House: Author’s Wainscott Hideaway

An interior of author Steven Gaines' Wainsott home, with is for sale.
An interior of author Steven Gaines’ Wainsott home, with is for sale.

Steven Gaines can’t stand the thought of selling his home — a 3,200-square-foot respite with walls of glass and double-height ceilings less than 1 mile from the beach in Wainscott South.

But for the first time since the East End author has owned it, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath — complete with a sunken tub in a greenhouse off the master — has hit the market for nearly $3 million, represented by Bonny Aarons of Douglas Elliman.

“I haven’t decided to sell. I hate the idea, to tell you the truth,” Gaines said. “I’m just a few minutes from the beach. On the other hand, it’s a lot of house and I’m tired of writing books to pay for landscaping.

“I love this house. So does everybody who comes here,” he continued. “It’s got a really good feeling, and I’ve written a lot of books here.”

Among them are “Philistines at the Hedgerow,” “The Sky’s the Limit,” “Simply Halston: The Untold Story” and “Obsession: The Lives and Times of Calvin Klein,” now as much a part of the home’s legacy as its layout.

“This house has the greatest great room of any great house in the greater Hamptons,” Gaines said. “You could put a tennis court in here, and yet they way it’s laid out it can still be intimate.”

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