Looking to Pen Your Next Novel? Try One of These Four Former Writerly Retreats



This Sagaponack home, designed in the modern farmhouse vernacular and once owned by author James Jones, is on the market for just under $8 million with Sotheby's International Realty.

Though most people draw the limit at 140 characters nowadays, it wasn’t so long ago that the Hamptons was a big lure for literary types. James Jones, author of From Here to Eternity (the novel about American soldiers in Hawaii, not the trip out east on the L.I.E.), worked on the trilogy’s final installment in the Sagaponack farmhouse where he and his wife moved in the 1970s. Called Chateau Spud, after the East End’s legendary crop, it also served as a gathering place for Jones’s literary circle, including Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, and Kurt Vonnegut. Now on the market for $7.995 million, the home on Sagg Main Street was restored and expanded by the current owners, who purchased it from Jones’s estate after the author’s wife, Gloria Jones, died in 2006, says Rylan Jacka of Sotheby’s International Realty, who has the listing with Melissa Green, also of Sotheby’s.

In Sagaponack, a modern farmhouse and poolhouse, is on the market for just under $8 million.

Novelist Leon Uris made Shelter Island his primary residence from 1990 until his death in 2003, living in a Ralph Kast–built four-bedroom contemporary on North Ferry Road just outside Shelter Island Heights. Listed for $1.595 million with Penelope Moore of Saunders & Associates, it still bears relics from Uris’s time, including encyclopedia sets, tomes on military maneuvers, and boxes of first editions in the garage. “We’re leaving a lot of things just the way Uris left them,” says the home’s current owner, designer Michel Kramer-Metraux.

British rock journalist Nik Cohn has listed his seven-bedroom Shelter Island farmhouse for $1.695 million.

Moore also holds the $1.695 million listing for the seven-bedroom Shelter Island farmhouse of British rock journalist Nik Cohn, who was the inspiration for the Who’s “Pinball Wizard” and whose other claim to fame was writing the New York magazine story that inspired the film Saturday Night Fever (which he later admitted to fabricating). Dating from 1880, the Burns Road home was first a farmhouse, became the Harbor Inn in the 1940s, and in the 1960s was turned into a family restaurant. For more than a year after Cohn bought the place, in 1985, Moore recounts, “people would stumble through the back door thinking it was a restaurant.”

Mystery novelist Robert Upton’s Water Mill compound is on the market for $2.45 million with Brown Harris Stevens.

Novelist Robert Upton, the scribe behind the Amos McGuffin mystery series, has listed his $2.45 million Water Mill property with Diane Sadowski and Nancy Grady of Brown Harris Stevens. Part of its appeal is a writer’s atelier atop the pool house—not such an easy get, since Upton had to prove to the Town of Southampton that he was using the space (modeled after Ernest Hemingway’s own digs in Key West) to pursue his craft, even producing published works to demonstrate his livelihood. Meanwhile, the $3.895 million Westhampton Beach property where Budd Schulberg penned his Academy Award–winning screenplay for On the Waterfront—first reported for sale last summer in HC&G—is still on the market.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 1 2015 issue of Hamptons Cottages & Gardens with the headline: Deeds & Don'ts: Writerly Retreats.

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17 Brush Island Road, Darien, CT
Sitting elevated on 1.23 acres with 430 feet of shoreline, with private dock and sandy beach, pool with automatic cover, green roof garden, extensive landscaping and terraces, this custom 7,900 square foot family home exudes warmth and country elegance with water views from nearly every room. With a breathtaking master suite, and incredible architectural and artistic details throughout, Brush Island is a year round oasis where outside spaces integrate seamlessly with unique natural surroundings.



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NO RESERVE AUCTION. Fully Renovated
4 Bedroom Federal Home in
Southport, Connecticut

A coastal gem! Historic home reimagined with no expense spared. Famed architect Jack Franzen and designer Tom Scheerer have created a truly stunning masterpiece of colonial living. Marvelous views of Southport Harbor, Long Island Sound, and the Country Club of Fairfield golf course. Take a stroll to Pequot Yacht Club, shops, restaurants and the train. This seaside home is the ideal New England estate.



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Lake Front Compound in Greenwich
Private compound on 5.7 lakefront acres in the estate section of Greenwich CT. Meticulous attention to detail with luxury finishes and extraordinary workmanship seen throughout this 9 bedroom Georgian Colonial. Guest House with professional recording studio and living quarters. Extensive terraces and gardens, pool, pool pavilion all overlooking lake with its own island.



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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.



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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

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