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The Writer Kati Marton Is Selling Her Cottage in Southampton

For the creator Kati Marton, the Hamptons have been a welcome haven for a few years, particularly Southampton.

She and her husband, the diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, spent many weekends at their waterfront cottage there, simply north of the village heart, the place they’d swim, kayak, experience bikes or calm down by a fireplace. Ms. Marton additionally wrote three of her books in the Southampton home, together with her newest, an upcoming biography of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We did some intense socializing in the city,” Ms. Marton stated of their former condominium on the Beresford on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. And they traversed the world collectively a couple of instances. “But this house,” she stated, “was more of a sanctuary for family and close friends.”



Those associates occurred to incorporate different outstanding diplomats like Kofi Annan, who served because the secretary common of the United Nations, and with whom Mr. Holbrooke had solid a detailed relationship throughout his tenure as U.N. ambassador. After Mr. Holbrooke’s demise in 2010, Ms. Marton and her son and daughter (youngsters she had together with her former husband, the ABC News anchor Peter Jennings) continued to make use of the home. But she now finds it too huge for simply herself and is able to transfer on to new environs.

“I believe in chapters in life as in books,” stated Ms. Marton, who had additionally owned a home in close by Bridgehampton. “I’m in a different chapter now. I’m on my own. I like being on my own, frankly. I like the idea of being in a closer community of fellow scribes and creative people.”

Ms. Marton, whose fundamental residence stays in Manhattan, is now trying to relocate to Sag Harbor, a longtime literary hub farther east on Long Island, and so she is promoting the Southampton home on North Sea Harbor off Noyack Road. The asking value is $4.65 million, in keeping with Lawrence Ingolia of Sotheby’s International Realty who’s itemizing the property together with his colleague Jonathan Smith. Annual taxes on the home and an adjoining half-acre lot included in the sale complete $14,066.

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Ms. Marton and Mr. Holbrooke purchased the two-story, wood-shingled dwelling in Southampton in a personal sale in 2005, paying round $2.8 million. “It was my dream to be on the water,” she stated. “As I entered the house I saw the view. I saw the bay. I didn’t even need to see the inside.”

Built in 2001, it was in “impeccable condition,” Ms. Marton recalled, and over time, just some minor modifications had been made, like some portray and refinishing of the wide-plank oak flooring.

The home, which extends round 3,400 sq. toes, sits on a complete of two.2 landscaped acres with roughly 125 toes of harbor frontage. There are three bedrooms and two and a half loos.

Entry to the secluded property is thru an extended driveway previous quite a few timber and garden sculptures acquired from the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. There’s a 38-by-15-foot heated pool close to the home, ensconced behind a border of tall hedges, in addition to an out of doors bathe and a indifferent two-car storage (in addition to an hooked up one-car storage).

At the entrance of the home is the kitchen, which Ms. Marton known as “my dream kitchen,” geared up with granite counter tops, stainless-steel home equipment and wooden cupboards. There is a farmhouse sink, a spacious heart island and a separate eating space. “We all had Thanksgiving there,” she stated.

Beyond the kitchen is a well-lit front room with a wood-burning fire and three French doorways main out to a spacious deck. There is a research, powder room and laundry room on that degree, too.

“The house has an open floor plan, which is great for entertaining, and it has a very relaxed feeling,” Mr. Ingolia, the agent, stated. “Almost every room in the house looks out on the harbor.”

The bedrooms are upstairs. The main suite options two decks, together with a big walk-in closet and loo. The different bedrooms, one in all which has a skylight and a deck, share a rest room.

The dwelling additionally has a full, unfinished basement at the moment getting used for storage.

“It has really been a very happy house,” Ms. Marton stated. “Richard loved it. We spent many good years here.”

She has particularly loved swimming laps in the pool — “I’m a pretty zealous swimmer,” she says — and sitting by the lounge fire sipping tea whereas peering out on the surrounding flower gardens and harbor. “There’s an endless parade of birds of all sorts landing on the water here,” she stated.

Ms. Marton, a former NPR and ABC News correspondent, has written a number of books over time, together with her memoir “Paris: A Love Story,” which supplies an account of her career and marriages. She and Mr. Holbrooke had been married for 15 years. Her upcoming biography of Ms. Merkel, “The Chancellor,” is slated to be printed in October.

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