There’s the United States White House in Washington, D.C., and then there’s East Hampton’s White House: a Georgian-style mansion decorated with flowers in the summer and festive holiday decorations in the winter.
The 7,600 square foot historic property lives at the entrance to East Hampton Village at 6 Woods Lane. As one might guess, the Hamptons “White House” is impossible to miss, but it’s on the corner of Woods Lane and Main Street.
The home initially faced Town Pond when it was constructed in the 1700s. In 1906, the home was impressively moved to the spot that it’s in today. International real estate developer Fred Mengoni purchased the mansion in 1989. Over the next four years, he transformed the space into the luxurious property that it is today.
In 1997, Mengoni spoke about the property’s extensive renovations. “I gutted it,” he told The New York Times. “It was a piece of junk.” His renovations included (but certainly aren’t limited to) elevating the space with imported marble, adding a rosewood tavern in the basement, building a pool house, adding a wine cellar…the list goes on.
Despite all of that hard work of transforming the space, Mengoni reportedly didn’t spend much time there. “He rarely stayed at the White House but was known to drop by at 5 a.m. to collect his bicycle for a morning ride,” The Times reported. His primary residence was a townhouse on the Upper East Side.
Mengoni passed away in 2018, at 94. Douglas Elliman Real Estate listed the property for $12.5 million the following year. According to Elliman listing agents Douglas Brown and Paul Brennan, the property’s last listing price was $7.25 million. It’s currently in contract with a very special buyer.
“Iconic and irreplaceable, ‘The White House’ has long charmed village residents and visitors to East Hampton,” says Brown.
“I am very happy that the new owner plans to keep the integrity of the house and appreciates what the White House represents. He understands how unique the property is and that he acquired one of the most well-known houses on the East End.”
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