John Steinbeck’s Sag Harbor Retreat Awaits a Buyer After His Family Edits the Price Tag

You might expect to find classic books while strolling into shops in Sag Harbor, but did you know you could buy John Steinbeck’s waterfront escape? Steinbeck’s family members listed his Sag Harbor retreat in February of last year for $17.9 million and edited the price tag to $16.75 million last August. Staying steady at the same ask for a whole year now, it’s still looking for a buyer.

Built in 1929, Steinbeck bought the property out east in the 1950s after publishing the novel East of Eden. The 1.8-acre waterfront expanse still has a novel-worthy charm. The main house is a charming three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage with views of the cove. Its living room is a book-lover’s dream with bookcases filling an entire wall. The library loft, created by Steinbeck, can act as a kids’ bedroom, playroom, or simple reading nook.

While open floor plans are all the rage, separation is a must for those creatively inclined, or it was for Steinbeck. The best-selling author’s property includes his “Writing House,” an inspiring and serene perch overlooking the water. The “Cozy Cabin” offers space for two more guests to sleep, plus an outdoor shower and additional bathroom.

Pull out your poolside picks and boat books because the property allows for all sorts of aquatic experiences. Steinbeck referred to his pool as the “cement pond,” while the 60-foot dock is perfect for moments closer to nature watching the sunset. The Pulitzer-prize winning novelist famously said of his home, “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.”

Whether one is looking for a primary residence or just somewhere to get away to, the property is patiently awaiting its next steward. Doreen Atkins of Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing.