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John Steinbeck’s Former Sag Harbor Home Asks $17.9M

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A new year and a new chapter is set to begin for John Steinbeck’s former home in Sag Harbor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist’s old house at 2 Bluff Point Lane on a peninsula overlooking Morris Cove and Upper Sag Harbor Cove, was listed Friday for $17.9 million.

Steinbeck and his third wife, Elaine, fell in love with the Sag Harbor cottage on the bluff in 1955. While Steinbeck died 53 years ago, and his wife died 18 years ago, the home has remained in their family.

“As soon as you arrive at this property, you know you have arrived somewhere special,” says Doreen Atkins at Sotheby’s International Realty, who is representing the trust that has put it on the market. “It feels like no other place in the Hamptons. This home is filled with local and literary significance.”

The couple, who married in 1950, first came to Sag Harbor after he completed East of Eden, and purchased the cottage a few years later. It was a newly found “Eden” for him, Atkins says, that inspired him to say: “I look forward to Sag Harbor—after seeing you, of course. And do you know, journalism, even my version of it, gives me the crazy desire to go out to my little house on the point, to sharpen fifty pencils and put out a yellow pad. Early in the morning to hear what the birds are saying and to pass the time of day with Angel and then hitch up my chair to my writing board and to set down the words—’Once upon a time…’”

In fact, a sign that read “Eden” used to sit near the front door.

He found inspiration there, and immersed himself in the small community. Despite having won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for Grapes of Wrath in 1940, he enjoyed anonymity in Sag Harbor, where he was known to walk around in a fisherman’s cap and rubber boots with his dog, Charley, in tow when he went to local dives like the Black Buoy.

In the mornings, he wrote from a gazebo-like structure at the tip of the property, overlooking the water, or even from his boat. He wrote an editor once, “I can move out and anchor and have a little table and yellow pad and some pencils… Nothing else can intervene.” He would spend the afternoons fishing.

From there he penned The Winter of Our Discontent, set in a New England village modeled much after Sag Harbor, and Travels With Charley, about his cross-country adventure with his dog, in which he called the village, “my little fishing place.”

In a 1958 letter to John O’Hara, he wrote, “I grow into this countryside with a lichen grip.” He lived there until his death in 1968.

The recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1962, his memory in the village remains strong. In 2019, village officials unveiled the beginnings of the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park in the shadow of the bridge to North Haven.

The one-story, wood-shingled cottage has endured as well. Located at the end of a long lane on 1.8 acres, the property offers a rare 586 feet of waterfront that gently slopes down to the water’s edge, offering beautiful western facing sunsets.

The two-bedroom, two-bath house offers just 1,200 square feet of living space, but the interior offers plenty of character. The living room has wainscoting and wood beams on the cathedral ceiling. Bookcases line one wall, while French doors on the other lead to the patio. The kitchen opens to a sitting area with a wall of windows that overlooks the waterfront and the 60-foot dock.

There are nods to Steinbeck still. Above a large fieldstone fireplace hangs a painting of “Charley.” In a loft overlooking the living area, is “the Library Loft,” which Steinbeck reportedly created with bookcases on three sides. His hexagonal “writing house” out on the property’s point remains. With windows on all sides, it is a spot for respite and reflection.

A guest cottage on the property with views over the water has room to sleep two and offers a bathroom and an outdoor shower.

The property also has a free-form pool, or “Cement Pond” as Steinbeck reportedly called it.

“This opportunity has unparalleled significance—private, protected by topography of land, waterfront on two sides, upside opportunity for building, 60-foot dock and minutes away from the coveted Village of Sag Harbor,” Atkins says.

A trust set up by Elaine Steinbeck before her death in 2003 is selling the house after many years of legal disputes between John Steinbeck and Elaine Steinbeck’s families, according to The New York Times.

