While the famous estate Grey Gardens has been available for rent before, it's never before been available for the entire summer. Owner Ben Bradlee died last autumn, so we suppose his widow, fellow journalist Sally Quinn, wants to spend the summer elsewhere. Price for MD-LD for the ten-bedroom house and its beautiful gardens is $250K, which we think is pretty reasonable, all things considered. (Cans of cat food and hot plates in every bedroom are extra, of course.)
Mr. Bradlee, who was editor of the Washington Post when the newspaper's exposure of Watergate led to the downfall of President Nixon, and Ms. Quinn purchased the beautiful yet famously run down East Hampton estate Grey Gardens in 1979. The 6000sf house, built in 1897, was made famous by an eponymous 1975 documentary starring then-owners Edith "Big Edie" Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale. The ladies lived alone in their former summer house, suffering from hoarding and other mental illnesses, living with vermin. The Bradlees lovingly restored and renovated the dignified old place and have used it as their summer home ever since. The property is 1.7 acres with lovely gardens, while the house boasts 10 bedrooms and 6.5 baths.
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