Best-selling author Steven Gaines has placed his Wainscott house on the market for $2.995 million.
The 3,200-square-foot Contemporary — where Gaines wrote many of his books, including “Philistines at the Hedgerow: Passion and Property in the Hamptons” — has four bedrooms and 3 1⁄2 bathrooms. It includes a 70-foot-long great room with nearly 20-foot ceilings and walls of glass that entirely open to the patio and in-ground pool.
Off the master bedroom is a greenhouse that boasts a sunken tub. The guest bedrooms have sliding glass doors leading out to the pool area. The .90-acre property, which is listed with Bonny Aarons of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, is minutes from the beach.
“I’ve loved the house and now it’s time for somebody else to love it,” Gaines said from San Diego, where he is on a tour promoting his new memoir, “One of These Things First.”
When Gaines first visited the Hamptons in 1973, he said a wealthy couple told him that he “can’t be a party boy and a writer.”
They insisted he needed a quiet place, gave him the keys to their house and told him to go there to write. There he wrote his first book and decided the Hamptons was where he belonged. In 1980, he purchased the Wainscott house, which has since been his year-round residence.
“The Hamptons has been a cradle of the arts for over 100 years now,” said Gaines, who also co-founded the Hamptons International Film Festival. “It’s a wonderful place to write, just not anymore in July and August.”
Now 70, Gaines said he will likely downsize to something more simple in the Hamptons and a pied-a-terre in Manhattan.
The Wainscott house, he said, “was built to be glamorous, and that’s what attracted me to it.” It once belonged to Bill Higgins, who owned The Swamp, a gay club in Wainscott. Gaines said that Higgins had the house built not far from the club so when the it closed, the clubgoers could head to the house.
“Somebody once said to me, ‘Can the walls speak?’” Gaines recalled. “And I said, ‘They don’t speak. But you hear Donna Summer murmuring ‘Love to Love You Baby.’ ”