Apparently the dilapidated Long Island manse is no longer oozing with romance, ghosts, and other things, but it’s like Little Edie once said, “It’s very difficult to keep the line between the past and the present. You know what I mean? It’s awfully difficult.” Sigh. From the listing on Corcoran:
A piece of American folk lore can be yours from now until the end of July when you rent East Hamptons fabled Grey Gardens 2 acre estate with pool and tennis next to Georgica Beach. Originally designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorpe in 1897, this 6000 Hampton original, was totally renovated and restored to its originally condition with the addition of today’s amenities when the current owners rescued it some 30 years ago. With gracious common rooms coupled with enough bedrooms to comfortably house all your special guests, this ode to another era additionally offers heated gunite pool, Har-Tru N/S tennis court and of course the legendary gardens, which are likely to be some of the most beautiful you will ever see. Stroll to Georgica Beach a few hundred yards away or sip something iced in the little stucco cottage hidden within the lush landscape. History can never be truly owned but you can rent a piece of it this year. Inquire about extended rentals.
And, if you’re interested, here’s a piece from Architectural Digest about the intense restoration process.