Former Truman Capote Hamptons Home on Market for $14.6 Million


Artist Ross Bleckner has put Truman Capote’s former Hamptons saltbox house, which he purchased for $800,000 in 1993 from the Nature Conservancy, on the market for $14.6 million, according to the Wall Street Journal:

“The artist restored and enlarged the home, which is in Southampton’s hamlet of Sagaponack and sits on four acres near the beach, adjacent to a nature preserve. The main house, now 2,000 square feet, has a view of the ocean. There’s also a 1,900-square-foot studio, a two-bedroom guest house, a detached garage and a pool. The author of “In Cold Blood” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Mr. Capote purchased the Sagaponack home in the early ’60s and was a high-society fixture until he published ‘Answered Prayers,’ an exposé of his wealthy friends, provoking a scandal. He died in 1984 and left the house to his longtime companion, Jack Dunphy, who died in 1992 and left the property to the Conservancy.”


According to DansHamptons: “Capote commissioned the two-story, flat-roofed, saltbox studio near Gibson Beach in 1961. He liked to emphasize that he decorated the home himself: ‘For me it’s a bore to use a decorator…I just don’t care to have someone come in and tell me what I need to live with. I know.’ He would remove his shoes upon entering the house, trying to preserve the highly-polished floor coated with blue boat-deck paint. ‘Truman had his own style,’ continues Clarke, ‘he liked to combine very elegant things with sort of absurd bric-a-brac that caught his fancy. It was characteristically eclectic.'”


(images DansHamptons, middle image horst, 1965)


  1. Jonathan says

    Interesting story, but this house is not a saltbox house. A saltbox house is a classic colonial New England form, with a steep-pitched gabled roof that slopes down to a 2-story front and a 1-story rear.

  2. Jonathan says

    By the way, ‘saltbox’ refers only to the form of the house, it does not need to be near the ocean. You could build one in the deserts of Kazakhstan if you so desired and it would still be a saltbox if it had the structure described above. The style was popularized in the mid-20th Century by the architect Royal Barry Wills who, although he designed housed mostly in the NE USA, had pictures and plans widely published in popular magazines.

  3. Hampton McHomo says

    Millard Drexler formerly of Gap and now of J Crew bought Warhols place that Halston rented for most of the 70’s and 80’s. Are there any Gays left out there?

  4. lara says

    Oh, it’s things like these that make me wish I was rich. I simply love, love, love T.C.! I highly recommend his underrated short stories! Ah, he was a genius.

  5. TomTheBuilder says

    FYI, gurls, the saltbox dates back to the 18th century’s snow inundated winters in colonial America. Neither front nor rear, the steeper side of the roof faced north for the very utilitarian reason that a roof is more airtight than a wall, windowed or not, and a snow covered roof is more insulated against heat loss than a bare one whipped by a northern wind. And, speaking of whips, gotta get back to my sweetheart!