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Hamptons Beach House of NY Times Bestselling Author For Rent This Summer

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The heated pool (Courtesy of Saunders & Associates)

The Westhampton Beach home of New York Times bestselling author Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand and The Summer Before the War, is available for rent this summer.

Aside from getting a 3,000-square-foot home near the village plus a pool, this rental also aptly has a writing studio — perhaps the renter will draw some inspiration from Simonson’s abode?

Listed exclusively with Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin of Saunders & Associates, the home at 19 Bayfield Lane is asking $40,000 for June, $60,000 for July and $75,000 for August through Labor Day.

A 20th century farmhouse, it offers five bedrooms and four bathrooms, situated behind hedges on a quiet street in the estate section. The home is two minutes from Main Street and five minutes to the ocean beaches, making it one of the most ideal spots we’ve come across yet.

An expansive lawn leads to a lovely wrap-around porch. Inside the home, there is a charming living room with a fireplace, a dining room, and a den.

The eat-in kitchen has lots of natural light thanks to a wall of windows and a butler’s pantry. A screen-in back porch features pot-belly gas stove.

Five bedrooms and three of the four bathrooms are located on the second floor.

As a summer renter, you’ll want to spend most of your time outdoors. The pool is heated and offers child safety protections. There is also a pool house and an outdoor shower for getting the sand off your feet after the beach.

But, if you must work, there is a dedicated writing studio out back in a 19th century barn with a second-floor studio (The pool house and the barn both offer desks). The barn also holds a pool table, but there is also ping pong, foosball, air hockey. The barn also offers storage for cars and bikes.

We’re sure, no matter what, you’ll find a spot to relax the arbor and rose bushes along the manicured lawns. May we suggest the hammock?

[Listing: 19 Bayfield Lane, Westhampton Beach |Broker: Aimee Fitzpatrick Martin, Saunders & Associates] GMAP

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A bedroom (Courtesy of Saunders & Associates)
A space with lots of games in a 19th-century barn on the property 19 Bayfield Lane, Westhampton
The property on Bayfield Lane (Courtesy of Saunders & Associates) 

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Cannabis Company Purchasing Land on North Fork for $42.5M

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Columbia Care Inc. has purchased 34 acres at Van de Wetering Greenhouses in Jamesport.

A fast-growing cannabis company has purchased a 34-acre property in Jamesport for a $42.5 million from Van de Wetering Greenhouses in one of the largest purchases in the burgeoning industry. It is the first known marijuana-related real estate buy on the East End since New York State legalized adult-use cannabis in March. 

Columbia Care Inc., which already operates a medical cannabis dispensary in Riverhead, has plans for a cultivation site at 5784 Sound Avenue with the first harvest and sales for the state’s medical marijuana program expected later this year.

The purchase is being completed in two phases, the second of which will include 740,000 square feet of greenhouse space, which Van de Wetering currently uses for growing ornamental flowers and other plants. The space allows for 200,000 square feet of “incremental grow capacity, situated perfectly for both retail distribution to Columbia Care’s three NYC and Long Island dispensaries and wholesale distribution to the most densely populated metropolitan area in the United States,” according to a statement.

It will be one of the largest operating greenhouse sites on East Coast, the company said.

The total purchase price of $42.5M includes $15 million in cash and $27.5 million in Columbia Care stock, the publicly traded company said in its announcement. The company has already made an initial payment of $30 million, but the remaining $12.5 million in stock payment will be turned over in August when the second phase is complete.

“As a company whose roots are in New York, it has been incredibly important that we build a scalable, vertically-integrated operation in the state that not only delivers the very best quality and prices to our patients and partners today, but also ensures that we can continue to deliver on our mission to New Yorkers through future legal cannabis programs,” said Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care.

