Artist Cecile Defforey, who’s the niece of French playwright and novelist Francoise Sagan, would paint landscapes from the back deck of her Brookhaven house that she says were “a paradise vision of my life here.”
That vision will soon belong to others now that Defforey has found a buyer for the two-story house, which sits on three secluded acres along Bellport Bay.
Defforey purchased the house in 1999.
“I liked it because there was nothing around and there was plenty of sun,” she says. “It’s like you’re at the end of the world but you are an hour and 15 minutes from New York City, so that really surprised me.”
The 1987 home, which was on the market for $2.45 million and is now in contract, includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms. It offers what listing agent Franck Verhaeghe of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty describes as a 360-degree view of water and nature. The property, with a private deeded dock, is surrounded by marshes and wetlands that are protected by the Post-Morrow Foundation, say Verhaeghe.
“[Defforey] could have lived anywhere else in the world, but she found this spot and fell in love with it,” Verhaeghe says.
All five bedrooms open to either a private terrace or the back deck, which is the full length of the back of the house and offers views of the Great South Bay, Bellport Marina and Beaverdam Creek. The main level includes a granite kitchen and a living and dining room area that features walls of glass-pane doors and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace. Off the kitchen and dining room is an art studio that also has doors opening to the deck.
The master bedroom includes a private bathroom with a claw-foot tub, a walk-in closet and a roof deck. It’s situated on the second level along with an additional bedroom that is en suite and has a private deck.
The 2.98-acre property, with taxes of $21,044, includes a finished basement and an attached two-car garage.
Property records show that Defforey purchased the house in 1999 for $635,000, and Verhaeghe says she later added to the now 6,000-square-foot house.
Neighboring properties are owned by television personality Charlie Rose, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actress Isabella Rossellini, Verhaeghe says.