A Gatsby-Worthy Estate on New York's Gold Coast

Image Source: Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Listing Source: Zillow One of the two remaining original rooms incorporated into architect Ulrich Franzen’s 1976 design, Horseshoe Hill's grand salon no doubt played host to legendary parties back in the Gatsby Gold Coast 1930s. The Old Westbury, N.Y., house’s salon has a restored antique green marble fireplace, its original sanded oak-paneled walls and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with tranquil garden views.

This Friday, director Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby (starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan) will make its debut. All the Gatsby hype got us to thinking: Where would Jay Gatsby live today? We did some digging, and we think we found the perfect home for the mysterious millionaire.

F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel was set on New York's "Gold Coast," the northern shore of Long Island once home to some of the wealthiest families in America. Gatsby's lavish mansion, where he throws extravagant parties for New York's elite, is located in the fictional Gold Coast village of West Egg.

Known as Horseshoe Hill, today's estate set on the Gatsby Gold Coast was originally built in 1891, and was the setting of many glamorous soirees during the 1930s. In 1976, the home was completely redesigned by Ulrich Franzen. The renowned modern architect preserved two of the home's most important rooms: a drawing room with antique Jacobean wood paneling and intricately molded plaster ceilings, and a grand salon with a soaring timber-truss framed ceiling and an antique green marble fireplace. The remainder of the home was completely rebuilt in the architect's signature sleek style – we think a modern-day Jay Gatsby would approve of this striking blend of old and new.

Yet another highlight of this Gold Coast estate: its spectacular four-acre grounds. The home's rolling lawns and formal gardens were designed in 1928 and 1929 by landscape designers Olmsted Brothers, sons of Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park. At Horseshoe Hill, even the landscaping has a pedigree.

About the House

Library: New York Horseshoe Hill Estate
  • Location: Old Westbury, N.Y.
  • Listed By: Mollie Grossman of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
  • Price: $6,475,000

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