Prizewinning Author Colson Whitehead Buys in East Hampton

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Colson Whitehead, whose novel The Underground Railroad won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, has just scored another trophy: this modern house in the Northwest Woods of East Hampton. We have reliable intel that he and his wife, literary agent Julie Barer, were the purchasers of 107 Swamp Road. (And we’re the first with this info, just as with Beyonce and Jay-Z, just in case you’re wondering coughTruliacough.)

All photos via Sotheby’s

The minimalist design of the house is warmed up by two offices filled with bookshelves, perfect for the new owners. While the simple kitchen and bathrooms complement the house design, we do think the previous owner’s decorating attempts (too many French style antiques) let the place down. May we suggest a Saarinen marble topped table and chairs for the kitchen, Colson and Julie, rather than the inappropriate Louis XVI chair and Regency table?

The 4000 square foot house, with four bedrooms and three baths, is set on two acres of land. Large windows take in views of the gardens, with lawns and attractive grasses, and there’s a nice pool with a lounging area out back. Last asking price for the property, repped by Marilyn Clark and Eve Combemale at Sotheby’s, was $2.25 million.

Welcome to the Hamptons, Whiteheads!

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