So I guess when you write a best-selling memoir and it’s made into a movie starring Julia Roberts as you, you can pretty much say that you’ve made it. Elizabeth Gilbert has this luxury. I thought she’d already left the trappings of modern American success behind – including the country home – but apparently she’s leaving that behind again because she just put her 1869 Italianate Victorian in Frenchtown, NJ on the market for $999,000. (Probably for something even more luxurious). Gilbert will lead you on a twenty minute virtual tour in a video she posted called “Eat, Pray, Crib.” She’s still riding the “live vicariously through me” wave.
Her press release describes the house as “a writer’s dream” because it has a “skybrary.” It’s very unfettered bohemian to have a skybrary these days.
The most original and impressive feature of the house is a magnificent 1400sq library in the attic (with a romantic cupola and 360 degree views). This space, called “the Skybrary” (the library in the sky) was handcrafted over three years by a master woodworker. The Skybrary contains hidden drawers, secret cupboards and elaborately hand-carved shelves— also a king-sized built-in “napping bed” (for extra creative energy!) Gilbert wrote both “Committed” and “The Signature of All Things” here. The Skybrary has been written about rapturously in both the New York Times and O Magazine. This enchanting, unique creative space is too magical to be described, and must be seen to be believed.