Looking for a place to throw raucous parties this summer? Need a lavish seven-bedroom estate to store all your champagne and silk shirts? If you have $3.9 million to spare, you might just be in luck.
The New York house where F. Scott Fitzgerald lived when he wrote part of “The Great Gatsby” just went on the market in Great Neck, Long Island. The nearly century-old mansion measures over 5,000 square feet and still retains some its original features, including arched windows, crown moldings and a room above the garage that Fitzgerald likely used for writing, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The novelist and his wife Zelda lived in the house in the early 1920s. Fitzgerald wrote about three chapters of his famous Jazz Age tragedy while living in the Mediterranean-style home, Sarah Churchwell, a professor of American literature at the University of East Anglia in Britain, told the Journal. The Fitzgerald family departed for France in 1924, where the author finished “The Great Gatsby,” she said.
With its wide circular driveway, large windows and sprawling landscape, the home evokes a similarly decadent vibe to that of Jay Gatsby’s fictional mansion in West Egg, an imaginary community inhabited by newly wealthy residents like Gatsby. (Old-money aristocrats like Tom and Daisy Buchanan lived in East Egg, by contrast.) Literary critics have guessed that West Egg and East Egg were inspired by the Long Island neighborhoods of Great Neck and Port Washington, respectively.
Inbar Mitzman, a listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, told the Journal that housing prices in Great Neck haven’t fully recovered from the housing downturn. According to public records, the home’s owner purchased the mansion for $4.2 million in 2008, the Journal noted.