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Check out F. Scott Fitzgerald's old St. Paul digs

That guy who wrote <i>The Great Gatsby</i> had tuberculosis while staying at 593 Summit Avenue.

That guy who wrote The Great Gatsby had tuberculosis while staying at 593 Summit Avenue.

Literary and local history buffs love romanticizing the days when a young F. Scott Fitzgerald resided on St. Paul's fairytale-like Summit Avenue. Thanks to the Internet and a desire to sell real estate, Fitzgerald adorers can take a digital journey into the iconic writer's St. Paul life without putting on pants or powering down their iPads.

Coldwell Banker Burnet is trying to sell a handsome brownstone where the guy who wrote The Great Gatsby once dwelt. The sticker price on the three-level row house at 593 Summit Avenue is $665,000, but the virtual tour is free.

The four bedroom author's pad was built in 1889 and has 3,441 square feet, three fireplaces and three crappers (one full and two half baths). Ron Swanson would marvel at the woodwork in what the current owner uses as a humidor-ready billiard room, while the regal wooden staircase practically begs for some hard-core Slinky action.

While St. Paul's favorite son is more commonly linked with the Fitzgerald family's nearby crib at 599 Summit Avenue – where F. Scott reportedly completed his first novel This Side of Paradise – he crashed at 593 Summit Avenue while battling tuberculosis on leave from Princeton University.

Who knows, maybe you can still hear the great American novelist's ghost hacking up blood in the library.

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