgerald house on its Zillow listing.

Image Courtesy of Zillow.