"It was a factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy, with a tower on one side spanking new under a thin beard of raw ivy, and a marble swimming pool and more than forty acres of lawn and garden. It was Gatsby's mansion."
These familiar words from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby are coming to life on the big screen this Friday. While the highly anticipated movie was filmed on the coast of Australia, Fitzgerald's inspiration for Jay Gatsby's home has long been debated.
Where would the mysterious Gatsby host his lavish Jazz Age parties today? We've rounded up a few top contenders currently on the market.
With 425 feet of oceanfront property above Cliff Walk, this Rhode Island mansion has it all. From a ballroom that seats 120 guests to a stunning swimming pool, the 1875-built estate is in impeccable condition.
A classic example of American Beaux Arts architecture, the famed Dorothy Chandler estate remains a historic landmark. Of note, the ornate music room has accommodated several fundraisers attended by U.S. presidents, with the home being referred to as the “Western White House.” Designed by architects of the Hearst Castle, the property has undergone five major renovations to restore the 1913 construction.
According to the listing agent, this home is “ideal for lavish entertaining” with seven full kitchens, nine bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, two gyms, a grand ballroom, recording studio, salon, cigar room, movie theater, fountains, spas and a breathtaking courtyard pool. While built several years after Fitzgerald was dreaming of Gatsby’s home, the palatial mansion is undoubtedly worthy of the fictional character.
Built in the 1930s, this estate was modeled after Hampton Court, a 16th century royal family residence in Middlesex, England. Noted architect Albert Farr used brick and stucco-cut stone, Gothic arches, ornate plaster detailing and carved-wood paneling to create the feel of a royal castle.
A gated entrance, poolside cabana and rich tapestries embody the traditional Southern luxury that you’d expect on a 48-acre Tennessee estate. Other noteworthy features include an elevator, spa and separate guest quarters.