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Oct 31, 2019 1:00 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Sag Harbor Home Once Owned By Lanford Wilson Sells

 23 Suffolk Street, Sag Harbor. LENA YAREMENKO/COURTESY COMPASS
Nov 4, 2019 1:45 PM

Shaun Woodward, a former member of the U.K. Parliament, has sold his Sag Harbor house that once belonged to American playwright Lanford Wilson.

Mr. Woodward bought the 1840s Egyptian revival house at 23 Suffolk Street in 2012, the year after Mr. Wilson died. With architect Martin Sosa of the Manhattan firm Arcologica and designer David Kleinberg, he set about restoring the house. In 2015, he moved in and enjoyed it seasonally for a few years before deciding to put it on the market earlier this year.

The asking price was $9 million, and the final sale price, according to The Real Estate Report Inc., was $7.81 million. However, according to Compass, which brokered the September 4 sale, the sale price was closer to $8.8 million, a figure that was not reflected on the deed transfer due to a lot line modification. Matthew Breitenbach and Beth Felsen had the listing.

The reported buyer was the limited liability company KDKJ Holdings.

Mr. Woodward served as the secretary of state for Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2010. Speaking to 27east in August from the United Kingdom, he explained that the restoration included adding a “lower grand floor” with 10-foot ceilings, a gym and a family room. The house previously had no basement at all. New fireplaces, specially designed for the house, were brought over from England. The new eat-in kitchen looks out to the gardens and the new 50-foot gunite pool on the 0.38-acre parcel.

The now four-level house is 6,200 square feet, with five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-baths.

“It’s a wonderful home to live your life in and to share with your family and friends,” Mr. Woodward said at the time. “And it’s a house which I think leaves you with a wonderful sense of joy.”

Lanford Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play “Talley’s Folly,” part of a trilogy set in his home state of Missouri. Also among his memorable plays are “Hot L Baltimore” and “Burn This.”

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