Long Island Home Where F. Scott Fitzgerald Started “The Great Gatsby” For Sale

The Long Island home where F. Scott Fitzgerald began writing his most famous work is for sale.

The 5,000-square foot home in Great Neck where Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda lived between 1922 and 1924 was listed by Coldwell Banker this month for just under $3.9 million.

Built in 1918, the two-story Mediterranean-style home has seven bedrooms, six full bathrooms and one half bathroom, as well as a large gourmet kitchen with two preparation islands and a vaulted-ceiling dining area.

Rich moldings and custom built mahogany cabinetry are found throughout the home, which includes a music room and several fireplaces, the real estate listing says. The private master suite, located in its own wing, features a balcony, large closets and an adjoining bathroom.

The home is located south of a home believed to be the inspiration for Jay Gatsby's West Egg mansion, situated on King’s Point of the Great Neck peninsula. The Fitzgeralds were frequent guests of many of Long Island’s Gold Coast parties, and the era and locale inspired one of America’s most beloved literary treasures, “The Great Gatsby.”

He wrote about three chapters of the iconic book before moving to France, where he finished the masterpiece.

Some features from Fitzgerald's days remain in the home. Others, according to the Wall Street Journal, have changed. For instance, the room Fitzgerald was thought to have used for writing has been converted to a bedroom.

The listing agent tells the Journal that the home’s current owners bought it for $4.2 million 2008. They’re moving because their children have grown. 

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