If you love historic homes and the macabre, it really doesn’t get any better than the Grey Gardens Estate in East Hampton. As the Post reports, the beautiful home steeped in infamy is again up for rent starting September 15th through July of next year. The asking? You better dig deep into your pockets because it’s going for an incredible $175,000 a month. Quite pricey, yes, but if you consider that designer Liz Lange has been paying $250,000 a month to call it her summer escape, it’s kind of a deal.
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For those unfamiliar with the home’s history. Grey Gardens was once the cat-infested, urine-soaked home of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale—the aunt and cousin of First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, or Jackie-O. The estate was made famous in a 1975 documentary which told the story of the very strange living situation undertaken by the women and the overall decline of the residence.
In 1979, writer Sally Quinn purchased the estate with her late husband, famed Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee—who himself had become well-known for his breaking coverage of the Watergate scandal. Interestingly, though the home has been renting in the six-figures for years, when Quinn told Bradlee she wanted to buy it (it was around $220K at the time), he reportedly said, “You’re out of your mind.” He also later told the Times: “I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy the house. There were 52 dead cats in it, and funeral arrangements had to be made for each one.”
Quinn was said to have been obsessed with restoring the home to its former glory. Following extensive renovations that spanned years, today the property boasts a seven-bedroom mansion, 1.7 acres, a pool, tennis court, and, of course, those beautiful gardens.
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