When one is ousted from the gilded ranks of New York society, where does one go? Truman Capote, famous for being pecked out of the aforementioned by his Swans after publishing La Côte Basque, 1965, chose to move cross country. Now, that home is on the rental market for just under $12,000 a month.

Listed by Watson Salari Group (a division of the global real estate group OFFICIAL), the mid-century modern home was designed by architect Richard Kearney and features two bedrooms, three baths, a swimming pool, a spa, and a private viewing deck. Inside, the home has a corner fireplace, a seamless flow between the living and dining areas, a kitchen with a gas range, a beaming skylight, and a generous kitchen island. The primary suite of the home offers canyon views, a spacious walk-in closet, and a double vanity.

a living room with a shelf and a table

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The owner of the home is Alexandra Loew, a renowned curator, scholar, and designer whose accolades are surely proven throughout the home’s decor.

a dining room table with chairs and a painting on the wall

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The home’s dining area is doused in sunlight.

a kitchen with white cabinets

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How many martinis did Capote make here?

The exterior of the home is bleach white, and follows the traditional routes of the architectural style, with cubic forms, and sharp, angular edges. Kearney was among the many architects in the 1950s and 1960s who populated Southern California (especially Palm Springs). Other luminaries of the era include Richard Neutra (ironically, Ryan Murphy, the director of Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans, lives in a Neutra home in Bel Air), Albert Grey, and Donald Wexer.

a house with a pool

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Truman Capote fled to this home shortly after he published La Côte Basque, 1965.

a bed in a room

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The main bedroom provides views of the nearby canyons.

After Capote aired the dirty laundry of his Swans–Babe Paley, Lee Radziwill, C.Z. Guest, and Slim Keith–the author fled to this home in Beverly Hills with his lover and bank manager partner, John O’Shea, trading in the Billy Baldwin-like decorative styles he was often surrounded by when with his former friends for California casual. In tandem with “hiding” away from New York society, the author was also preparing for his inaugural leading role in the 1976 comedy film, Murder by Death, under the production of Ray Stark. Are renters who are seeking this home running away from the past, or looking for a new start? Who knows. Capote did both.

For more information on the home, please visit watsonsalari.com.

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