Retro Luxury

5 Homes Jay Gatsby Would Love

 Catherine Sherman | Zillow | May 8, 2013 | link

Beacon Towers is believed to have served as inspiration for Gatsby's mansion. The estate on the coast of Sands Point was demolished in April 2011.  Source: Wikipedia Commons

Beacon Towers is believed to have served as inspiration for Gatsby’s mansion. The estate on the coast of Sands Point was demolished in April 2011. Source: Wikipedia Commons

“… 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.

Rhode Island royalty

237 Ruggles Ave, Newport, RI
For sale: $17.9 million

Newport, RI
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.

Newport, RI

Los Angeles landmark

455 Lorraine Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
For sale: $11.25 million

Los Angeles, CA
A classic example of American Beaux Arts architecture, the famed Dorothy Chandler estate remains a historical 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.

Los Angeles CA - 4

Admit-one Atlanta

490 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 
For sale: $19.9 million

Atlanta GA - 1
According to the listing agent, this home is “ideal for lavish entertaining” with 7 full kitchens, 9 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, 2 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.

Atlanta GA - 4

Wood-carved Woodside

125 Northgate St, Woodside, CA 
For sale: $10.95 million

Woodside CA - 1
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.

Woodside CA - 3

Tennessee tradition

2467 Hidden River Ln, Franklin, TN 
For sale: $17.5 million

Franklin, TN
A gated entrance, poolside cabana and rich tapestries embody the traditional Southern luxury you’d expect on a 48-acre Tennessee estate. Other noteworthy features include an elevator, spa and separate guest quarters.

Franklin, TN


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