Who knew ....... that one day when Sally Quinn sold Grey Gardens - there would be an estate sale causing great excitement for Grey Gardens fans all over the country and probably internationally as well.
This event was well covered by the press - even the New York Times thought it was important enough to send out Penelope Green to write a great recap of the sale. For those of us that could not attend, Penelope's article made you feel that you were there. I thought the title was perfect, even if it made me feel sad that perhaps the Grey Gardens house would never be the same. "G'Night Forever Little Edie, Grey Gardens Is Empty At Last" by Penelope Green. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/22/style/grey-gardens-estate-sale.html
Photo courtesy of the New York Times
We're so excited to introduce Grey Gardens Wines, and with it, our first release of rosé. Grey Gardens Wines is brought to you by Grey Gardens Official, the official legacy brand for Grey Gardens and Little Edie. (Don't miss the Little Edie Brooch, made from the original worn in the documentary.) We created this wine to honor Big & Little Edie and their beloved home. We think they'd just love it.
Grey Gardens Rosé 2016 is a dry rosé from the North Fork of Long Island - a judicious blend of the three main red grape varietals that Long Island is famous for. Bouvier Beale, grandson of Big Edie and nephew of Little Edie, a wine expert, truly believes that the Long Island wines are a well kept secret just like the Napa Valley was in California in the 70's. The climate on Long Island, similar to the famous French Bordeaux region, is perfect for growing red wines like Cabernet and Merlot, two of the grapes used in Grey Gardens Rosé.
This years limited supply will sell out so don't wait to fill your fridge with Grey Gardens Rosé. You can order via http://www.pugliesevineyards.com/grey-gardens-rose.html (must be 21 & over) or call Domenica at 631-734-4057 to order by phone. FREE SHIPPING for 6+ bottles or Cases. (Must order via phone to receive this offer). No tax out of New York state. Perfect for Holiday gifts!
If you live on the East End of Long Island, you can find our rosé at Domaine Franey Wines & Spirits and Park Place Wines & Liquors in East Hampton, or Churchill Wines & Spirits in Bridgehampton.
Summer is here! And with it comes a feature in the Summer 2017 issue of EAST, the East Hampton Star Magazine. Titled, "Being Edie" by Nina Channing, the article highlights how truly captivating the story of Grey Gardens is, and how our brand is continuing it with heirloom jewelry, accessories, candles, and of course, our new rosé.
"Every once in a while a story comes along so compelling that no matter how much time passes, people continue to tell and retell it with relish as though it were the freshest gossip. Grey Gardens is one of those stories."
Thank you to Nina and the East Hampton Star for publishing such a wonderful piece. Read it for yourself here.
Happy summer to all!
Recently, as many of you may have seen in the news that Grey Gardens is for sale for $20 million dollars. I asked myself at the time, what would Little Edie think? A few days later, I was going through a folder and found this photo of Little Edie - with the title " A Steal-----at $500G." I got my answer. I think Edie would have been proud that Grey Gardens has become so important and the current asking price proves that. I often get magical messages like this from Edie - so you know she is watching all of what goes on - and is thrilled to be loved by so many.
I know that even though she did not get her asking price for the house when she eventually sold to Sally Quinn for $220,000.00, she was happy to know that it would not be torn down and would be restored to its original beauty. How generous and unselfish Little Edie was.
This is all part of the magic. We are appreciative that Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee did not tear it down and kept the legacy alive all this time.
Original Post below: Cheers to Little Edie Beale! Your legacy lives on!!!
As many know the story of Grey Gardens, from the famous Documentary Film by the Maysles Brothers, and the Broadway Musical that has travelled the world, plus the HBO film in 2009 - it is easy to gather that Big Edie ( Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale) loved Grey Gardens and had no intention of moving EVER. Her bohemian spirit thrived in that environment and she was willing to sacrifice luxuries in order to stay there.
Wondering what she would say today, knowing that her property is now for sale for $20Million Dollars. Is it the home itself, or the famous story that gives Grey Gardens and the property it's current value? The property itself is not impressive in acreage nor is it ocean front. But the history is astonishing and the value of Grey Gardens will climb further without a doubt.
I recall finding a letter from Big Edie's youngest child, Buddy Beale who also happens to be my late father in law. Buddy was very loving and cared very much for his family. In the mid 1960's he wrote a letter to his mother, insisting to sell Grey Gardens for $65,000 and move to Palm Beach. The potential buyer was poised to sign the purchase offer, but Edie insisted she was never leaving her palace. Both Phelan and Buddy tried to help their mother survive the situation at the time.
