Monday, February 13, 2017

Grey Gardens is for Sale!

Thanks to the 1975 classic "Grey Gardens," Jacqueline Kennedy's eccentric aunt and cousin Edith Bouvier Beale and Edith Beale became iconic cult figures. The documentary depicts the everyday lives of the two reclusive, former socialites who lived in squalor at Grey Gardens, a dilapidated mansion in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York. In 1979, Grey Gardens was purchased by Sally Quinn and her husband Ben Bradlee who restored the iconic property to its original grandeur. And now the classic Hamptons shingle sided home, built in 1897, is for sale!

Restored with historic appreciation, Grey Gardens has been lovingly maintained for the past 40 years. The spacious main house features approximately 6,000 square feet, 8 bedrooms and 6 1/2 baths, and plenty of spaces for year round entertaining. Tucked away in the lush and elaborate gardens is a charming stucco cottage, heated gunite pool and an irreplaceable Har-Tru Tennis court. The iconic compound is approximately two acres and is located a stone's throw from the ocean. It is listed for $19,995,000. And if you would like to obsess over the history of Grey Gardens and Little Edie and Big Edie Beale, please visit this fabulous post from Cote de Texas.


  1. So happy this house wasn't pulled down. I'm sure they will get their price because it's such a famous house, but it seems like an awful lot of money. Luxury home sales are down in the Hamptons. They are starting to head our way, in the Hudson Valley, malheureusement. The Hamptonization of Hudson is something that sends a shiver down our spine. But I am sure whoever acquires this lovely home will enjoy it. I just hope they don't dumb it down with modern, minimalist interiors, which would be totally wrong for this house.

  2. Seems like a great price for such an iconic and well located property!
    Side note to Cynthia, our friend Michael Devine from Kinderhook, NY was just here signing his book An Invitation to the Garden (Rizzoli)-

    1. Dean, I read your blog, and yes, how exciting that someone from here just came out with a nice garden book. Thanks for reminding me.

  3. What a beautiful property. So happy it was restored. The new owner will be very fortunate.

  4. I hope whoever buys it respects the character of the place and doesn't ruin it. It's such an iconic house. The Bradlees did a wonderful job restoring it while maintaining its personality and history.

  5. In an article I read many years ago about this housewas ,that Sally Quinn wanted to restore it to its glory. Also she found a treasure trove of furniture and wicker furniture used back in summer estate. I see in the photos many wicker pieces probably found in the attic .


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