'Great Gatsby' Mansion in Its Original Grandeur
The Great Gatsby is not only one of the 20th century's great novels -- it's also one of the great real estate reads. Recently, Land's End, the grand Long Island, N.Y., estate that moved F. Scott Fitzgerald to create the fictional town of East Egg in Gatsby fell into serious disrepair. Sarah Firshein at Curbed.com has the story and photos of Land's End in better times.
Land's End,the Sands Point, N.Y., estate rumored to haveinspiredF. Scott Fitzgerald's vision of Daisy Buchanan's house inThe Great Gatsby, has surely seen fairer times. The colonial revival is spending its final days as adecaying,peeling mess as it waits to be razed and turned into a development community community. But like all Stanford White-designed properties built during the turn of the 20th century, it once had serious grace and grandeur, as proven by an old listing brochure posted on blog Old Long Island. We're awaiting confirmation of what year it's from, exactly, but it lists the house (as well as its on-grounds caretaker's cottage and two greenhouses) for $2.5M-and that includes "all furniture, drapes, linens, complete service of English threat silver and Baccarat crystal for 48, furnishings in all bldgs." To boot: we're assuming the brochure is from far before November 2009, when Land's End hit the market for $30M.