Grey Gardens, the iconic East Hampton home made famous by Albert and David Maysles’ 1976 documentary of the same name, is available to rent for the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas this year for $7,500 and $12,500 respectively.
The 6,000-square-foot former residence of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale—relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis who let the home fall down around them—has been completely restored since their lives there were captured on film. The 1.7-acre estate, listed by Corcoran Group power broker Gary DePersia, has a pool and tennis court and legendary gardens. And it’s a short walk from Georgica Beach.
Originally designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897 the home has gracious common rooms, along with 7 bedrooms and 6.5 baths to allow for plenty of guests during the holiday weeks. Even in winter, the grounds are something to behold. Sneak off to the small stucco cottage hidden in the landscape and enjoy the fact that for a short time, you can be part of Hamptons history and legend.
Executive Editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee and his wife, journalist Sally Quinn, bought the ruined property in 1979 for $250,000 and restored it to its former glory. It was rented for many summers by Francis Hayward but she has since moved on.
The property, at 3 West End Road, is a true treasure, and would make the ultimate holiday getaway.
For those truly inspired by the home, Grey Gardens is also available year round, except for August, for $175,000.