The former Hamptons home of President Chester A. Arthur is now available for $13.5 million.
Arthur—who served as the 21st president following President Garfield’s assassination—often utilized the Sag Harbor, New York, property as a retreat from the stress of Washington D.C. The historic Greek Revival-style main house was built in 1796, and spans 5,900 square feet.
Architect Steven Gambrel undertook the property’s extensive renovation, managing to update the 223-year-old home while maintaining plenty of original features. The six-bedroom, five-bath residence extends to three floors of living space.
On the main floor are formal living and dining spaces accented with ornate paneling and fireplaces. The colorful kitchen’s renovation neatly balances the home’s historical relevance and contemporary comfort, with stainless steel appliances, a marble island, and a pair of two marble sinks.
Amenities include a library with a fireplace, a media room with a fireplace, and a wine cellar. Outside, manicured gardens, quaint terraces, a courtyard, and a swimming pool suggest Hamptons summer idylls.
Contemporary journalist Alexander McClure famously noted that “no man ever entered the Presidency so profoundly and widely distrusted as Chester Alan Arthur, and no one ever retired … more generally respected, alike by political friend and foe.”