“This is a commitment to our patients, communities, regulators, elected officials and social equity partners that we are here for the long term and intend to be the leaders who define cannabis in New York State – made in New York, by New Yorkers for New Yorkers,” he said. “We are eager to see New York’s regulated market emerge as one of the top global cannabis markets, with some market size estimates exceeding $5B by 2025 and more than 75,000 jobs created by 2027. We intend to continue to invest in opportunities that support this growth for all.”

The new facility could be an economic driver for Suffolk County, and bring more jobs to eastern Long Island. According to a March 2021 report from the Long Island Association, legalization of adult-use marijuana in New York would increase economic output on Long Island by $878 million annually and create 7,316 jobs in the region. State and local governments would also benefit with increased tax revenues.

Van de Wetering’s owners previously planted and successfully harvested industrial hemp on-site, Columbia Care added. Van de Wetering is expected to continue operating on the site until late 2023. Walter Gravagna, the owner, was not immediately available.

The company, which began in 2012, already has a facility in Rochester that has served more than 120,000 medical cannabis patients in New York since 2015.

“The new site also allows the company to diversify its operations and open opportunities to create potential social equity business partnerships; a dedicated, federally licensed global medical cannabis manufacturing and research hub in Rochester; and support the company’s entrance into the state’s adult-use program,” according to a statement from the company.

Columbia Care currently operates 115 facilities, including 87 dispensaries and 28 cultivation and manufacturing facilities. It offers a myriad of cannabis products from flower, edibles, oils, and tablets, and manufactures brands including Seed & Strain, Amber and Platinum Label CBD.

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Luxurious Southampton Hideaway Asks $1M For Summer 2021

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A home on Southampton’s private Ram Island is a true refuge for anyone looking for a luxurious rental for a hideaway this summer. Listed exclusively with Sotheby’s International Realty there are several options for the summer 2021 season, but the whole summer will cost you $1 million.

This unique compound at 45 Ram Island Drive is set on about 15 acres overlooking Sebonac Creek on the northern half of the island (don’t worry, it’s still connected to the mainland).

“Ram Island is ideal for the discerning renter seeking a balance of restful island solitude with convenient access to the amenities and services of nearby Southampton Village,” says the listing, which is shared between Sotheby’s agents Harald Grant, Jonathan Smith and Lawrence Ingolia.

If Memorial Day through Labor Day isn’t for you, other options include July through Labor Day for $850,000 and rent for just July at $350,000. A rental of August through Labor Day is being offered for half a million.

Originally built in 1917, the main four-bedroom house has been expertly restored and decorated by Atelier AM, an interior design and architecture firm based in Los Angeles. There is also a guest cottage with an additional three bedrooms.

“Warm, oak paneling, expertly juxtaposed historic joinery and contemporary fixtures, and cozy, grand fireplaces inspire an immediate sense of ‘home’ and take the chill out of even the darkest January evening,” the listing says.

Spacious living areas lend themselves to indoor-outdoor living, exactly what you would want in a summer rental.  Open terraces and mahogany decks overlook the water, while glass-enclosed rooms take full advantage of the water views and sunsets.

There is also an outdoor kitchen for cooking al fresco.

In addition to a heated gunite pool that has views of the water, there is also a separate, private spot with a wooden hot tub. Located just on the the edge of the beach, the outdoor Japanese soaking tub is the perfect spot to take in a sunset.

The adjacent transitional-style two-story guest cottage boasts an open floor plan and has walls of glass overlooking the waterfront.

In addition, there is a separate yoga studio and spa building with a dedicated massage space and steam room, making this truly a retreat if we’ve ever seen one.

There is also a deep-water dock with a boathouse with a lounge area and plenty of space for storage of kayaks and paddle boards.

The 15-acre property has lots of space to enjoy nature as well. Mature specimen trees and gardens can be found throughout.

