A President’s Former Sag Harbor “Summer White House” Redesigned by Steven Gambrel Asks $13.5M

The Hamptons has long been a refuge for the rich, famous, and powerful. For example, even back in its historic whaling days, something about Sag Harbor called out to a President of the United States. The country’s 21st president, Chester A. Arthur, made his “Summer White House” at 20 Union Street. Now, in the 21st-century, the 1796-built Greek Revival has been completely revitalized by acclaimed designer Steven Gambrel. A Hamptons gem to be sure, it’s asking a steep $13.495 million.

The recent renovation took place over three years, with Gambrel giving the home a thorough and sophisticated makeover while keeping its historic character at the forefront. Across three floors, there’s space for many with six bedrooms, but that’s just the bare bones of what makes the home enticing.

Melding cozy and coastal aesthetics, the polished interiors exude warmth. The formal living room and dining room, library, and kitchen/family room all have their own fireplaces to make Northeast winters bearable and dinner parties glow. Outside, delightful gardens fill the .34 acres of grounds, as well as a gunite pool and terraces.

More beautiful than ever thanks to Mr. Gambrel, the 5,900-square-foot home awaits a buyer ready to splurge on a summer getaway. Rima Mardoyan Smyth of Douglas Elliman holds the listing, and records show it previously asked $13.8 million in 2021. It was also seen on the market seeking $13.5 million back in 2018.