The Whitney Boathouse, a waterfront estate that was the weekend retreat of John Hay “Jock” Whitney, who F. Scott Fitzgerald took inspiration from when writing The Great Gatsby, is listed for sale at 95 Lake Rd. in Manhasset.
Whitney was U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1957 to 1961. He was also publisher of the New York Herald Tribune and president of the Museum of Modern Art. He owned a vast art collection, including several Picassos and van Goghs, which have all since been donated or sold, and was a well-known philanthropist in his time.
Built in 1910, the brick and stone home is now fully renovated, featuring cathedral ceilings, a formal dining room, six bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus one half bathroom, two garage spaces, an elevator, an eat-in kitchen, a ballroom-sized clubroom with a stone fireplace and an indoor pool and spa. The pool is inground and heated.
The .89-acre property also features the largest private dock on the Manhasset harbor. There is a private beach, guesthouse, multiple patios and decks and a long pier to access a floating dock.
This outdoor beauty can be seen from inside the house, where there are walls of glass windows and doors throughout.
The asking price is $11,800,000, not including the annual property tax of $150,115.
The real estate agent listed for the property is Maria Babaev, of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, who can be reached at 516-621-3555.
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