[Listing: 45 Ram Island Drive, Southampton |Brokers: Jonathan Smith, Lawrence Ingolia and Harald Grant] GMAP

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An outdoor kitchen. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
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The boathouse has an amazing view. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
The private massage room. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
A pool with a view. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
The outdoor Japanese soaking tub. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
The guest cottage. Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty
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Restored Bridgehampton Home With 18th Century Roots Asks $28.5M

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A historic Bridgehampton home that has been given a new life during a massive renovation in recent years has hit the market. Offered for $28.5 million, the house at 25 Quimby Lane is listed with Frank Newbold and Beate V. Moore of Sotheby’s International Realty.

Once known as Palmer Cottage, the home was originally built in 1700 by Albert and Cornelia Palmer. In the 19th century, the property was later leased to the inventor E.E. Quimby, a patent lawyer who sold lightning rods. He eventually bought the surrounding 32 acres and then built the country lane and family compound in his name. The home was rebuilt in 1902 in the cottage style and was expanded to include a third floor that boasted ocean views.

Chris Mitchell, the former publisher of Vanity Fair, and Pilar Guzmán, former editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler and co-founder of social platform The Swell, purchased the home, now set on a gated 2.33 acres, in 2019. They oversaw an extensive renovation and restoration effort under the expert eye of Anne Sherry, a Sag Harbor-based architect.

The house had been stripped of its historical character by prior owners, the couple told Bloomberg in announcing their home is on the market. They took inspiration from the original exterior, Guzmán said. “We added on a wing, and we said we want to make it bigger, but make it seem like it was expanded ‘organically’ over time.

The home, with its covered front porch, features a premium quality, high-style custom design throughout the 12,000 square feet of living space on four floors, including a full finished lower level. During the renovation, they uncovered 30-foot-long pieces of timber that had been used as vertical supports and used them as room ties and ceiling details, according to the Bloomberg article.

There are a total of 10 ensuite bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms. The bathrooms are outfitted with Carrara Bianco marble and Lefroy Brooks fittings.

The large, sun-filled rooms offer rift cut white oak floors and handmade mahogany windows. There are separate living and dining rooms.

The open concept kitchen and family room is the place where most of the gathering will likely occur. The kitchen with Paonazzo Caldia marble counters and slab walls, a 16-foot center island, a handmade brass china cabinet and Gaggenau appliances.

In addition, there is a spa, steam room, wine room, fitness studio and home theater.

The grounds include a 50-foot heated pool, a Har-Tru tennis court and an entertaining pavilion. A hornbeam allee features a 20-foot dining table.

There is also a two-car carriage house and a separate studio building.

The property is located on the corner of Quimby Lane and Ocean Road, just minutes to Bridgehampton’s downtown or Straight Beach at the end of Ocean Road, but is also in close proximity to the Village of Sagaponack. The property even comes with deeded access to Sagg Pond.

[Listing: 25 Quimby Lane, Bridgehampton | Brokers: Frank Newbold and Beate Moore, Sotheby’s International Realty] GMAP

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Richard Taverna for Sotheby’s International Realty
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Richard Taverna for Sotheby’s International Realty
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Richard Taverna for Sotheby’s International Realty
Richard Taverna for Sotheby’s International Realty
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Richard Taverna for Sotheby’s International Realty
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Customized Mattituck Home With Panoramic Sound Views Asks $4.8M

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A custom-built home on the North Fork with sweeping views of the Long Island Sound offers plenty of space for relaxing or entertaining with a modern interior. The home at 1505 Naugles Drive in Mattituck is asking $4.795 million, making it one of the most expensive homes currently for sale on the North Fork.

The nearly 5,700-square-foot home is elevated on “an exclusive estate setting,” according to Susan Orioli of NOFO Real Estate. The property, just under an acre, was described as a waterfront oasis with a saltwater freeform pool, surrounded by a patio, and private dock.

The home offers six bedrooms and a five-and-a-half baths. It was built in 2008 “with precision and superb quality designer finishes,” the listing says.

With a traditional look from the exterior and a brick facade, steps lead to the front door, under a covered porch that wraps around the side of the house.

