Literary listings: Match the listings to the famous novelists who wrote them (sort of)

Candace Ramirez

Unique Homes


At Estately, we appreciate the finer things in life- crisp fall days, a quality sipping bourbon, and of course classic works of literature. Since we spend so much of our time reading real estate listings, we started to wonder what they would sound like if they’d been written by some of the world’s most famous authors. So we took 10 of our favorite opening lines in literature and mashed them up with Estately listings. It was the best of ideas, it was the worst of ideas…

See if you can match each literary listing to the book that inspired it! Here are your answer choices:

The Bell Jar- Sylvia Plath
One Hundred Years of Solitude– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
American Psycho– Bret Easton Ellis
The Stranger– Albert Camus
The Metamorphosis– Franz Kafka
Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
The Old Man and the Sea– Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald
Don Quixote– Miguel de Cervantes
The Color Purple– Alice Walker

Scroll all the way down for the answers.

Premiere Property Group, LLC
Premiere Property Group, LLC

1. ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE is scrawled in blood red lettering on the side of 225 N Bridgeton RD 225, Portland, OR , 97217. Turnkey home. Come see today! See it HERE


Sotheby's International Realty
Sotheby’s International Realty

2. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that the perfect pied-a-terre awaits you in one of West Hollywood’s most recognizable buildings. All moments from the Sunset Strip’s vibrant night life. This is a must see! See it HERE


Windermere Stellar
Windermere Stellar

3. It is truth universally acknowledged, that a single family must be in want of a modern craftsman with gourmet kitchen, lots of natural light, soaking tub, large fenced yard & so much more. Taxes to be determined. See it HERE


Alain Pinel, REALTORS®
Alain Pinel, REALTORS®

4. He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without seclusion, privacy, land, spacious, upgraded contemporary on the edge of Leona Canyon with expansive lot, decks and views. Near wonderful East Bay amenities and hiking trails. Turnkey. See it HERE.


Mercer Vine
Mercer Vine

5. In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “This is the home you’ve been waiting for—luxury city living with a view, 10-foot ceilings, hardwood floors and custom Italian cabinetry, a design inspired by LA modernist Irving Gill…” See it HERE


Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood

6. It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. Is Location Important??  Sitting on beautifully landscaped large property is this gracious and welcoming Colonial. It has the charm of yesterday with its 9 ft ceilings, beautiful wood paneling, lighted stained glass accents.  Lots of potential, Close to everything! See it HERE


Houlihan Lawrence Inc.
Houlihan Lawrence Inc.

7. Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, nestled on 9+ private, gated acres on an idyllic country road, this Farmhouse Compound, set-back off the road, captures the best of country living in a tranquil & surprisingly convenient locate. Sep heated 2-bay garage. See it HERE


April Bryant/Tri-Valley Realty
April Bryant/Tri-Valley Realty

8. You better not never tell nobody but God. All offers are as-is, sight unseen. Property cannot be shown and occupants cannot be contacted. See it HERE


Cascade Sotheby's International Realty
Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty

9. When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed into a custom designed Sunset Pointe home. Experience the ultimate in luxury as you relax in the comfort of your spacious home perched on the hillside in temperate Brookings, OR. An absolute must see for those seeking the extraordinary. See it HERE



10. Mother died today. Or, maybe yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: Inquire about the option of purchasing additional acreage. You truly can own your own little slice of heaven! See it HERE



1. American Psycho– Bret Easton Ellis
2. One Hundred Years of Solitude– Gabriel Garcia Marquez
3. Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
4. The Old Man and the Sea– Ernest Hemingway
5. The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. The Bell Jar– Sylvia Plath
7. Don Quixote– Miguel de Cervantes
8. The Color Purple– Alice Walker
9. The Metamorphosis– Franz Kafka
10. The Stranger– Albert Camus

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