CURBED - Before the legendary author George R.R. Martin put a pen to paper, he lived in Uptown with five roommates in a three-bedroom apartment.
The third-floor unit at 932 Margate Terrace 3Wis listed for $354,900, according to listing agent Michael Samm of Keller Williams Realty Chicago-O’Hare.
After graduating from Northwestern University, Martin and a “rotating cast” of roommates lived at the residence between 1971 to 1975, according to the author’s website. A bed was put in the dining room and another on the back enclosed porch. Each paid just $150 in rent.
Built in 1915, the condo has original wood trim and floors, 10-foot ceilings, and a close location to Argyle Street. The current owners bought the 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in 2016. Since then, they have rehabbed the kitchen and bathroom, installed an outdoor deck, put in new light fixtures, and added a fresh coat of paint.
While no trace of George R.R. Martin is left at the condo, some super fans (I mean, potential buyers) can at least see where the author once lived at a Game of Thrones-themed open house between noon and 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 24.
Was any of Game of Thrones written in this apartment? No. Is there any historical significance tieing this apartment to the cinematic phenomenon that was Game Of Thrones? No. Will some GoT superfan still purchase this apartment? Probably. See, the thing I have a problem with is, this is just a regular apartment. Saying it once belonged to someone famous way before they even were anything is a bit of a stretch. Kinda like saying "this is the coffee shop JK Rowling used to frequent before she moved to another coffee shop and wrote Harry Potter on a napkin." No one gives a sh*t. However this Michael Samm guy is doing all he can as a real estate agent to get this place sold and I can't knock him for that but if the selling point is George R.R. Martin used to live here when he was broke and was fresh out of college nearly 50 years ago? Gotta get your head checked. Although $150/mo for rent does sound pretty sweet. If only those prices still existed today... - @Traceahamilton
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