Wow House: 'Great Gatsby' Home In Sands Point Still On Market
Posted On April 8, 2020
SANDS POINT, NY — The Sands Point estate often cited in reports as the mansion that inspired the East Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “The Great Gatsby” is still on the market. The stunning 14-bedroom home, located at 235 Middle Neck Rd. on Long Island’s “Gold Coast,” is going for $13.89 million.
Sitting on more than 5 acres of waterfront property, the opulent home boasts six parking garage spaces, 8 1/2 bathrooms and nine fireplaces, plus nearly 400 feet of sandy beach.
The French Norman-style home, designed by famed architects Mckim, Mead & White, was originally the home of Mary Harriman Rumsey, founder of The Junior League and daughter of Union Pacific Railroad titan and financier, E.H. Harriman. Her brother was also W. Averell Harriman, a former New York Governor, and her Sands Point estate was reportedly the site of numerous galas.
The home last sold in May 2012 for $6.7 million. After some renovations, it was put up for sale in December 2016 for $19.8 million. The price dropped to $16.9 million in August 2017, then was relisted again for $13.9 million in June 2018.
In 2015, Mary Harriman Rumsey was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
In 2015, an article published in Penn State University Press said hidden and cryptic entries in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ledger and notebook revealed she helped the author “discover the lifestyle of the moneyed aristocracy of Old Westport, Long Island, and their involvement in the movement of eugenics as material for ‘The Great Gatsby.'”
Rumsey shaped Fitzgerald’s view of the affluent, and he praised her for her for work in New Deal politics, the entries revealed. Indeed, evidence supports the notion that the “pretty woman in a brown riding habit” in a scene of the classic novel is a “lasting memorial” to Rumsey, the article said.
But whether Rumsey’s home specifically served as inspiration for Gatsby’s home is another story.
The home was officially built in 1926, but Fitzgerald, who rented a home in Great Neck for a couple years, moved to France in April 1924. He spent much of the next seven years in Paris, publishing Gatsby in 1925.
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