Carlos Ruiz Zafon died on June 19 at the age of 55 after losing the battle against colon cancer that he had suffered for about two years. In addition to his memory, this Spanish writer inherits a real estate and librarian legacy that has grown along with his success.
The most widely read Spanish writer in the world after Cervantes had a real estate spread between Barcelona, the city that saw him born, and California, his adopted city.
His international fame came with The Shadow of the Wind, a title of which he sold more than 10 million copies, The Angel Game, The Prisoner of Heaven, and The Labyrinth of the Spirits that make up the Cemetery of Forgotten Books saga.
And with this success came the mansion that Zafon shared with his wife, the translator Mari Carmen Bellver, on Sunset Boulevard (Los Angeles – California) and that he acquired in 2019, according to El País. The house, with six rooms, a 1,400 m2 plot and views of the Pacific Ocean from the second floor, is valued by real estate portals at $ 13 million, according to Vanitas.
Both had previously purchased a double apartment in Beverly Hills, valued at $ 1.8 million. In one of them, they lived and in the other Zafon worked, as the writer himself told in a report in La Vanguardia.
In Barcelona, this Spanish author had three floors. One of them was an apartment of about 85 m2 and the other a 160 m2 apartment with a large terrace located in a modern residential complex. Besides, it had several garage spaces.
Writer and business man
The writer managed three companies dedicated to artistic and literary creation. In 2016, he founded Corelliana SL, the only one that currently remained in Spain. The rights generated by his literary works were managed through Dragonworks, in whose accounts provided to the Mercantile Registry in 2017 he recognized an inheritance of more than 17 million euros. Besides, it managed Shadow Factory, with an asset of close to a million euros.
In December 2018, Shadow Factory and Dragonworks were registered with the Texas Mercantile Registry, although their registered office is in the couple’s double apartment in Beverly Hills.