With the new film version of “The Great Gatsby” due to open May 10, we’re taking a look back at some remarkable American homes associated with the author of that classic novel — F. Scott Fitzgerald — including one that might have been a setting for the book. A famous Sands Point, N.Y., mansion (pictured above) is said to have been the inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s house in “The Great Gatsby.” Built in 1902, the once-stunning Colonial revival has since been razed: But in the spirit of nostalgia we like to remember how it looked in its glory days. As you can see from the gallery below, the estate dubbed “Land’s End” was the epitome of opulence and grandeur, filled with Baccarat crystal, and plush drapes and linens.
Though Fitzgerald set many of his stories in the homes of the rich, the Baltimore townhouse in which he penned some of his later works was humble by comparison. It’s still a beauty though: The four-bedroom, four-bath, 3,600-square foot townhouse boasts ornate fireplaces, tall windows, French doors and a back porch overlooking a quant private garden. Best of all, the home still contains many of the original details from over a century ago! See the home below, which was recently on the market at a modest $450,000 and which Zillow lists as having sold last month for $464,000.
A recent article by Gabrielle Lipton in Slate about the homes that Gatsby’s mansion might have been based on — among them Oheka Castle and Beacon Towers – concludes that no one may ever know that for sure, since Fitzgerald “drew from many sources.” But Lipton adds: “Perhaps it’s not so much which mansion was Gatsby’s; it’s which one is destined to be the next.” Well, we have one or two in mind….
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