Thursday, April 10, 2014

Looking for a Summer Retreat?

Bob and Buffy found this comfy retreat in 1959.   Swan Cove is located just outside East Hampton, NY at 42 Hwy Behind the Pond.  The white lines in the photo below represent the property boundaries of the 3.1 acre estate.  The small group of homes is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Hook Pond and on two sides by the Maidstone Club. 

The structure on the property was originally a dairy barn converted to a summer cottage by Gerald Murphy**.  By the time Bob and Buffy moved in, the "Pink House" had 3,500 sq. ft., 6 bedrooms and 6 baths. 

These pictures were taken when Swan Cove was up for sale in 2009.  It was purchased for $19,000,00 ... woof ... and The Pink House was destroyed and replaced by a 7,450 sq. ft. residence.

I would imagine Bob's favorite part of the property was the 504' direct frontage on Hook Pond with dock.  If you can't go hunting on your property, one needs a boat and access to good fishing, right?!

Bob just had great taste when it came to his residences. 

**  Twas reminded of one of my favorite biographies, Calvin Tomkins' "Living Well is the Best Revenge" about the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy.  Great read, particularly if you are interested in the literary world of the 1920s. 

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