With the new release of the film Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, the spotlight turns back again to the Kennedy/Bouvier clan. Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, one of the youngest First Ladies in American history (she was only 31 when her husband became president), spent many childhood years in East Hampton, at her grandfather’s gorgeous estate, Lasata. (Bouvier Kennedy wasn’t the only presidential spouse with East Hampton roots—Julia Gardiner Tyler, who served briefly as First Lady, from June 26, 1844, to March 4, 1845 grew up in the village.)
Now the beautiful estate, at 121 Further Lane, one of the toniest addresses in East Hampton is for sale—with a hefty price tag of $38,995,000 (There seems to be a bit of activity with Bouvier Hamptons real estate in recent weeks; Grey Gardens, famously owned by Jackie’s aunt and cousin, can now be rented at different times of the year (see our post Holiday in the Hamptons: Rent Gray Gardens). Lasata was owned by Jacqueline Bouvier’s paternal grandparents John Vernou Bouvier Jr. and Maude Sergeant Bouvier.
Besides its fabled Bouvier history, Lasata has plenty to offer—more than seven prime acres near both the Maidstone Club and the ocean;10 bedrooms; 11.5 bathrooms, and 8500-square feet of living space. Designed by noted architect Arthur C. Jackson and built in 1917, Lasata, which means Place of Peace, was renovated in 2007 by the designer Reed Krakoff, the current owner (and one of the few who have called Lasata home in the last century). Even though the house has plenty of bedrooms, if you like your guests to have a little space of their own, they can bunk down in the one-bedroom guest house or the two-bedroom pool house. Lasata is surrounded by open green lawns and mature linden, London planes, cork and American elm trees. There’s a heated pool, too.
While the former first lady spent her teen years summering in Newport, married years in Hyannisport, and later years on Martha’s Vineyard, her sister Lee has often returned to the region, as have other members of the Kennedy and Bovuier famiies.
Hamptons real estate star Susan Breitenbach of the Corcoran Group has the listing.