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The Stunning, Renovated Lanford Wilson House in Sag Harbor Asks $9M

A stunning 19-century Sag Harbor home owned by Shaun Woodward, the former secretary of state for Northern Ireland, and his partner, Luke Redgrave, a Hollywood camera operator, has just been listed for sale.

Known locally as the Lanford Wilson House, after the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who previously owned it, the house at 23 Suffolk St. is now asking $8,995,000.

According to Compass listing agents Matt Breitenbach and Beth Felsen, the 1840 home is believed to be the work of architect Minard Lafever, the same architect who designed Sag Harbor’s Old Whaler’s Church and the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.

Lanford Wilson moved into the home in the 1970s and lived there until he passed away in 2011. The British couple purchased the property for $2 million in 2012, and by the next year were calling it their summer home, according to Mansion Global.

The building had hardly been updated since its construction, so Woodward and Redgrave recruited architect Martin Sosa and designer David Kleinberg to lead a renovation project. Together, they transformed it into what it is today: a contemporary Hamptons home with historic pedigree and classic details.

The four-story home sits on .38 acre, and spans 6,200 square feet. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, and 2 half baths. Restored wide-plank oak flooring runs throughout, and the house features custom fireplaces, a mahogany-and-oak stairway, and a library with floor-to-ceiling custom bookcases.

Upstairs, residents will enjoy a master suite with dressing room, closets, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, private terrace, and spa-inspired bathroom with steam shower. The finished lower level has a gym, wine cellar, and home theater. On the main level, a large eat-in chef’s kitchen with stainless-steel appliances has French doors that open out to a bluestone terrace with an outdoor dining patio and fireplace.

Exterior features include a heated gunite pool and spa, and the house puts residents less than half a mile from Sag Harbor Village shops and restaurants.

Breitenbach and Falsen tell Out East that the owners are selling so they can spend more time in London to be closer to their families. However, when Woodward and Redgrave purchased the home, they also bought a neighboring property and created a guest house. That house they plan to keep for their return trips to the Hamptons.

See the listing: 23 Suffolk St., Sag Harbor, listed by Matt Breitenbach and Beth Felsen of Compass, Southampton.

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