F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cult-classic novel “The Great Gatsby,” about hard-partying Long Island millionaires in the ’20s, was inspired by actual soirees the author attended at mansions along the North Shore, aka the Gold Coast. One such locale, a French Normandy-style residence on Sands Point known as the Rumsey-Harriman Estate, is said to have inspired the book’s fictional East Egg, and as the Post first reported it’s just hit the market for $16,880,000. Designed in 1928 by none other than McKim, Mead & White, the 5.3-acre waterfront property was owned by Junior League founder Mary Harriman Rumsey, whose father was railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman and brother New York governor W. Averell Harriman. Fitzgerald spent a good deal of time at the home with Rumsey and her family, widely believed to have inspired Gatsby.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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.