The real Grey Gardens house is on the market for $20M

Grey Gardens, the home that lent its name to a documentary, HBO movie and Broadway show, has gone on the market for the first time in almost forty years for $19.995 million.

The 6,000-square-foot East Hampton home at 3 West End Road is currently owned by journalist Sally Quinn, who owned it with her late husband, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee. She and Bradlee paid $220,000 for the home in 1979 and put $600,000 into renovating the dilapidated house. Quinn listed the home on the rental market for $175,000-a-month in 2015.

The “Grey Gardens” documentary by Albert and David Maysles focused on the former occupants of the house, Big Edie and Little Edie Beale. The mother and daughter duo were society figures related to Jacqueline Kennedy who isolated themselves in the house, which they let fall into a dilapidated state. The documentary captures the leaks, animals and food that the Beales let take over the house.

Judging from the listing photos, the home is in much better shape than it was when Big Edie and Little Edie Beale lived there. Quinn says she used furniture from the Beales to decorate it, and though that furniture is not included in the sale price, Quinn told the WSJ she is open to selling it. The home now has a swimming pool and a tennis court, and it is a short walk from the beach. [WSJ]