House Where Alfred Hitchcock Wrote ‘The Birds’ Goes on Sale

The renowned director reportedly wrote the 1963 suspense thriller in the barn.

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The house where Alfred Hitchcock penned the classic 1963 suspense thriller, The Birds, was recently put on sale for $1.4 million.

The four-bedroom, four-bath colonial house in Westchester County, New York, currently belongs to Hollywood screenwriter James Hart, who has written feature films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Contact and a new upcoming one called Epic, which will star Colin Farrell, Christoph Waltz and Beyoncé Knowles.

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Hart, who has owned the house since 1994, only recently learned The Birds was written in the house’s barn. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Hart told the paper:

“We call this the house Dracula bought. The odd thing is I write with a famous photograph of Hitchcock over my shoulder for inspiration. Lots of coincidences like that occurred. One day, out of nowhere, hundreds of birds landed in the surrounding trees.”

The unassuming two-bedroom barn was originally constructed in Napa, Calif. but was moved piece-by-piece during the Great Depression by its previous owner, though it is not known whether this was done by Hitchcock or someone else.

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