Homes on Long Island’s Gold Coast inspire ‘The Great Gatsby’

The Gatsby home in the 2013 film adaptation.

The Gatsby home in the 2013 film adaptation. (5/7/13)

SANDS POINT - The latest adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel “The Great Gatsby” might have been filmed in Australia, but the story is set on Long Island’s Gold Coast.

The magnificent mansions and lavish lifestyles on the Island’s Gold Coast in the roaring 20s provide the backdrop for director Baz Luhurmann’s film. The Gatsby home doesn’t actually exist, but North Shore historian Paul Mateyunas says Fitzgerald was renting a house in Great Neck when he was inspired to write Gatsby.

In the novel, Fitzgerald created fictional East Egg and West Egg communities on Long Island. West Egg symbolized Great Neck, while East Egg represented Sands Point, according to Mateyunas. The historian adds that though the Gatsby mansion was in West Egg, it was inspired by Beacon Towers, which once stood in Sands Point.

In addition, Mateyunas says a house called Lands End, which was demolished in spring of 2011, in Sands Point was supposed to be the inspiration for Daisy’s house in the film.

Lastly, to get a taste of the Gatsby life and times, you can visit Oheka Castle in Huntington.

Click on the gallery above for photos of Long Island homes that inspired Fitzgerald.

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