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Five Recent Listings Try to Cash in on Great Gatsby Fever


Despite its dismal reviews, the new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby has already raked in more than $130M in box office sales worldwide. Now some enterprising brokers are trying to get on the act as well, comparing their listings to the lavish estate inhabited by the story's title character. While others pale in comparison to Fitzgerald's description of unbridled Roaring Twenties excess, some, like this sprawling lake house in Holland, Mich. (above) nearly live up to the billing. Listed last month for $18.9M, the waterfront estate includes a 13,500-square-foot "Gatsby-esque cottage," along with a "horse barn, pastures, paddocks, and a 10-acre pine wooded area for riding and hiking." The main house is home to five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a home gym, and three-bay garage.


? Not one, but two, eight-figure Michigan lakefront estates are vying for the "Gatsby-esque" crown. The second, located on Mullett Lake, occupies a private 14-acre peninsula and is asking $12.9M. Completed in 1990, the 14,500-square-foot mansion certainly has all the fanciful detailing one might associate with a Gatsby residence, but all executed in the height of cheap-looking '90s style. Vegetable-shaped ceramics arranged on a shelf in the kitchen? Check. Green ceilings and wild wallpaper choices? Check. Living room furniture that looks snatched from a tropical hotel's bankruptcy sale? Check.


? Our compatriots at Curbed Chicago picked up on this columned mansion's claims last week, when the 0.5-acre property came to market with the memorable opening line: "Oh so Gatsby!" Sadly, the $1.98M house is neither waterfront nor terribly impressive, at least beyond its columned facade. Sandwiched between later neighbors, this 1931 five-bedroom brick manse has more pedestrian benefits than someone like Gatsby might be inclined to care about, like close proximity to town and access to the Glen Ellyn school system.


? Yes, Gatsby held his garden parties on broad patios, but last we checked, the millionaire protagonist wasn't holding those parties in the high desert of Santa Fe, N.M. Architecturally light-years away from the traditional East Coast homes of fictional West Egg and East Egg Long Island, this adobe mansion still stakes a claim to "Gatsby-like" entertaining. It does have size on its side, with 12,000 square feet of interiors, five bedrooms, eight bathrooms, formal dining room, formal and informal living rooms, and a kitchen that is "right out of Italy with a cooking fireplace and huge woodblock island." Dropped on the market just five days ago, all of this is currently listed for $4.5M.


? If Jay Gatsby were around in 2013, rather than the 1920s, he probably would want an indoor basketball court. That's one in a litany of toys on this suburban estate in the tony Boston suburb of Needham, Mass. Listed for $2.63M, the one-acre spread includes a "clay tennis court ... heated in-ground pool with cabana, and outside kitchen," all done in "Great Gatsby Style." Completed in 2002, the 8,000-square-foot main house boasts five bedrooms and five baths, plus a gym, a bar/game room, a hottub, and a wood-lined study.

· 186 S. Division [Sotheby's International Realty]
· 3063 Red Pine Point [Zillow]
· Whiff of Gatsby Detected in Area Real Estate Listings [Curbed Chicago]
· 460 Circle Drive [Zillow]
· 264 Edgewater Dr [Zillow]