For Sale: A Hamptons Home That Was Once the Summer White House of a U.S. President
Built in 1796, the three-story Greek Revival home was elegantly revamped within the past three years.
Whether it’s to Kennebunkport, Martha’s Vineyard, or Mar-a-Lago, American Presidents are just like us: They escape to the beach for vacation.
But if there’s one coastline in particular that one might consider the most presidential, it very well could be the Hamptons. Over the centuries, the swanky celeb hangout has played host to the Kennedys, the Clintons, and the Roosevelts. But even before that, the Hamptons were home to our 21st head of state, Chester A. Arthur. During his presidency, Arthur kept a second home in an 18th-century Georgian Revival stunner in the tony enclave of Sag Harbor. (Back then, the town thrived thanks to the whaling industry.)
And if your dream is to rest your head where a world leader once did, you’re in luck: Arthur’s Hamptons escape is currently for sale. And bonus: The house itself is an absolute dream.
Located on a secluded lot, the charming escape is wrapped in foliage for the ultimate in privacy. Outdoor space within its .36 acres includes spacious paved terraces, covered outdoor living rooms, a Gunite pool, and elegant gardens.
Inside, the house recently underwent a to-the-studs makeover helmed by A-list designer Steven Gambrel, yielding warm, sophisticated spaces with modern, artistic touches—all while retaining its historic character. In the elegant living room, soothing cool hues coupled with an antique fireplace create an inviting atmosphere. The kitchen, meanwhile, makes a statement with lacquered black cabinetry, a geometric floor tile, and pops of green.
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Six bedrooms are spread between the home’s second and third floors, allowing for beautiful views over Sag Harbor’s historic downtown. In the basement, a media room and wine cellar create the ideal nighttime lounge spot.
All in favor of skipping the Presidential Suite on your next vacation in favor of an actual President’s house? Arthur’s summer digs are currently listed with Douglas Elliman for $13.5 million (which, we’re guessing, is just a bit more than Arthur paid for the home himself). See more of the "Summer White House" below: