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.
Built in 1918, the home features seven bedrooms and original details like a wood-burning fireplace, arched windows, and crown moldings. Despite modern updates, it retains its grand feel and perfect-for-entertaining layout.
It was in a room above the garage where Fitzgerald wrote (it’s now used as a bedroom), and it’s believed that he composed the book’s first three chapters while living here. He and Zelda moved to France in May of 1924, where he finished the novel, drawing on the experiences of lavish parties and tensions between the coast’s old and new money that he encountered while living on Long Island.
The Journal reports that the current owner is Larry Horn, who bought the residence in 2008 for $4.2 million, meaning he’ll be making a pretty small profit even if the house sells for its asking price.
Photos via Coldwell Banker
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