As the spearhead of the literary modernism movement and one of America’s most important writers, John Steinbeck revolutionized the role of the “author.” He is at the forefront of American literature and at the top of most high school reading lists.
Now, his name is on another list—because his former home at the Sag Harbor oceanfront cottage is for sale, listed at $16.75 million. Doreen Atkins of Sotheby’s International Realty represents the listing.
Steinbeck turned his vacation getaway spot into his home where his most famous novels would be written.
Located in Sag Harbor, New York the cottage-core house was purchased by Steinbeck in 1955 and boasts nearly two acres of land with views over Morris Cove and Upper Sag Harbor Cove.
The 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom property includes a pool, a guest house and a 60-foot-pier. The main cottage counts two bedrooms and two bath areas with a large stone fireplace in the living room and beamed cathedral ceilings. In the living room, you'll find a spiral staircase that leads to the library loft built by the Steinbecks during their tenure.
Oak floors, large windows and beautiful french doors line the house and allow lots of sunshine to flood the rooms. Even better, the exterior is situated on 586 feet of waterfront which circles around on two sides, and who wouldn't love this emerald lawn with its scattering of old-growth shade trees?
The property also includes Steinbeck's very own writing hut, which the Grapes of Wrath author built himself. Here, he could work without distractions, and the serene water views over Morris Cove must have been inspiring. The hut is still intact, and future owners can sit in the exact spot as Steinbeck did when he wrote his novels.
Steinbeck wrote The Winter of Our Discontent and Travels With Charley at this location. The author lived in this home, which he described as “Eden,” from 1955 until he died in 1968.
Writing, fishing, swimming and soaking up the scenery are a few of the many things that can be done on this property. Who knows? Maybe you will write a Pulitzer prize-winning novel of your own!
See more pictures below, and learn more about the home via the official listing.