John Steinbeck’s Serene Sag Harbor Home Lists for $17.9M

It’s no secret that many authors like to take retreats to write their masterpieces. For good reason. Imagine if Jane Austen had lost her train of thought when thinking of Elizabeth Bennett or if Ian Fleming was interrupted while crafting an iconic James Bond plot twist. Luckily, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck had a beloved place to go: His waterfront Sag Harbor home. Soon after publishing East of Eden in the 1950s, Steinbeck purchased the precious property. Now, so many years later, it has been listed by his family members for $17.9 million.

“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.” These were words Steinbeck spoke, eloquently gushing over his serene refuge. With coves on both sides of the 1.8-acre property for a total of 586 feet of water frontage, the beauty of the seasons unfolds here as effortlessly as the author’s stories have.

Adding a sprinkle of complexity, the property has multiple structures. While some may be most interested in seeing the quaint two-bedroom, two-bath main home or the ‘Cozy Cabin,’ Steinbeck’s legacy lives brightest in his ‘Writing House.’ Situated right on the point, it’s a secluded, gazebo-like spot where the legendary figure could put pen to paper in peace.

With a 60-foot dock and a pool John Steinbeck dubbed his “Cement Pond,” writing wasn’t all that the literary legend was up to at his home. As many know so well, the Hamptons is all about enjoyment, which is a given at this Eden.

Doreen Atkins of Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing.