Can Candace Bushnell Keep Horses at Her New Sag Harbor Farmhouse?

Candace Bushnell blought a historic farmhouse in Sag Harbor
Candace Bushnell blought a historic farmhouse in Sag Harbor, Photo: ©PATRICKMCMULLAN.COM, Google Maps

Sometimes great things come in small(er) packages. Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell purchased a lovely home in Sag Harbor last month for just $680,000.

Bushnell sold her Greenwich Village apartment for $2.6 million in November, 2015 after first listing it in 2012. In an interview with the Observer last year, Bushnell said, “Two of my best girlfriends just moved to Sag Harbor. And it’s so much fun to go there and visit them!” Bushnell and her friends frequented Baron’s Cove for dinner and liked to keep things low-key. “The great thing about the Hamptons is that you really can live in the Hamptons and not live in the Hamptons in the Hamptons way,” Bushnell added, not sounding at all like Carrie Bradshaw.

Despite her love of the Hamptons, Page Six also reports that the author is no fan of enduring the drive east. “Take a Xanax. Because it’s a really, really long drive in the traffic. And then when you get there, there’s more traffic,” she recently told the gossip site.

Located right on Main Street on the edge of Sag Harbor Village, Bushnell’s new .32-acre property includes a 1,300 square-foot 19th century farmhouse and a two-story barn originally owned by the Whyte Family. The first floor of the house—which looks like it was lifted right out of a fairy tale—includes a bedroom, full bath and eat-in kitchen with wainscoting and sliding glass doors that lead to a wraparound deck. The second floor holds two bedrooms and a full bath.

Page Six reports that Bushnell is planning on restoring the barn to use as a stable for some of her horses, but she might run into some trouble there. Sag Harbor Village law prohibits the harboring of horses, as noted in Article II, Section 80–7: “Maintenance of piggeries and keeping of swine and horses” of the village code. The penalties for breaking this law include a $250 fine and possible imprisonment!

May we suggest Bushnell use the barn for something less controversial, like a writing studio or pool house?

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