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Location: Lyme, Conn.
The Skinny: For more than two decades, investigative journalist Dominick Dunne used this Gambrel-roofed colonial revival manse as his summer headquarters, entertaining guests, penning five of his books, and regularly submitting tales of scandal to Vanity Fair. After Dunne passed away in 2009, the house was sold and most of its contents auctioned off. The new owners have completely renovated the Connecticut getaway, adding a modern kitchen, replacing most of the windows, and outfitting the house with more contemporary furnishings. The house has retained its bucolic elegance, with views of Whalebone Cove and a charming white fence. Hopefully those improvements will allow it to fare better on the market than it did in 2009. Then, it was initially offered for $2.1M, but after a series of chops, sold for $925K. Now, the property is back with a slightly less ambitious asking price, $1.48M.
The house, as Dominick Dunne left it.