A fabled 20-acre Kings Point estate said to have been the inspiration for the West Egg mansion in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" has come on the market.
The Brickman Estate at the Point, as it is known, was listed two weeks ago for $39.5 million. Regina Koller, a spokeswoman for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, confirmed the asking price, saying the listing is an exclusive with her firm. Coldwell Banker's Diane Polland has the listing.
John Handler last owned the home. Handler, 57, was found dead there in 2008. His wife, Jennifer Eley-Handler, principal pianist for the Long Island Philharmonic, died two years earlier in an accident. Their children are selling the home through a corporate entity, a source close to the family says.
Real estate records show that the Handlers have tried to sell the property at various times since 1996.
Built in 1851, the house was designed by A.J. Davis, also the architect of Prospect Park's Litchfield House. It was built by John Alsop King Jr., a New York governor's son for whom Kings Point is named. The heirs to Arm & Hammer Baking Soda purchased the property in 1913. John Handler's grandfather bought it in 1950.
Over the years, Handler fought with his brother, Russell, over ownership of the property, according to court documents.
There are nine residences at the Point, which is actually the tip of Kings Point. The main house has nine bedrooms and five bathrooms. "From the main house and the property, you can see the Manhattan skyline, two bridges -- the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges -- City Island is directly across the water, and to the right is Manhasset Bay and Sands Point," says Koller. The 1,600 feet of waterfront include a pebble beach that can be accessed from the property.
There also is a tennis court, a working vineyard and stables.