Sag Harbor Home Where John Steinbeck Wrote Final Novel Lists for $18 Million

That waterfront house in the Hamptons was recently listed for $17.9 million, setting up its first sale considering that Steinbeck moved in more than 65 years ago.The Sag Harbor home sits on a 1.8-acre property boasting more than 580 feet of private waterfront and a 60-foot pier, with western-facing views of Morris Cove and Upper Sag Harbor Cove. According to The New York Times, after years of posthumous ownership disputes, the home is being sold through a trust developed by the late Elaine Steinbeck, the authors 3rd wife.The primary home includes 2 bedrooms and two restrooms, plus a high-ceilinged living space adorned with bookcase-lined walls and a fieldstone fireplace beneath a portrait of Steinbecks poodle Charley.
Photo: Gavin Zeigler for Sothebys International RealtyElsewhere on the home are a guest cottage complete with complete restroom, outside shower, and waterfront views, and a little hexagon-shaped structure surrounded by large windows that Steinbeck used as a writing area. Steinbeck bought the home in 1955 and spent much of his time there till his death in 1968. The home was apparently the beginning point for the cross-country journey the author recorded in his 1962 book Travels With Charley: In Search of America, and is likewise where he composed his final book, 1961s The Winter of Our Discontent, which was embeded in an imaginary Long Island town apparently inspired by Steinbecks new seaside environments.

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