The house that inspired The Great Gatsby mansion is for sale gallery

"A factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side." Is this a description of the ...
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"A factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side." Is this a description of the Rumsey-Harriman Estate or Jay Gatsby's famous mansion?

The Long Island mansion that is rumoured to have inspired Jay Gatsby's home in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, has been put on the market for $23.3 million. 

The 1110 square metre French-Normandy style mansion was originally owned by Mary Harriman Rumsey, the founder of the Junior League of the City of New York, who would often host famous guests at the mansion, including her "dear friend" F. Scott Fitzgerald. 

"It is rumoured that the time he spent at the house helped to inspire the writing of his famous novel, and the area on the Gold Coast of Long Island is now largely considered to be 'Gatsby's East Egg'," the listing said. 

The large living room, located on the mansions "entertaining floor" is connected to a luxurious formal dining room.
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The large living room, located on the mansions "entertaining floor" is connected to a luxurious formal dining room.

Fitzgerald's description of Gatsby's iconic home as "a factual imitation of some Hôtel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side, spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool" is almost identical to Rumsey's mansion, minus the ivy and the marble swimming pool.

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Designed in 1928 by architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, famous for completing the 1903 renovation of the White House and designing Columbia University's main campus, the 13 bedroom, 8.5 bedroom mansion features numerous luxury features from the roaring 20's including ornate plaster ceilings and a fireplace mantle that was hand-carved by Rumsey's husband, American sculptor Charles Rumsey. 

The property's current owners completed an extensive three-year renovation of the home with an aim to "restore historically significant details while adapting the house for 21st century living". 

Other features include landscaped gardens, a 119-metre long private beach, a six car garage, boat house, tennis court, caretaker's ​cottage and a historic four bedroom home that is oddly reminiscent of the house rented by Nick Carraway in the novel. 

The home has numerous dining areas, including this light-filled breakfast solarium.
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The home has numerous dining areas, including this light-filled breakfast solarium.

All the home needs is a green light shining at the end of a dock across the bay and it would be the perfect home for any Gatsby fan. 

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The spacious kitchen was designed to cater to entertaining on a lavish scale.
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The spacious kitchen was designed to cater to entertaining on a lavish scale.

The master bedroom has a massive walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, as well as a windowed marble bathroom.
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The master bedroom has a massive walk-in wardrobe and dressing room, as well as a windowed marble bathroom.

Was this the room Fitzgerald had in mind when he described Gatsby's "Gothic library, panelled with carved English oak"?
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Was this the room Fitzgerald had in mind when he described Gatsby's "Gothic library, panelled with carved English oak"?

The property has panoramic views of the Long Island Sound.
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The property has panoramic views of the Long Island Sound.

The property has access to 119 metres of private beach on the Long Island Sound.
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The property has access to 119 metres of private beach on the Long Island Sound.

The property also includes a historic four bedroom guest cottage. Could this home, which is dwarfed by its grand ...
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The property also includes a historic four bedroom guest cottage. Could this home, which is dwarfed by its grand neighbour, be the inspiration for Nick Carraway's house?

The relaxed garden surrounding the property's guest cottage shares a number of features with the version of Nick ...
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The relaxed garden surrounding the property's guest cottage shares a number of features with the version of Nick Carraway's garden seen in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film.

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