Thursday, August 4, 2011


We recently took the family on vacation in beautiful lake Tahoe. We stayed in a cute little cottage just off the water. Besides all the great outdoor activities we planned for the kids my husband and I enjoyed taking long walks to admire drool over  some of the many vacation homes in the area. Which started us thinking of next years vacation spot.....And I found this rental today and thought you might like to see what $135,000 can get you in the HAMPTONS.

If you were lucky enough to see the movie GREY GARDENS (aired in 2009 on HBO) you will recognize this house.
Drew Barrymore starred with Jessica Lange in this film based on the life stories of the eccentric aunt and first cousin of Jackie Onassis (both named Edith Bouvier Beale aka "Big and Little Edie") raised as Park Avenue d├ębutantes but who withdrew from New York society, taking shelter at their Long Island summer home, "Grey Gardens." As their wealth and contact with the outside world dwindled, so did their grasp on reality. 

 The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist.

In the fall of 1971 and throughout 1972, their house was flea-infested, inhabited by innumerable cats and raccoons, lacked running water, and was full of garbage and decay. Their living conditions were exposed as the result of an article in the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine after a series of inspections (which the Beales called "raids") by the Suffolk County Health Department. With the Beale women facing eviction and the razing of their home, in the summer of 1972 Jacqueline Onassis and her sister Lee Radziwill provided the necessary funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house so that it would meet Village codes.

 Grey Gardens, 1915.  The house before the solarium was built and the famous upstairs balcony was not enclosed.  Also, the landscaping hadn’t been installed yet.  The original carriage house can be seen behind the house.  The carriage house was sold, enlarged, and still stands today.
Carriage house today
Looking from upstairs down at the swimming pool.

The Atlantic is very close.  Here you can see into the walled garden and the little thatched house. Tennis courts are right behind the pool, hidden by bushes.

Last summer gorgeous potted hydrangeas surrounded the pool.  The homeowners had replaced the shingles a few years ago and now, they have finally reached the gray stage.  The turquoise trim offsets the gray perfectly.   
The landscaping around Grey Gardens is full of hydrangeas.  Hydrangeas have been on the property since Big Edie’s days.

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 Lets recap what is included built in 1900, 8 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms & 6,000 sq.ft.

'A very special 2 week rental. Fully renovated historic "Grey Gardens" on 2 acres of lush landscaping with pool, pool house, and tennis court. Very close to Georgica Beach. Living room opens to old- fashioned sun porch, formal dining room, eat-in kitchen with staff bedroom. Second floor with 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, plus 2 office/studies. Third floor with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. ' 
AVAILABLE: August 20 through September 5, for a cool $135,000. 

Wow.  Takers anyone?   At least it includes Labor Day. 

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