Cheever once wrote, “It was one of those midsummer Sundays when everyone sits around saying, “I drank too much last night.” If you happen to share a moment with Cheever’s characters and are in a Sunday Funday kind of mood needing to have a hair-of-the-dog-drink-to-kill-that-hangover, it might be worth your while to throw back a cocktail or two and visit 197 Cedar Lane in Ossining, NY. There, you will find the home of John Cheever, and it’s for sale. Named Afterwhiles, this literary home is where Cheever lived for over 20 years. You can see the full listing here; can’t you just imagine the parties he must have had on that stone terrace?
For the past 55 years it has been home to the Cheevers, a literary family. John Cheever, the best selling Pulitzer Prize winning author, lived and worked here for the last 20 years of his life. It became an important center of American literature as friends of Cheevers such as Saul Bellow and Philip Roth visited to chat about the state of the art. Cheever wrote one of his best known works, the short story The Swimmer (which became a movie starring Burt Lancaster) in the third floor of the house. A chronicler of life in the suburbs and a devotee of the Hudson Valley, the novel, Falconer as well as many other short stories were written here.
-Bitsy Maraynes, Real Estate Salesperson
Happy weekend! Happy Sunday Funday! Now go scrape your pennies together and buy that literary dream of a house!