Newly on the market is this villa in the French Riviera touted as a home of the famed Jazz-era writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. The "price upon request" (read: an arm, a leg, and your first born) property right up against the Mediterranean in Cap d'Antibes, France, is complete with those delightful unnecessaries found in 19th-century homes: staff accommodations, pool terraces, a sauna, portholes, and "immaculate" gardens. There's even a "bar with a discotheque" on the 8,611-square-foot premises. A nightclub in the residence? Seems kind of odd, though this is supposedly Fitzgerald's old pad, and we all know how the Gatsby author liked to party.
The Fitzgerald connection is super ambiguous in the listing; in fact, his name only appears in the listing's title. And to make matters more complicated, the Fitzgeralds drifted in and out of many a villa in the French Riviera. It seemed the novelist lived in three villas in Antibes: his Villa St. Louis (which is now a hotel, so that's not it), his Villa Paquita (ruled out because the Hemingways moved in right after the Fitzgeralds, and heaven knows that would have surely made the brokerbabble), and the home in which he spent the summer holiday in 1925 (most likely this property). That year, he and wife Zelda were living in Paris, but spent the summer holiday on the Riviera, living it up with other wealthy expatriates of the "Lost Generation." It was in the Riviera (though not in this particular house) that Fitzgerald wrote his Great Gatsby—the Long Island house that supposedly inspired Daisy Buchanan's estate was demolished in April 2011—and met the extravagant couple that inspired the characters Nicole and Dick Diver in Tender Is the Night.
· Luxury Art Deco Villa, Former Home of F. Scott Fit [Sotheby's International Realty via Casa Sugar]
· All F. Scott Fitzgerald coverage [Curbed National]