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Feb 8, 2017 4:37 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Grey Gardens Hits The Market For The First Time Since 1979

Grey Gardens, 3 West End Road, East Hampton. COURTESY CORCORAN
Feb 8, 2017 5:05 PM

Grey Gardens—the East Hampton estate that lent its name to a documentary, a HBO narrative film and a stage musical about its residents “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale—has hit the market for the first time since 1979.

Designed by architect Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe and built in 1897, the residence drew national attention in the 1970s for the eccentricity of Big Edie and Little Edie, the aunt and first cousin of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Its name was inspired by the color of the dunes, sea mist and the garden walls made of cement. Under the stewardship—or lack thereof—of the Beale women, the home fell into disrepair. Ms. Kennedy Onassis and her younger sister, Lee Radziwill, stepped in with money to rehabilitate the dilapidated home so the Edies could avoid eviction.

The home and 1.7-acre property were completely renovated and restored to their original condition after Ben Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, and his wife, writer Sally Quinn, purchased Grey Gardens in 1979 with the covenant that they not raze the structure. Mr. Bradlee died at the age of 93 in 2014, after which the home was marketed for summer rentals.

Grey Gardens was listed for rent for the summer of 2015 at the rate of $250,000 for Memorial Day through Labor Day, and reportedly fetched as much as $200,000.

The now-pristine home and grounds, with pool and tennis, has 7 bedrooms and 6.5-bathrooms. It’s listed for $19,995,000.

Michael Schultz has the listing for The Corcoran Group.

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Cats or no cats?
By johnj (709), Westhampton on Feb 8, 17 4:42 PM
1 member liked this comment
bet the smell is still there on damp days
By xtiego (606), bridgehampton on Feb 8, 17 5:12 PM
There are no smells of cats there nor any other animals at any time. Grey Gardens has been incredibly maintained by the owners and their management company along with every service professional hired to maintain the grounds as well as furniture, etc...it's really quite a beautiful peaceful place.
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Feb 9, 17 12:46 PM
Don't worry. Just jokes. The place looks lovely :)
By SH_Res (341), Southampton on Feb 9, 17 4:50 PM
Lol not worried :-) I understand they are joking...I can just personally attest that it doesn't since that's a question that's asked all the time given the history :-)
By NorthSeaNative (34), Southampton on Feb 9, 17 6:39 PM
Remnants, area rugs, rolls in stock