[Listing: 2 Bluff Point Lane, Sag Harbor | Broker: Doreen Atkins, Sotheby’s International Realty – Bridgehampton Brokerage] GMAP

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East Hampton Home, Former Club Where Jackie Kennedy Rode Horses Asks $1.9M

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Jacqueline Bouvier was captured in this Bert Morgan photo at the Southhampton Riding and Hunt Club in August 1934, and a photo of the house at 9 Cross Highway in East Hampton, where a young Bouvier learned to ride. Credit: Bert Morgan/Courtesy East Hampton Historical Society and Douglas Elliman

A 275-year-old East Hampton home, once the clubhouse for the Riding Club of East Hampton where a young Jacqueline Bouvier learned to ride, is back on the market for $1.995 million.

The property at 9 Cross Highway, now listed with Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman as of January 25, offers a rare opportunity to build two houses on one lot.

Known as the Abraham Baker House, it was one of about a dozen properties to receive a special historic landmark designation from East Hampton Town in 2017. Aimed at preventing 18th and 19th century homes from being replaced, the special designation allows the owners of these properties to build a second home for a combined square footage of 5,000 square feet between the two homes.

The 275-year-old house is approximately 2,000 square feet, allowing for a second 3,000-square-foot house to be built on the property. Just shy of one acre, the property also has room for a pool on the property, Morabito says.

The Cape Cod farmhouse, which dates back to 1745, was converted into a clubhouse for the Riding Club in 1924. The future Jackie Kennedy Onassis rode on the grounds and and went on to become a competitive equestrienne. It is not far from Wildmoor, the home the former First Lady spent summers in as a child and that belonged to her grandfather, John Vernou Bouvier Jr. The home at 55 La Forest Lane is currently on the market for $6.975 million with Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Abraham Baker House was turned back into a residence in 1943 when the Riding Club was sold. Today, the two-story, shingle-style home has three bedrooms, three full baths and two fireplaces. There are original wood floors, a study with wide planked wood paneling and even lockers left behind from the riding club.

While the property straddles the village and town lines, the south-of-the-highway home has an East Hampton Village address and is located just down the street from Town Mile Hollow Beach. It backs up to the village estate section.

Taxes are low for the neighborhood at $8,651 annually.

The property was originally listed at $2.29 million in early 2020.

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Hamptons Beachfront Luxury Estate Asks $175M

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A rare double waterfront, eight-acre estate with views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Shinnecock Bay with a 15,000-plus-square-foot residence has recently been listed with Bespoke Real Estate for a jaw-dropping $175 million. And, it’s exactly what you might expect of an exclusive coastal enclave listed at that mind-boggling amount.

The Mylestone at Meadow Lane is truly in a class — and not just a price point — of its own, even if it is located next door to property that traded in the most expensive deal of 2020. Billionaire Ken Griffin purchased a seven-acre estate from Calvin Klein for $84 million.

“When you have a piece of real estate that is truly one of a kind in a market that doesn’t necessarily use quantifiable metrics, a sense of value is really what someone is willing to pay based on pedigree and scarcity,” says Joseph DeSane, Bespoke’s managing director, who has over 20 years of experience in luxury real estate. “With that said, from offering large acreage, wide-span ocean frontage, bay frontage with a dock with water access as well as a full program of large house, pool and tennis on arguably one of the most notable streets in the world — you get one of the most rarified offerings and the price reflects that.”

The modern Tudor-style house, owned by former advertising executive and philanthropist Marcia Riklis, according to The Real Deal, has unobstructed panoramic water views between the bay and the ocean, while magnificent sunsets can be enjoyed from the western-facing pool terrace. The property offers 500 feet of ocean frontage with a private boardwalk that takes you right down to the white sands. Meanwhile on the bay side, which can be reached through a private pathway across Meadow Lane, there is a deepwater dock that allows for direct water access for boating and fishing.

The 15,521-square-foot home sits boasts water view from every room and the multiple outdoor entertaining spaces. Plus, there are 11 bedrooms, 12 full bathrooms and four half baths, as well as an attached caretaker’s cottage. The home features wood flooring and custom millwork throughout, three fireplaces, luxury grasscloth wall coverings

The entryway to the hope is quite magnificent with views straight to the ocean. A grand hall divides the formal living room from a dining area with three sets of French doors that open to the ocean-facing patio. An 800-square-foot glass-enclosed sunporch with a bar is located off of the living room.

