We told you about the gorgeous Grey Gardens being available for rent during the holidays last November. Now, the legendary property, once owned by Bouvier relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, is for sale for the first time since 1979. The price? $19.995 million. Considering the history and the property’s meticulous restoration, this may be one of the Hamptons better luxury deals for 2017.
The estate at 3 West End Road in East Hampton came to national attention in the 1970s as the dilapidated home of its colorful inhabitants, “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Beale, the aunt and first cousin, respectively, of Kennedy Onassis. After an exposé by the National Enquirer left them facing eviction, the former first lady and sister Lee Radziwill donated the money to keep the house up to code. The famous 1975 documentary further expanded on the legend of the home and went on to become a Broadway musical, HBO film, and play. How many properties can claim that kind of stardom?
The next chapter of the home took place in 1979, when Little Edie sold the home to journalist Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, the longtime editor of the Washington Post, under the condition that they didn’t raze the decaying structure. Quinn wrote about the discovery of the home in a1984 Architectural Digest article; there were raccoons and the floor was partly dirt, but she fell in love with the place. In recent years Quinn has rented out the property during the summer for as much as $200,000.
Built in 1897, the 12-room, 6,000 square-foot shingle-style home features seven bedrooms with many spacious common areas. The 1.7 acres provide ocean views, a pool, tennis court, and of course, beautiful garden.
And there’s more property for sale with a Bouvier connection–Lasata, also in East Hampton, the former home of Kennedy Onassis’s paternal grandparents, is on the market for $38.995M. Kennedy Onassis and Radziwill spent many childhood summers there.