The ghost of Jackson Pollock looms down the road

Springs General Store On the Market

There are very few commercial properties available with the kind of built-in credibility the Springs General Store has.

Own this place, bubby, and you are the Finest Kind.

         Most true locals have their own stories to tell. The baymen and fishermen gather at the crack of dawn for coffee and chatter before a day on the water. Local musicians can strum acoustic guitars on the porch and may engage a passerby in song. Yes, they’ve been known hold a Racing Form for you if you’re a regular.

         But the property is much more than the iconic and faithfully preserved Springs General Store, which is 2250 square feet. It sits on 1.3-acre harbor-front property and includes a second-floor apartment, detached two-car garage, and more.

         The deli, of course, is still functioning and booming thank you, with egg sandwiches first thing in the morning and gourmet take out for dinner. The apartment is rented as well, meaning the property could yield revenue for five more years. However, the would-be buyer could choose to negotiate other arrangements.

         The Springs General Store has always been at the heart of historic Springs, a perpetual gathering place for locals and visitors alike. Located just down the road the ghost of Jackson Pollock haunts from the Pollock-Krasner house, and Willem de Kooning’s house and studio are a few blocks away.

         Ferris Talmage put it best in his book (published 1970) “The Springs, In The Old Days”: “Here, for generations, national history and local gossip have been discussed and debated. As far back as I can remember, it was a common meeting-ground for all of Springs’ local characters.”

         Built in 1844 as a post-office and general store, the Springs General Store remains in the center of Springs and a “meeting ground” today. Currently leased, this is a rare opportunity to own a unique waterfront property with a fabled history. The asking price is $2.9 million. Tina Plesset (914-980-0035)  with Phelan and Kammy Wolf (516-380-3401) co-listing for Sotheby’s East Hampton office (631-324-6000).

rmurphy@indyeastend.com