I came across some photos of Big Edie at Grey Gardens. You can imagine that financial difficulties were already setting in after the stock market crash, and by the expressions on Big Edie's face she that she has no intention of giving up. You will see photos of her eldest son Phelan in the photos in the gardens along with Buddy. Another photo includes Molly, the family nanny and care giver. Edie must have been away at MPS (Miss Porter's School) at the time. Included in the photos is an interior shot of Grey Gardens - and as you can see the table is set.
Photo: Grey Gardens Interior - Dining Room View.
Photo: Big Edie with Molly. Copyright photos - www.greygardensofficial.com
The Beales had a different experience living at Grey Gardens. It was their summer retreat where they could relax and enjoy the sea. They did not rent out their place, nor host celebrities. They simply enjoyed each other, and the surroundings ( The Maidstone and Devon Country Clubs) for swimming, dining, and socializing. Will the new buyer of Grey Gardens tear it down or preserve the home as Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee did in 1979? We are preserving our legacy just in case- which is why we have established Grey Gardens®, The Official Brand for Grey Gardens & Little Edie's Legacy. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr for future posts!
Big Edie enjoying the beautiful Grey Gardens. She looks more like Little Edie in this photo.
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How ironic that Grey Gardens and "Lasata" Estate, both homes that belonged to the Bouviers and the Beale family in East Hampton, New York are for sale. Grey Gardens has recently been offered for sale at $20 Million, and Lasata is offered at $38 Million.
Lasata, was the summer home of John Vernou Bouvier Jr. and Maude Sergeant Bouvier with their family Edith Bouvier, William Sergeant Bouvier, John Vernou Bouvier III (Black Jack or Jacqueline Bouvier's Father ) and the Bouvier Twins, Maude and Michelle. Prior to Lasata, the Bouvier's owned the "Little House" also known as "Wildmoor" on Appaquogue road, East Hampton from 1915 to 1925.
Lasata was designed by architect Arthur C. Jackson and built in 1917. Lasata was known as Place of Peace and is recognized as one of the most beautiful houses in America. Situated on over 7 acres, this compound captures the eye with its beautiful landscaped gardens and stunning architecture.
I was speaking with Maude S. Davis, daughter of Maude Bouvier Davis, who talked about her summer visits to see "grampy" (John Vernou Bouvier Jr. at Lasata). While staying at Lasata, Maude recalls at 9 years of age, she had her own room and enjoyed the smells of summer as Paul, the gardener mowed the acres of lawn keeping the grounds impeccable. As the location on Further Lane was walking distance to the Ocean and The Maidstone Club, the family enjoyed the home! Maude especially appreciated the "Italian Gardens" and the fresh grown tomatoes from the that were as sweet as can be.
Lasata etching by Ruth E. Morse ( Italian Gardens )
Lasata - photo found on Corcoran Real Estate Listing for Lasata on further lane - $38Million
Grey Gardens photo below
Below: Photo of the Wildmoor House also known as "The Little House" owned by John Vernou Bouvier Jr., from 1915 to 1925. Eventually sold it to Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974) who was an American abstract expressionist painter, sculptor and printmaker.
Today, February 8, 2017, the famous mansion Grey Gardens is listed for sale for a price of approximately $20 Million dollars. Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale purchased Grey Gardens on December 20th, 1923 from Robert C. Hill who purchased the home in 1913. Grey Gardens was a very special seaside retreat for Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her family. The house was sold by her daughter Little Edie, to Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee in 1979.
The 14-room Grey Gardens home is located on West End Road in East Hampton, Long Island and is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the Hamptons, renowned as the East Hampton Estate Area.
Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale sold part of the property for $11,000.00 in spite of her father's advice against it in order to keep up financially.
Little Edie enjoyed their weekend excursions to Grey Gardens as a youth, and wrote about it in her diary, "I Only Mark The Hours That Shine ~Little Edie's Diary, 1929". She loved Georgica Beach which was a short distance from the house and enjoyed visits to the Maidstone Club and Devon Yacht Club where she entered in tennis matches and swimming competitions.
After Little Edie's mother passed away, she decided to sell the house. The original listing price was $500,000.00 and eventually accepted the offer from Sally Quinn for $220,000.00. She was so pleased to know that Sally had promised to restore rather than tear down, so the legacy would remain long after Edie's death in 2002.