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Gatsby House: Really Old Listing Photos Reveal Former Grandeur

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Photos via SPLIA via Old Long Island

Land's End, the Sands Point, N.Y., estate rumored to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald's vision of Daisy Buchanan's house in The Great Gatsby, has surely seen fairer times. The colonial revival is spending its final days as a decaying, peeling mess as it waits to be razed and turned into a development community. But like all Stanford White-designed properties built during the turn of the 20th century, it once had serious grace and grandeur, as proven by an old listing brochure posted on blog Old Long Island. We're awaiting confirmation of what year it's from, exactly, but it lists the house (as well as its on-grounds caretaker's cottage and two greenhouses) for $2.5M—and that includes "all furniture, drapes, linens, complete service of English threat silver and Baccarat crystal for 48, furnishings in all bldgs." To boot: we're assuming the brochure is from far before November 2009, when Land's End hit the market for $30M. In the mean time, have a look at the really terrific photos above.

UPDATE: Old Long Island estimates the photos are from the '70s or early '80s, before Land's End was purchased in 1983.

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