For a mere $250,000 (and a raccoon free environment) you can rent the historic Grey Gardens estate in the East Hamptons this coming summer. The mansion was restored to its original beauty by journalist, Sally Quinn and her husband, the late Washington Post editor, Ben Bradlee—the couple brought new life into the previously cat-infested and decaying 10-bedroom, 6.5 bathroom home.
We all know the story of Big and Little Edie who, during the 1970’s, lived (whimsically) among the rotting conditions of Grey Gardens—the lack of clean, running water, flea infestations, and general disrepair had them facing eviction until Jacqueline Onassis, niece and first cousin of Big Edie and Little Edie, respectively, provided the necessary funds to restore the dilapidated home.
Now, for a huge chunk of change you can live your very own Grey Gardens life—sipping tea for two in big hats by the water, using a different bathroom for every day of the week, and maybe running into the ghost of Big Edie, as the neighbor tends to chat with her every now and then. What a charming summer you can have for the cost of a child from Memorial through Labor Day.
Or, you can be like this man and have a $250,000 gold shirt made for you. Your choice.
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