The Phantom Tollbooth Author Is Also an Architect—and a Home He Designed Just Listed For $429K

Don't “jump to Conclusions” about the celebrated author—he’s also a talented architect, and he designed this home.

Did you know that the author of The Phantom Tollbooth is also an architect? Although he's best known for writing the beloved children's novel in 1961, Norton Juster also co-founded a small architecture firm and served as a professor of architecture and environmental design at Hampshire College throughout his career.

Built in 1975, the 2,750-square-foot house is set on a private, forested lot in the Berkshires.

The living area features vaulted ceilings and a lofted second floor. 

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In 1975, he designed this bright and airy home in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Set on a private, wooded lot, the light-filled home features an open floor plan with mountain views from every room. The home has a vaulted, open-plan living area with floor-to-ceiling windows; a cozy reading nook with a brick fireplace; a lofted master suite with its own fireplace; and there's even a sauna.

Large windows provide scenic views from almost every angle.

The beamed ceiling has a rustic, contemporary feel.

The kitchen.

The dining room has an exposed beam ceiling and a row of nearly full-height windows.

The master bedroom is located upstairs, and it has access to an outside terrace. A low row of windows runs the length of the wall.

Built-in seating creates a cozy nook next to a brick fireplace.

The home has four bedrooms in total.

There is also a cedar-lined sauna upstairs.

Outside, a large deck overlooks a saltwater pool and a hot tub.

A view of the private lot from above.

48 Victoria Lane is currently listed for $429,000 by The Shire Group at William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty.

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