Alexander Chee, author, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
The Nautilus from Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Powered by salt water, full of masterpieces taken from shipwrecks and a collection of marine-life specimens from around the world, capable of taking me to tour the ocean or fight against its polluters, it is the only home I can imagine to which I would always return.
Meg Wolitzer, author, The Female Persuasion
As someone who happily grew up in a suburb off the Long Island Expressway (Exit 43), once in a while I imagine what it would’ve been like to spend my childhood wandering the echoing halls of Brideshead Castle, from Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited—English accent included.
Annie Wersching, actor, Marvel’s Runaways
Tom Hanks’s NYC loft from Big, with the natural light and those windows. And talk about high ceilings—you can trampoline inside! I might have to get a few adult furnishings, but you better believe I’d keep the pinball machine and the Gumby chair.
Sloane Crosley, author, Look Alive Out There
I’ve waited nearly 20 years to be asked this question, ever since taking an undergrad class called “The English Country House: Architecture in Literature.” My answer is the estate from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, inspired by Knole, the writer Vita Sackville-West’s childhood home. All those turrets and “congeries of rooms” and everything enrobed in silver and ivy? It’s the best. Upkeep’s a bitch, though.
Andy Favreau, actor, Champions