The Hamptons is well known as a haven for fine artists, from Thomas Moran to Jackson Pollock to Ross Bleckner. But, in fact, the area has also been called home by many great cartoonists, including Charles Addams, Gahan Wilson, and Jules Feiffer.
Feiffer, who is now 93, has won many accolades in his eight decades of work, including the Pulitzer Prize; an animated short he wrote won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1961. He produced a weekly comic strip for the Village Voice for more than 40 years, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Esquire, and the Nation.
Now, Feiffer has listed his house on Shelter Island, over on the East End of Long Island, which he shares with wife JZ Holden. Set on just over half an acre of land, the house borders 45 acres of preserve, which makes for peaceful, pastoral views of flora and fauna all year round. Asking $1.2 million, the sweet shingled saltbox is repped by Dawn Watson at Douglas Elliman.
Watson says, “We all know that Shelter Island is special. But so is this property, which is surrounded by beauty and inspiration, making it the perfect place for creative people like Jules and JZ. I’m sure that the next owner will also draw from these gorgeous surroundings.”
Built in 2016, the house features three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The owners’ suite is downstairs; upstairs is an additional bedroom, bathroom and bonus room. Of course the walls are lined with books and original drawings, not to mention interesting midcentury furniture, like the Saarinen tables and chair.
Outside, there is a relaxing deck overlooking the preserve and room for a pool. We say: make a deal to include the purple Womb chair, call a pool installer, and then go have an idyllic summer.