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