The 1929 Mediterranean villa of 4,782 square feet has a living room with a walk-in fireplace, a meditation room, a music room and an office. The main house has two en suite bedrooms and two staff or guest rooms. Including a separate guesthouse, the property has a total of five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The nearly half-acre of landscaped grounds contain a swimming pool, multiple patios and a koi fountain.
Vidal, 85, wrote the books "The City and the Pillar" (1948), "Julian" (1964) and "Lincoln" (1984). His Broadway hits included "The Best Man" and "Visit to a Small Planet."
He bought the house in 1977 for $149,500, according to public records.
The co-listing agents are Delphine Mann and Kathy Marshall of Coldwell Banker Previews International, Beverly Hills North.