John Steinbeck’s ‘Little Fishing Place’ at Saig Harbor Is in the Market

    John Steinbeck’s longtime home in Sag Harbor, NY, a cozy cottage on a quiet cove where he spent his summers writing and fishing, is on the market for the first time in more than six decades.

    The acclaimed novelist, whose works include “Mice and Men” and “Grapes of Wrath”, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, bought the house in 1955 from Sag Harbor Bay, with his third wife Ellen and Anderson Steinbeck. Former actress and Broadway stage manager. He Until his death in 1968, he split his time between his residence in Hampton and his apartment in the Upper East Side.

    Steinbeck mentions the Sag Harbor home as “my little fishing spot” in his book, “Travels with Charlie,” chronicling his cross-country road trip with his beloved dog. And it was at home, where he began that 10,000-mile journey in 1960, and where he wrote his final novel, “The Winter of Our Decent,” set in a fictional coastal town like Saig Harbor.

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    The 1.8-acre property, about 1.2 miles from the center of the village, is being sold through a trust established by Ms. Steinbeck before her death in 2003. Over the years, the families of John Steinbeck and Elaine Steinbeck engaged in legal disputes and struggles for the rights of their works, and, at times, home ownership in Sag Harbor.

    According to the listing broker, Doreen L. of Sotheby’s International Realty. According to Atkins, the house is valued at $ 17.9 million. The annual property tax for Saig Harbor and Southampton, where the village is located, totaled $ 32,295.

    One-story, wood-shedding cottages lie on a grassy peninsula between Morris and Upper Saag Harbor Caves on the water’s edge, with a water range of approximately 586 feet. The house is surrounded by oak, walnut and cherry trees and has a free-form pool called family members through the property in the middle of a “cement pond”. There are also two additional structures near the water: Steinbeck’s 100-square-foot, hexagonal “writing house” that he lovingly called Joyce Garde after Sir Lancelot’s palace; And a 120-square-foot guest cottage, known as a “cozy cabin”, with two twin beds, a bathroom, and an outdoor shower. There is a two-car garage with a rear shed and a 60-foot pier.

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    Ms Atkins called the house “special and rare”.

    “Usually you don’t get a pier and you don’t get water,” he said, noting that the property was “private and protected”, in large part due to its slope. “It has historical value because Steinbeck owned it. He There was a presence in the village. “

    Steinbeck was often seen around Sag Harbor in his fisherman’s hat and rubber boots, in places like Cove Dallikatessen on Main Street and socializing with his fishing friends. He Also seen on his 22-foot cabin boat, Phere Eleni, is his wife.

    Two summers ago the village honored its famous resident by opening the 1.25-acre John Steinbeck waterfront park.

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    Clark Cover, nephew of Ms. Steinbeck and trustee of her estate, has fond memories of summers spent at home as a child. “Ellen used to invite each of us to spend two weeks with her – one week in the city and one week in Sag Harbor,” said Mr. Gupta, who runs a financial services company in Austin, Texas. “It was a different world for us.”

    He And his older brother, he said, particularly enjoyed swimming in the pool, scavenging for shells and crabs on his small beach and playing creek with his aunt on the lawn. Mr. Gupta and other family members continued to use the property over the years, and he often helped maintain it. “I go up every spring to open it and every fall and close it,” he said.

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    But in recent years, he said, the house has been underutilized by his family. “With the demise of Aunt Ellen and mother, we all lost the most important reasons to travel there,” he said.

    The main cottage, painted in a dark gray color, sits beyond a long gravel lane. A sign near the front door reads “Eden”. The house measures 1,220 sq ft and includes two bedrooms and two full baths, as well as what Steinbeck calls a library scaffolding.

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    The house is entered through a small foyer with a skylight, a standard doodle of Stanibek on the scaffold, a painting of Charlie living with wooden beams, exposed wooden beams and a grand fieldstone chimney Leads to the room. Custom-made bookcases are filled with some of Steinbeck’s favorite books, which were awarded the 1962 Nobel Prize for Literature.

    The living room includes a dining space, with French doors that open onto an outdoor terrace. Beyond the living room is a sunroom and kitchen equipped with countertops and a center island in zinc. A spiral staircase in the living room connects to a windowed scaffold, with additional bookcases and two daybeds.

    The living room is a guest bedroom. The primary bedroom, which has an en suite bathroom, is located at the end of a long hallway with various photographs of Steinbeck and his family and friends. The suite has sliding glass doors that open outwards. There is also a second bathroom from the hallway.

    The entire house has oak floors and several oversize windows that bring in abundance of light and offer amazing views of the beautiful environment.

    “It’s a small hut,” Ms. Atkins said. “And it looks this bizarre.”

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    Credit …Gavin Ziegler for Sotheby’s International Realty

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