If you’re a children’s literature fan with almost $2 million in your pocket, there’s a house in California with your name on it.
The Berkeley home of author Beverly Cleary is on the market with a $1.85 million asking price, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Cleary, known for her beloved children’s books including Henry Huggins, The Mouse and the Motorcycle, and Ramona the Pest, grew up in Portland, Oregon, and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California in Berkeley. The school has a residential hall named after the author.
She lived in the house in Berkeley, located in the Berkeley Hills neighborhood, from 1957 to 1968. John Seravic, the house’s listing agent, told the newspaper that it has been owned by another family, the Zinns, for 55 years. Cleary died in 2021 at the age of 104.
The 2,056-square-foot home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is located just a few blocks away from Tilden Regional Park.
“This mid-century modern gem boasts…AMAZING VIEWS and incredible details throughout,” the listing for the house reads. “The open floor-plan and level-in rear yard are perfect for entertaining. All of this sits on an enormous 15,960 sqft lot, providing ample space for gardening or outdoor activities.”
It also comes with a personal touch reflecting the two families that used to live there.
“When preparing this home for sale I preserved the Cleary kids’ and Zinn kids’ head-height marks on the primary bedroom closet door jamb,” Seravic said.
Michael Schaub, a journalist and regular contributor to NPR, lives near Austin, Texas.