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Grey Gardens for rent

Gothampc
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Posted: 2/1/13 at 04:55pm
Somebody needs to grab Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson and do a site-specific production.
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redmustang
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joined:5/14/03
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Posted: 2/1/13 at 05:32pm
If I had an extra $125,000, I'd rent it. Just to hear the ghosts of Big and Little Edie singing.
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Posted: 2/1/13 at 07:55pm
I remember reading an article about the restoration of the house a while back and the new owners said that during extended periods of raining/damp weather the smell of cat urine started to become noticeable again. I wonder if they have ever managed to solve that.
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Jay Lerner-Z
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Posted: 2/1/13 at 07:59pm
I didn't realize what you meant 'cos you capitalized "rent", but now I do.
bobs3
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Posted: 2/1/13 at 08:22pm
It is owned by Ben Bradlee (former Executive Editor of the Washington Post -- the Watergate story broke under his tutelage -- Jason Robarbs played him in "All the President's Men") and his wife Sally Quinn (a former reporter for the Post). They did extensive renovations to the house and grounds (and sold some of the property's land to pay for the renovations). The home has been featured in Architectural Digest.

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SNAFU
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Posted: 2/1/13 at 08:26pm
WOW, from the documentaries, I had no idea how big it was! 10 bedrooms?!? For some reason from what I saw in the films it was an oversized Cape Cod.
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That Groovy Guy
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 09:20am
$150K for winter? Is that for a month or the whole winter (in a summer town)?
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best12bars
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 10:32am
Anybody want to go in on a summer share? Ten minutes each is about what I can afford.
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GavestonPS
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 06:11pm
WOW, from the documentaries, I had no idea how big it was! 10 bedrooms?!? For some reason from what I saw in the films it was an oversized Cape Cod.

I just rewatched it last night and I believe they said the house had 28 rooms. (Obviously, that may have changed with the renovation.)

But I wasn't sure where Little Edie slept. Do we see her bedroom in the doc? She doesn't sleep on that extra twin bed in her mother's room, does she? (I can't imagine the two could stop bickering long enough to sleep!)
PatrickDennis92
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 06:24pm
I am also curious if they can actually get 150 a month for the house-- it isn't uncommon for some of those properties to go for 100 a week in the summer-- but Grey Gardens isn't in the best location, so who knows-- but I bet it's per month. 1% of the property value per month is usually reasonable, and I'd think GG would be worth around 15 million.
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SNAFU
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 07:04pm
I am assuming that many of the rooms were closed up for the documentary. What rooms did we see? The foyer with the stairway the door leading to what I assume was the sitting room on the left, the landing on the second floor, big Edie's room, the kitchen and the yellow room at the end. In the Beales of Grey Gardens we saw briefly a room jam packed with things when the fire dept showed up.
If I had the money I would definitely rent the place out! Imagine the wonderful ghosts that place must have!
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GavestonPS
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 08:09pm
Thank you, SNAFU. I admit my working-class background ill prepares me to understand the architecture of great houses. We do see a couple of rooms where Little Edie keeps her scrap books and little treasures; maybe one of those is also a bedroom, but the bed is out of camera range.
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SNAFU
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Posted: 2/2/13 at 09:21pm
We also see what I guess was a part of the attic where she feeds the raccoons. I am that is the same area where they ate away the wall at the top of the stairs. The restored picture appears on Concoran's site.
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GavestonPS
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 03:58pm
Good God, I hope no humans slept up in that attic!
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SNAFU
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 06:26pm
There might very well have been small dormer rooms up there for guests at one point. Have you read Cousin Lois's memoirs from that time? The place sounded ghastly! She was living there while they were filming ( in the room off the foyer to the right (which is pictured on that site). Her accounts of the fleas, frozen water on the walls etc. is mind boggling!
Another winter in a summer town, INDEED!
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Gothampc
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 06:30pm
Would there have been small rooms for a few servants? Was the house built as a summer house or was Big Edie supposed to live there year round? I imagine she would have employed a cook and a maid
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best12bars
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 06:35pm
It was built as a summer house. But I'll sleep up there with the raccoons and the Wonder Bread and the Purina cat chow.

As long as the flea circus is gone. I can't handle the fleas even with a Heart's 2-in-1 wrapped around my ankles.
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finebydesign
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 06:38pm
OMG! That cat piss anecdote is amazing. I like that it's almost a ghost. If I owned that place I would be like "leave it, it's character"
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best12bars
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 06:43pm
^ Like.

"You're entering Grey Gardens."

I would be the same way. Well, as long as it wasn't too overpowering.
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artscallion
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 07:03pm
When we bought our house, the neighbors were an older couple, retired Brown University professors...as eccentric as can be. The gave their two dogs (retrievers) the run of the house but never let them out. The only place they were allowed to pee was anywhere in the basement.

The couple defaulted on the mortgage and was evicted a few months after we moved in. A contractor bought the house and spent two years completely stripping down and redoing everything so he could sell it. He did. That was ten years ago and there's been four different families buy it since then. They never last more than a year because they can't get rid of the urine smell.

They've all tried. One brought in a fire damage restoration company because they specialized in getting rid of smoke smells. Another had the entire basement coated in a rubberized paint to seal the smell. Another family had all the interior wood in the house replaced...floors, doorways, stair railings. Nothing helps.

On a hot summer day, if the wind is right, I can still get a faint whiff ten years later. And dog urine is nowhere near as noxious as cat urine. My guess is it will remain a part of Grey Gardens forever.
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Gothampc
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Posted: 2/3/13 at 08:18pm
Uta Hagen used to tell about when they bought the brownstone next to HB Studios as an expansion site for more classrooms. There was an old woman that lived there with dozens of cats that she let pee wherever they wanted to. When they bought it, her "beloved" Herbert went in there to check it out and he could barely breathe because of the smell of cat pee. I've been in that building and didn't smell the cat pee, so I don't know whether they were able to get rid of it or found a way to cover it up.
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GavestonPS
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Posted: 2/4/13 at 06:35pm
Big Edie talks about the servant's quarters in the doc. She says something (the main radiator, maybe?) was right in the middle of the "maid's dining room". I think. I can't always understand either Edie when they talk/sing at the same time (which is often).

No, SNAFU, I didn't even know about Cousin Lois. Imagine having to live there and then adding a film crew!

 
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