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Kings Point’s ‘Great Gatsby’ mansion sold

Village’s Brickman estate said to have been in Fitzgerald’s novel

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Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:26 am

The Village of Kings Point’s Brickman estate, which has been celebrated throughout local lore for apparently providing the inspiration for the West Egg mansion in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, has been sold.

The property had a listing price of $39.5 million, but the exact closing price and purchaser of the 20-acre Kings Point estate have not yet been released, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Communications Specialist Regina Koller said.

Known for its views of the Manhattan skyline, the Long Island Sound and Manhasset Bay, the Brickman estate is the last remaining “mid-19th century North Shore mansion” on Long Island, a news release announcing the sale of the property said.

Included on the 1,600 feet of water front property is a main residence with nine other residential buildings, Koller said.

Diane Polland, a sales associate in the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Great Neck office, facilitated the deal to sell the property.

“This notable transaction is a reflection of Diane’s leadership and dedication to her customers and clients,” Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Long Island President Joe Mamone said. “It is also a sign that there is strong confidence in the luxury real estate market. This is a significant achievement for Diane and we are proud of her efforts.”

The Brickman estate was last owned by John Handler, who was found dead at the age of 58 on the property in 2008. 

Handler’s wife, Jennifer Eley-Handler, died two years earlier in an accident on the grounds of the Brickman estate. 

The son of a New York Gov. John Alsop King Jr. commissioned renowned architect A.J. Davis to design the estate’s main stucco residence, which was built in the early 1850s, the release said.

The Village of Kings Point was named for King. Davis also gained prominence for designing the famous Litchfield Villa in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Richard Church, who was heir to the company that made Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, purchased the Brickman estate in 1913 and the release said he was known to have thrown “Gatsby-esque summer parties.”

Fitzgerald lived in Great Neck in the early 1920s when he began writing “The Great Gatsby.”

It is unknown whether Fitzgerald ever visited the property.


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1 comment:

  • Craig Joseph Strauss posted at 1:33 pm on Thu, May 10, 2012.

    Craig Joseph Strauss Posts: 1

    Wonderful insight into the sale of the famed mansion Mr. Santa, kudos!