John Steinbeck House (Monte Sereno, California)

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John Steinbeck House
John Steinbeck House (Monte Sereno, California) is located in California
John Steinbeck House (Monte Sereno, California)
Location 16250 Greenwood Ln., Monte Sereno, California
Coordinates 37°13′57″N 121°59′55″W / 37.23250°N 121.99861°W / 37.23250; -121.99861Coordinates: 37°13′57″N 121°59′55″W / 37.23250°N 121.99861°W / 37.23250; -121.99861
Area 1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Built by Lawrence Case
Architectural style Modern Movement, Ranch Style
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 89002117[1]
Added to NRHP December 28, 1989

The John Steinbeck House at 16250 Greenwood Lane in Monte Sereno, California, was the home of author John Steinbeck from 1936 to 1938. The house was built in 1936 for Steinbeck and his wife, Carol. While living in the house, Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath and completed Of Mice and Men. The Steinbecks added a guest house to the property after the house's completion; renowned actors, literary agents, and friends of the Steinbecks stayed in the guest house while visiting the couple. In 1938, the Steinbecks left the house, as they felt that its location was no longer as secluded as it had been two years earlier.[2]

The John Steinbeck House was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 28, 1989.[1] Unlike Steinbeck's birthplace in Salinas, California, this house is now a private residence home and is closed to the public.[3]

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