Grey Gardens, the East Hampton home of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, “Little Edie” Ewing Beale. The world’s oddest mother-daughter act is available to rent this summer for only $125,000!
The once decrepit mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton has been lovingly restored and renovated. Today, it includes 10 bedrooms and 6.5 baths, a heated granite pool, a Har-Tru tennis court, and of course, those famously lush gardens
The house was designed in 1897 by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe and purchased in 1923 by “Big Edie” and her husband Phelan Beale. After Phelan left his wife, “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” lived there for more than 50 years. The house was called Grey Gardens because of the color of the dunes, the cement garden walls, and the sea mist.
After almost 50 years of living at Grey Gardens in 1972, their squalid living conditions were exposed by the National Enquirer and a cover story in New York Magazine —the house was infested by fleas, inhabited by numerous cats and raccoons, deprived of running water, and filled with garbage and decay— after a series of inspections (which Big Edie and Little Edie called “raids”) by the Suffolk County Health Department the Beale women faced eviction and the razing of their home. In the summer of 1972 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, Big Edie’s niece and her sister Lee Radziwill provided the necessary funds to stabilize and repair the dilapidated house so that it would meet village codes
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale passed away in 1977 and her daughter “Little Edie” Edith Bouvier Beale in 2002.