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Homes for every hunter, from a celebrated writer’s Sag Harbor retreat to a power base on the Upper East Side.


A view to an outdoor lounging and dining area in East Hampton with a fireplace, 66-foot pool, grill and pizza oven.

by Nancy Kane

Sag Harbor has always been a writers community; its small-town charm drew Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson (Burn This) to Suffolk Street. Now Wilson’s picture-perfect Egyptian Revival, completely renovated in 2016, has come to market for $8.995 million with Compass’ Matt Breitenbach and Beth Felsen. The 1840s 5-bedroom, four-level home, located on one of the best walking streets in America, features terraces, gardens and a 50-foot gunite pool. Interior designer David Kleinberg and architect Martin Sosa have melded history with luxury, creating baseboard, crown and door frames from original moldings; restoring hand-blown double-glazed windows; and putting 19th-century wide-plank oak flooring throughout.

A fully renovated 1840s retreat in Sag Harbor

The north woods of East Hampton are home to many a Hamptons elite (Neil Patrick Harris, for one) and this listing is sure to be snatched up by someone with taste and a desire for luxurious solitude. Built by McLoughlin Construction with architect Blaze Makoid, this newly constructed, 10,000-square-foot dream home, surrounded by whispering woods and lush foliage, is situated in a veritable tree house. An expansive outdoor lounging and dining area with fireplace, 66-foot infinity-edge pool, grill and pizza oven make this an ideal home for entertaining. There’s even an adult playroom equipped with a billiards table and bar. Ann Ciardullo, Keith Green and Rylan Jacka at Sotheby’s have the listing, offered at $8,495,000.

This Victorian home in Southampton features original woodwork and windows.

In the village of Southampton at the picturesque intersection of Post Crossing and Elm Street, an iconic turn-of-the-century home has been lovingly restored, and is now on the market for just under $5 million with Mary Slattery and Pam Jackson of Corcoran. Period details such as woodwork, detailing and windows have been preserved. Modern features include a geothermal heating and cooling system for energy efficiency. A state-of-the-art kitchen opens to a cheery great room, which overlooks a heated gunite pool. Five bedrooms and 4.5 baths (including a two-room master with balcony) surround a custom staircase leading to a third floor living space. The wraparound porch with porte cochere creates a grand impression befitting this Village Victorian. You’re in walking distance to everything.

As August draws to a close, home-seekers look west, and this year’s buzzed-about residence is the stunning Beckford House & Tower, a collection of 1- to 6-bedroom condominiums (ranging in price from $2 million for 1-bedrooms to $20 million for penthouses) on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Designed by William Sofield, one of the most distinctive and creative interior designer/architects around (his clients include Tom Ford, Gucci, YSL and the Soho Grand) and his award-winning design firm Studio Sofield, these are twin residential buildings with features that include roof decks, fitness centers, a yoga studio, and an indoor pool. The apartments are a celebration of classical and contemporary craftsmanship, luxury and custom detailing.