The Great Gatsby Mansion

I drove by this stucco and terra cotta mansion one day in 2006. It was for sale, so I drove my car through its circular drive and parked. As I sat in my car I was reminded of the house in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary masterpiece. I imagined I was a guest arriving for a grand party in a 1928 Rolls Royce Ascot Tourer. I nicknamed the house The Great Gatsby after that. Since then I have spent some time in the home. It boasts a ballroom sized parlor, shiny parquet floors, pocket doors, grand fireplaces, beamed ceilings, a handsome dark wood staircase, and jawdropping views of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and the New York City harbor.

Square footage: 15,000

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Water views

The Lakefront Lodge

This stately lodge, with its steeply pitched wood shingle roof and stone façade, wouldn’t be out of place in the English countryside or Germany’s Black Forest. One reaches the lodge via a private road through woods and wetlands. Knock on the brass lion doorknocker at the front door, but be patient as it takes awhile to unbolt the heavy wooden door. Inside you’ll find a cavernous wood-paneled great room, a huge fireplace with cauldrons, and an enormous wrought iron chandelier. Outside you’ll find a private lake with a floating dock, a grand lion-headed fountain, waterfall, manicured grounds, rolling hills, and huge pines circling the home. This lakefront estate is surrounded by water on four sides, which offers water views from almost every window. Square footage: 5,000 interior, 7.5 acres of land (Main house: Great room, dining room, bird room, sunroom, commercial kitchen, 4 bedrooms, art studio, 5 bathrooms, steam room, laundry room; Outbuildings: Boathouse, large workshop, tower, child’s house) Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • Boats (kayak, paddleboat, rowboat)
  • Plenty of parking on the grounds for trailers, trucks and cars
  • Central Air-conditioning throughout the house
  • Allows overnights for longer shoots
  • Airport in town