• Shivani Vora

Hamptons Happenings: John Steinbeck’s Sag Harbor is for Sale

Updated: Mar 30


March 8, 2021

Gavin Zeigler for Sotheby’s International Realty


Few people know that author John Steinbeck once called the Hamptons home. The renowned scribe lived in a waterfront property in Sag Harbor and finished his final novel “The Winter of Discontent,” published in 1961, from his East Coast adobe.

Steinbeck moved into the home in 1955 and spent extensive time there until he died in 1968.

Today, for the first time since his death, the house is for sale. The asking price for the two bedroom, three bathroom waterfront property, which spans 1,220 square feet, is $17.9 million.

When talking about this refuge, Steinbeck famously said, '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....' By John Steinbeck

Located at the end of a long lane on nearly two acres of land, the property has a main house with both bedrooms and two bathrooms. It gets plenty of natural light thanks to the cathedral ceilings in the living room and walls of windows in the kitchen that face the water. The space also has a loft with bookcases that overlooks the living room.

Then there’s a gazebo shaped guest house, which is known as John's 'Writing House” because the author spent his days writing here. It’s cozy but has a full bathroom and outdoor shower.

The outdoor areas are a highlight and include a pool surrounded by trees and a 60 foot-long dock that can accommodate a boat.

Privacy and the quintessential waterfront life are in store for the new owner. And of course the promise of living in the same house where Steinbeck once did- a place that he adored until his final days.


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