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Own a Quogue Home Haunted by Anne Bronte for $5.25M

32 Beach Lane, Quogue
32 Beach Lane, Quogue

Actually, the only part that Anne Bronte haunts in this house is the Queen Anne-era yew staircase, which originally came from a house in Yorkshire where she worked as a governess back in 1839. Previous owners purchased the staircase from a London antiques dealer back in the 1950s. Also, Anne only reputedly haunts it—but isn't that just what they would say?

Hauntings by literary giants aside, this house, known as Sanderling, seems rather lovely but the listing is frustratingly skimpy on photos. The house is 4570sf, with seven bedrooms and 7.5 baths; the kitchen sounds very attractive, with copper counters and a brick fireplace with bread oven, but only the fireplace (with adzed beam) is pictured. Outside, there's 200 feet of frontage on Ogden Pond set on almost one acre. A boathouse and a pool house flank a gunite saltwater pool. Price seems reasonable; newer houses on the canal about this size run at least $5M, though we don't know how much work, if any, Sanderling needs.

· Did the Ghost of Anne Bronte Haunt a Quogue Staircase? [CH]
· 32 Beach Lane [Elliman]