East Hampton Village Further Lane
East Hampton Village Further Lane

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy spent her childhood summers here at LASATA – Place of Peace – on Further Lane in East Hampton, built in 1917 for her paternal grandfather, John Vernou Bouvier, Jr.

As the elections loom, it’s easy to get caught up in politics, especially as this year’s upcoming decision will be anything but business as usual. Though the candidates couldn’t be more different, there is one big thing that the two share, and that’s the common ground of an appreciation of prime real estate.

Though neither owns a home in the Hamptons, both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have serious ties here.


44 Broadview in Amagansett

The Democratic nominee and her husband, Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, recently purchased a second home right next door to their primary residence (for now), in Chappaqua. Additionally, the Clintons, who also own a home on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C., have summered in the Hamptons for nearly two decades. Among the homes they have rented include 44 Broadview in Amagansett and 211 Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton, which is currently under contract for $32.5 million. Represented by Rebekah Baker of Sotheby’s International Realty, the 10,000-square-foot oceanfront home comes with 200 feet of frontage.

Lily Pond

The oceanfront home at 211 Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton

The power couple most recently reportedly stayed a few days down on Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton this past summer. Reports stated that they shacked up with Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, and were the beneficiaries of a $50,000-a-head series of fundraisers at the North Haven home of musician Jimmy Buffett.

The Republican nominee, whose home base is at Trump Tower in Manhattan, owns a number of residences—including Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Seven Springs in Bedford, Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville, and an unnamed mansion in Beverly Hills—as well as being the title-holder an multiple commercial real estate developments. Mr. Trump hasn’t spent much time in the Hamptons of late, but he was the recipient of a major $25,000-a-head fundraiser held in Southampton this past July.

Though neither of the current POTUS candidates holds East End deeds, at least one of our nation’s 44 presidents, Chester A. Arthur, has. And many more count strong connections to the Hamptons, including President John Tyler.

The 10th leader of the free world, who inherited the office when the ninth President, William Henry Harrison, died approximately a month after taking the oath, was married to East Hampton native Julia Gardiner. The First Lady for the final year of his Presidency was Tyler’s second wife, as his first died a year into his term.

The second Ms. Tyler, nee Gardiner, was born on Gardiners Island, which is the only real estate intact in the United States that succeeds a royal grant from the English Crown. That 3,000-plus acre private island has been called “the most expensive private real estate on the planet.”

President Arthur, America’s 21st President, owned a home in Sag Harbor. Now on the market and listed for $14.2 million with Michaela Keszler of Douglas Elliman and Felicitas Kohl of The Corcoran Group, the “Summer White House” residence at 20 Union Street features 5,900 square feet of home, plus a pool, sited on a third of an acre.

20 Union

This historic home at 20 Union Street in Sag Harbor was owned by America’s 21st President, Chester A. Arthur

Built by John Hulbert for a whaling captain in 1796, the now six-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath house was originally 3,000 square feet. Updated and added areas include a modern kitchen, dining area with fireplace, and a finished basement with wine cellar and media room.

“It’s a perfect seasonal getaway whether you’re a busy Manhattanite or a head of state,” says Ms. Keszler.

Others with access to the Oval Office, and familiar with the villages and hamlets leading to The End, include Theodore Roosevelt, Joseph Biden and John F. Kennedy.

Though he wasn’t a property owner, the nation’s 26th President, aka “Rough Rider” Roosevelt, was briefly quarantined at Camp Wyckoff in Montauk upon his arrival on native soil from the Spanish-American War. Fortunately for the current Vice President, Mr. Biden had much plusher digs here when he vacationed in Southampton a few summers back.

Mr. Kennedy’s East End connections run fairly deep. Members of his extended and immediate family have connections here, including his niece, his in-laws, his wife’s cousins, his daughter, and his wife, another former First Lady of the United States. Additionally, his rumored paramour, Marilyn Monroe, was also a frequent Hamptons visitor.

Ms. Monroe rented “the windmill house” at 64 Deep Lane in Amagansett for a couple of summers in the late 1950s with her then-husband Arthur Miller. That 1,300-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath home and surrounding 5.45 acres is currently on the market for $8.5 million, listed with Bobby Rosenbaum of Douglas Elliman.

Deep Lane

Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller rented this  house at 64 Deep Lane in Amagansett

Not only does the house have an incredible amount of history attached to it, it’s also one of the very few residences in the world that got their start as an actual working windmill, says Mr. Rosenbaum. “It’s one of the most unique properties anywhere,” he adds.

Back to the actual family and their East End ties—Rory Kennedy, who was JFK’s brother Robert’s daughter, was just married at the Montauk Yacht Club in October. The documentary filmmaker owned a home on Shelter Island but sold it in 2009.

Then there’s the “Grey Gardens” Bouvier Estate on West End Road in East Hampton, which is now owned by Ben Bradlee’s widow, Sally Quinn and has been rented out in summers past. Before the newspaper duo bought the rambling house, it had become a tumbledown eyesore owned by “Big” and “Little” Edie Beale, and was summarily documented as perhaps one of the most infamous houses in America in the film “Grey Gardens.”

Coming to the immediate family, the late President’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg owned a home in Sagaponack until she sold it 2006. And of course, last but certainly not least, President Kennedy’s former wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, was born in Southampton and grew up riding horses in East Hampton. Her childhood home, Lasata, at 121 Further Lane in East Hampton is being offered for sale right now.

Further Lane

Lasata, at 121 Further Lane, offered at $38,995,000

Listed for just shy of $39 million with Peter Turnino of Brown Harris Stevens and Susan Breitenbach of The Corcoran Group, the 8,500-square-foot south-of-the-highway estate was built by architect Arthur C. Jackson in 1917. Near both the Atlantic Ocean and the Maidstone Club, the 10-bedroom, 10-and-a-half bath main house comes with 7 acres of land, a horse stable, multiple vegetable gardens, a one-bedroom guesthouse, pool, and a two-bedroom pool house.

Owned by Reed and Delphine Krakoff since 2007, the home whose name translates from the Native American word for “place of peace” has been on the market since September. An adjacent parcel, which boasts a grass tennis court and 4 acres of prime land, is also being offered, separately, for nearly $15 million.

“It’s a very, very special house. It’s got the Bouvier name, and the Kennedy name, and the incredible restoration from the current owners—who make it look like that period and era it was built but also like nothing’s been done, which is the greatest compliment,” says Ms. Breitenbach. “It’s old-world elegance, with history from one of the most treasured American families. It’s a place to be treasured.”