Intricate tile work, said to be inspired by the glittering ocean views, can be found in the sunroom and the kitchen.Any chef will love preparing a meal here, as the kitchen features commercial-grade appliances, a large center island and pantry. A light-filled breakfast room leads to the two-bedroom, one bath suite for staff.

The den, another light-filled space, is located at the top of the main staircase on the second level. There are six bedrooms — four ensuite bedrooms and two that share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, plus the luxurious primary suite, as it is called. All the bedrooms, as well as the den, have access to a 660-square-foot oceanfront terrace with hot tub.

Whoever buys the home will have access to many amenities in the primary suite, such as a  wood-burning fireplace, two walk-in closets, a spacious bathroom with book-matched marble above the soaking tub, and a west-facing office alcove, where one can take in the sunset even if they are still working.

Up on the third level, there is 1,400 square feet of finished living space with a large bunkroom, space that can be used as a playroom, a full bathroom, and access to the observation deck with a truly unparalleled view.

The lower level with double doors open to directly to the pool terrace that lead to a 70-foot heated gunite pool. Glass walls surround the gym which has an attached spa bathroom. A TV room leads to an expanded recreation area with custom built-ins and bar. There are also two powder rooms, a laundry room, cedar closet and ample storage on this floor.

The estate is a haven for anyone who likes to stay fit and spend time outdoors. Across the manicured lawn, there is an artist’s-made playground and tree-lined courts for both basketball and tennis. The outdoor entertaining areas are aplenty, set against backdrops of expertly maintained flower gardens. 

The caretaker’s cottage, attached to the east wing of the home, offers a bedroom, two full bathrooms, a kitchenette, living room, office and a private patio.

Located just off the circular motor-court and detached from the house is a five-car garage that also features a bike storage pavilion.

The home is situated behind two gated entrances on a quiet street in the prestigious estate section, just minutes from shopping and dining in Southampton Village, not to mention the area’s most coveted beaches.

Though with your very own beachfront and resort-style amenities, its unlikely you will ever need to venture very far.

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Candice Bergen’s East Hampton Estate Asks $18M

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Candice Bergen and her husband, Marshall Rose, are selling their East Hampton estate with a coveted Lily Pond Lane address and an asking price of $18 million to match.

The 4,500-square-foot gambrel-style house was built by Rose, a real estate developer and philanthropist, and his then-wife, Jill, in the mid-1980s. It was an award-winning design by the late Jaquelin T. Robertson, of Cooper, Robertson Partners, who Rose and Bergen brought in to oversee major renovations in 2004, according to a spread in Architectural Digest. The Murphy Brown star and Rose, who married in 2000, wanted to turn it into a year-round home that reflected them as a couple.

“It’s my tribute to the history of architecture on eastern Long Island,” Robertson told AD.

They turned the downstairs into one long loft, remodeled the kitchen, added an enclosed porch that overlooks the lush gardens, and opted for decor fit for an East Hampton country home. “It was a beautifully thought-out house,” Bergen told AD in 2007 of the house Rose had shared with his late wife, “and it was a delicate challenge to respect its history but reinterpret it as ours.”

The six-bed and six and a half bath home is without a doubt quintessentially East Hampton, a light-filled space with a sprawling lawn, a wraparound porch and oversized French windows. The home features vaulted ceilings and several separate living areas.

The kitchen features a center island with a large pot rack hanging above and a commercial-grade Wolf range with a stainless steel backsplash.

The cedar-shingled house sits on a 1.8-acre lot, where there is also a guest cottage and pool with adjacent fountains. The well-landscaped property is hidden behind hedges.

Ed Petrie and Charles Forman of Compass have the listing at 72 Lily Pond Lane. The listing agents declined to comment.

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