SOME MONTHS BACK, I wrote about a little blue cottage near my own in Springs (East Hampton), N.Y., that appealed to me. It wasn’t officially on the market then. Now it is. Out of sheer curiosity, I went to see the inside.

I was shocked. I, who have seen a lot. The place was broken into and ransacked a few months back — not too surprising, since it had been all but abandoned for some time. But to put it on the market without clearing it out or cleaning it up first? Inexplicable. The broker who showed it to me waded in boots through knee-deep grass outside and knee-deep clothing tossed onto the floor inside. The mouse droppings in the kitchen were abundant.

I left and quickly put the place out of my mind. It is utter arrogance to put a house up for sale in such condition — and not at a bargain price. Still, it is an older cottage in an area where those are difficult to come by, and could undoubtedly be made very charming by someone with a stronger stomach than I.

It’s on a busy road, and that’s not gonna change. But it’s an open half-acre with good sun, and it has a separate guest cottage, below.

If that strong-stomached someone is you, the official listing is here.

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