The Childhood Home Of Jackie Kennedy Onassis Is For Sale
“Wildmoor,” the original Bouvier family summer home in East Hampton, New York, has gone on the market for $7,500,000 million.
The Bouviers owned the house for decades, giving it an extraordinary legacy of art and glamour. Neighbors still tell stories about the polo matches the family hosted on summer weekends in a nearby field. Built in 1895, this was the childhood home of both ‘Blackjack’ Bouvier and his daughter Jacqueline, later to become First Lady during the presidency of John F. Kennedy.
Located on one acre of prized land on Apaquogue Road, one of the most coveted addresses in the Hamptons, the house measures 4,291 square feet, with six bedrooms, four full bathrooms and one half bath. A classic summer home within earshot of the ocean, it has a gabled roof, wraparound porch, Palladian windows, generously sized rooms, a stunning atrium and a pergola-covered terrace. The fireplaces, many of the light fixtures, a clawfooted bathtub, a staircase, and paneling in the dining room, living room and front hall all date to the Bouviers’ time here.
East Hampton is part of the “Gold Coast” of Long Island, a strip of about 20 miles along the water’s edge of the North Shore. A century ago, it was a popular summer retreat for the Vanderbilts, Woolworths and Guggenheims. F. Scott Fitzgerald was awed by the concentration of wealth he found here when he began his masterpiece, “The Great Gatsby.” At one point, Gilded Age estates stood by the hundreds. Over time, most fell victim to the wrecking ball.
In 1960, the famed Abstract Expressionist Adolph Gottlieb bought “Wildmoor” so that he could be near the ocean. His barn art studio, filled with light and inspiration, still stands in the garden.
“This classic shingled East Hampton house with stunning gardens and wraparound porches on the first and second floors, is a block from the ocean. It has a unique legacy as the property of two of American’s extraordinary figures: the patriarch of the Bouvier family, Major John V Bouvier and the famed Abstract Expressionist artist, Adolph Gottlieb,” says listing agent Paula Butler of Sotheby’s International Realty, East Hampton Brokerage.