The double-height foyer with a dramatic chandelier leads to an open floor plan and large windows and glass doors take advantage of the breathtaking panoramic views just beyond the stone patio and waterside pool. The great room features a three-sided glass lineal fireplace with an unusual stone hearth and stone accent walls.

There are several different seating areas and a dining area, before you reach the gourmet kitchen, which is a chef’s dream. There are two islands and plenty of prep space and high-end appliances, including a gas stove.

A modern staircase leads to the second level, where a balcony wraps around the back side of the house. At the top of the landing is a family room with a fireplace, access to the balcony and views straight across the sound to Connecticut.

Many of the bedrooms, including the generously-sized master, also boast balconies and water views. The master bathroom offers dual stone vanities and a Jacuzzi tub from which you can enjoy a sunset waterview.

There is also a playroom, an exercise room, and a home office. There are hardwood floors on the first two levels.

An expansive lower level, with a tile floor, offers even more space with an area being used as a theater. There is also a two-car garage.

Additional amenities include a glass-enclosed wine room, a home automation with premium audio equipment, and an outdoor kitchen, bocci court, and fire pit.

The property is well-landscaped with native plants and stone revetments.

This home offers the ultimate in privacy and luxury, plus access to the water.

[Listing: 1505 Naugles Drive, Mattituck| Broker: Susan Orioli, NOFO Real Estate] GMAP

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Celebrity Designer Asking Just Under $7M for Village of East Hampton Home

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Acclaimed interior designer Waldo Fernandez is looking for a buyer for his unique home in the Village of East Hampton. The tranquil Georgica abode, just five blocks from the ocean, is now listed at $6.995 million.

Jack Pearson of the CeeJackTeam at Compass has the listing for the 6,000-square-foot home with modern-yet-rustic interiors that are said to be inspired by the celebrity designer’s travels to Thailand.

“Each area of the house is thoughtfully laid out, beautifully furnished and provides an inspiring setting for whatever the task at hand,” according to the listing.

Fernandez’s clients have included Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt and Will Smith. He also designed the Architectural Digest Greenroom at the 84th annual Academy Awards.

His shingled-style home in East Hampton actually consists of three structures, built around a lotus pond, on 1.25 acres. There’s also a black granite infinity pool.

“Deep verandas surround the house and large louvered shutters sing out tropical lifestyle,” according to the CeeJackTeam. “Even the long approach to the house from the street provides vignettes that calm and nourish the creative soul.”

Inside, the main living area is an open concept. The kitchen has dark wood cabinetry to match the floors, professional appliances, and a butler’s pantry. The dining and living areas boast an impressive-looking fireplace and feature surrounding windows that look out onto the mahogany deck and infinity pool.

There are covered wrap-around porches on the first and second floors, where some of the bedrooms have direct access and views of the lotus-filled pond.  In total there are six bedrooms, six full baths, and two half-baths.

The home, built in 2006, has several bonus rooms, including a music room, located across a skybridge from the main house. There is also a separate media/living room with a full bath and massage room with half bath.

A finished lower level offers even more space with a laundry room and a fitness studio. Plus, there is an attached two car garage.

The property is well-landscaped, with lush bamboo groves.

“This spectacular property is like no other,” the listings says. We would agreed with that.

Fernandez first listed the home in 2014 for $9.5 million, according to CurbedHamptons.

[Listing: 51 East Hollow Road, East Hampton | Brokers: Jack Pearson of the CeeJackTeam] GMAP

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Traditional Hamptons Home on Shelter Island Asks $2.85M

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A shingled traditional Hamptons home on a lush private acre near the water on Shelter Island is available for $2.85 million.

The 4,343-square-foot abode was built in 2006 with an open concept interior, and is listed with Seth P. Madore of The Corcoran Group.

The four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath home begins with a great room with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light. A brick fireplace surrounded by a stately wood mantle is the centerpiece of the room. A set of glass doors lead to the deck that overlooks the pool and backyard.

The natural light continues to flow into the kitchen area with an adjoining breakfast room that also boasts a wall of windows and a screen-in porch. The kitchen itself is well-equipped with Wolf appliances. A nearby formal dining room also benefits from oversized windows.

The primary bedroom suite, a generously-sized room, is located on the first floor, and includes a sitting area and access to the backyard. The adjoining bathroom is luxurious with dual sinks, a deep soaking tub, and a glass-enclosed shower.

Upstairs, there is a second primary suite that also has a sitting area and a five-fixture bathroom. Three more bedrooms are also located on the second floor, including an enormous bedroom with lots of windows that is being used as a playroom and office.

More recreational space can be found on the finished lower level, where there is a large den and media room/theater. There is also a full bathroom.

The home also has an attached two-car garage, located just off the laundry room on the first floor.

The well landscaped grounds are complete with a heated gunite pool, a pool cabana, an outdoor shower, and built-in barbecue.

This Shelter Island home is located close to West Neck Bay and Menantic Creek, and restaurants like the popular SALT.

[Listing: 6 Fred’s Lane, Shelter Island| Broker: Seth P. Madore, The Corcoran Group] GMAP

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Former Montauk Home of Bernie Madoff Asks $17.9M

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Bernie Madoff’s former oceanfront house in Montauk is back on the market, this time for $17 million.

The 1.5-acre property located west of downtown Montauk, previously put on the market in 2018 for $21 million, is listed with Chris Coleman at Compass.

The bungalow-style home, which was seized by the federal government after Madoff was arrested for a $65 billion investment scam, has since been updated and improved since the days Madoff and his family spent time there.

The developer Steve Roth and his wife, theater producer Daryl Roth, bought the property for $9.41 million— $660,000 more than the asking price. The money was used to pay back some of the 24,000 people who lost money in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

The Roths hired Thierry Despont, the renowned architect who has worked for the likes of Bill Gates and Oscar de la Renta, for the extensive renovation of the 3,000-square-foot house, which boasts 180 feet of beach frontage and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The house is also within 150 feet of the beach —  no longer allowed under zoning laws.

Gone is the 1980s-feel of the home, including including the formica countertops (Madoff and his wife Ruth bought the home in 1982 for $250,000). Forbes once quoted a realtor as saying the house was “a 1980s dump set in a fabulous location.”

Among the highlights is a two-story great room that looks out onto the ocean through oversized glass doors that can be pulled back for the best in indoor-outdoor living. The room also features a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a stone fireplace, and curved sitting area, perfect for reading by the oceanside, Coleman says.

The gourmet eat-in kitchen is a fully equipped open space with room for a large table and also offers ocean views. A butler’s pantry is also located off of the kitchen. Sliders offer direct access to the covered patio, where another large table allows for al fresco meals to the sound of the ocean.

There are three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms with two bedrooms on the first floor, both with ocean views. Two full baths and one half bath is also located on this level.

Up on the second floor is the master suite, which offers its own private oceanfront deck. The bathroom features luxurious amenities such as radiant heated Travertine floors, a spa-like shower, is decked out in onyx, and even a separate balcony with an outdoor shower just in case you feel like showering outside instead. There is also a set of walk-in closets.

Coleman says buyers will find new mechanical systems throughout the house, including a Crestron-controlled environment that incorporates the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, audio, lighting, automatic shades and the radiantly heated floors.

A new free-form gunite pool, cabana, and wrap-around decking are located to the east of the covered patio.  The wide sandy beach is only steps away with private access on the southwest corner of the property.

The property is also now gated.

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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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Credit: Gavin Zeigler for Sotheby’s International Realty
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Credit: Gavin Zeigler for Sotheby’s International Realty
Credit: Gavin Zeigler for Sotheby’s International Realty
Credit: Gavin Zeigler for Sotheby’s International Realty
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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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