Instead of just driving around Long Island’s Gold Coast and ogling the Jazz Age mansions, pretending to be a character in The Great Gatsby, you can now live within the walls of perhaps the Gatsby-est home of them all. The Wall Street Journal reports that 6 Gateway Drive in Great Neck, the Mediterranean-style mansion where F. Scott Fitzgerald started writing his iconic novel, is for sale for $3,888,888. The author and his wife Zelda lived in the 5,174-square-foot home between October 1922 and and April 1924, smack in the middle of the Roaring Twenties scene that he depicted in his book.
Just in time for summer in the Hamptons, retired Nets star Jason Kidd has sold his sprawling mansion at 100 Flying Point Road in Water Mill, fetching an impressive $7.1 million, reports the Post. He bought the then-brand-new, four-building luxury compound in 2012 for $5 million, originally listed it through Corcoran in October 2014 for nearly $8 million, but re-listed it with Douglas Elliman this past January for $1 million less. The home came fully furnished and offered the best of Hamptons living.
The Red Dirt Road House is a stunningly simple A-frame home with no red in sight. Painted pitch black on the outside and featuring an all-white interior, this woodland retreat is minimal, modern, and has an Australian vibe to it. It was designed by Amee Allsop for a city-based Aussie client who mainly uses the property in the summer but also bought the property with dreams of hosting yoga retreats all year around.
It’s not all Real Housewives of NYC and mega-mansions out on the Hamptons. In fact, one of the cutest houses on the island (in our humble opinion) is on the market for just $595,000.
Located in East Hampton at 73 Waterhole Road, this beach bungalow stands out on the exterior for its charming hexagonal shape and on the interior for its funky hand-painted checkered floors and rustic cedar beamed ceilings. And if that wasn’t enough, the house sits on a large lot adjacent to a preserve and near a private residents-only beach and marina.
Yes, New York is filled with history, but this Hamptons estate is a piece of history that is unlike anything you’ve ever heard. The 17th century English barn at 83 Narrow Lane is just one of five or six in the U.S. exported from the Willow Farm in Windsor Berkshire, England. The entire barn and its timber beams were shipped across the Atlantic in the early 1980s just before the British National Trust halted their exportation, making this a rare gem with a premium price tag of $3.295 million.
The Hamptons have long been a summer playground for the rich and famous, with real estate prices reflecting just how badly folks want to be part of the scene. But this latest home to hit market had us scratching (and shaking) our heads over its crazy asking price. Offering one bedroom and one bathroom within a 48-year-old, 700-square-foot trailer, this modest mobile abode is looking to make a $1.2 million sale. No, this is not an April Fools joke.
Forget the fact that there’s snow on the ground, the calendar says it’s spring, so we think it’s fair game to start planning some warm weather weekend retreats. And since the Hamptons Jitney runs all year, why not start by ogling this charming Montauk home by Robert Young Architects.
The Navy Road Guest House mixes the best of traditional, clean Hamptons living with upstate-like rustic charm. Outside, perfectly landscaped, winding grounds complement the stone and wooden-shingled façade. Inside, whitewashed rooms are perfectly balanced with earthy wooden walls.
Starchitect Robert A.M. Stern certainly made headlines last week, with floorplans for two of his supertall billionaire’s row towers coming to light (520 Park Avenue and 220 Central Park South). And it’s these type of ground- and record-breaking urban projects that we’ve come to associate with the architect, who favors stately and classic buildings over the zig-zagging glass towers of his peers.
But long before the days of 15 Central Park West, Stern was beginning his architecture career with much humbler projects, like this Hamptons home, an unorthodox take on the shingle style that he completed just a few years after architecture school. The 3,000-square-foot, postmodern vacation house is on the market for $2.95 million, offering architecture buffs the chance to own a piece of history.
OBRA Architects’ Centrifugal Villa is not your average wooden family home. Located on a five-acre site in Southampton, it overlooks a pristine agricultural reserve framing the green landscape through its many all-around windows. Its name comes from its original circular layout, which in the architects’ own words, is “arranged around a hollow center, as if the heart of the house had somehow fallen outside its body.”
Old Westbury Gardens, a Gold Coast mansion also known as “the Gatsby House”, © Old Westbury Gardens
In recent years, the Manhattan real estate scene has had a major upswing in the amount of wealthy buyers from China, who feel that New York City condos and other properties are a safe place for their money. In fact, high-profile real estate firms are even tapping Chinese brokers to cater to this growing clientele. But now the trend is moving east, with Chinese buyers eyeing the stately mansions that make up the Gold Coast suburbs of Long Island. According to the Times, “Some Chinese buyers are parking money in what they see as a low-risk investment. Others are seeking a trophy home. Still others are intent on living in these places full time while their children attend the area’s high-performing schools.”