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 Aristocratic Apartment

A European princess visiting New York City would feel perfectly at home in this grand apartment. The lofty home is one half of an Upper East Side townhouse.  The flat has soaring ceilings, intricate ceiling moldings, three marble fireplaces, pocket doors, built-in window shutters, unique antique furniture, gorgeous woodwork, museum quality paintings, and curious objects d’art. A wooden spiral staircase off the parlor leads upstairs to a glittering bedroom with an Italian glass chandelier. A terrace with a spiral staircase off the dining area leads downstairs to a private garden. The townhouse also has a traditional staircase leading to the double door parlor entrance. From the massive ballroom chandeliers to the bejeweled taxidermy peacock (it was a former pet who died of natural causes), the eclectic décor is dripping with quirky glamour. At the end of the block is the lovely Gracie Mansion (the mayor’s residence), the Hudson River and the beautiful Carl Schurz Park. Note: There is also an unused dentist office in the basement of the townhouse that might be available for rent as well.

Square footage: 1,800 (Floor-thru parlour, open kitchen, dining room, one bedrooms, two bathrooms, terrace, private yard, hallway)

Amenities/Details:

  • Furniture, artwork and props as seen in the pictures
  • 3 fireplaces
  • 2 bathrooms