Annie Proulx Buys New Home In Wyoming

Annie ProulxCHEYENNE,WYOMING – Annie Proulx, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author whose stories about Wyoming include the controversial story “Brokeback Mountain,” has placed her home in the town of Centennial up for sale. Her real estate agent says she’s bought a ranch elsewhere in the Cowboy State.
Proulx’s home in Centennial, about 20 miles west of Laramie, was recently advertised for sale in High Country News, a newspaper about Western environmental issues.
James Rinehart of Western United Realty in Laramie has the listing. He said his firm specializes in ranch properties.
“Annie’s home is kind of a specialty niche market. We don’t normally sell homes, but this one is a unique enough one that we’re happy to work on it,” Rinehart said.
Rinehart said his agency sold Proulx her replacement property. “It’s a ranch in southeastern Wyoming,” he said, but declined to say where. “She’s going to stay in Wyoming; she’s just choosing to relocate right now.”
The advertisement for Proulx’s Centennial property on Rinehart’s Web site states the 3,500-square-foot “Aspen Country Retreat” sits on a 2-acre lot and has three bedrooms and three baths. “This wonderful mountain home is the perfect year around home or weekender,” the ad says, listing the price as $700,000. Rinehart confirmed the property is Proulx’s.
Linda Smith, Carbon County clerk, said property records show Proulx owns property northwest of Saratoga, a town on the North Platte River on the other side of the Snowy Range mountains from Centennial.
The Albany County clerk’s office stated the only property records they had for Proulx were for the house in Centennial.
Originally published in The New Yorker in 1997, then included in her collection, “Close Range: Wyoming Stories,” “Brokeback Mountain” was made into a movie released last year. Set in Wyoming, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in a story about their homosexual relationship, which begins while they tend to a flock of sheep and continues through the years. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning for best director (Ang Lee), best adapted screenplay (Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana) and best original score (Gustavo Santaolalla).
from Star Tribune

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