“Villa Picolette” in
is for sale for $35.5 million! This jewel on the French Antibes was rented by F. Scott Fitzgerald between 1922-24 and where he began the creation of his 4th and finest novel, Tender is the Night. Riviera
Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald in
in 1926. This was a crazy time of creativity, partying and too much booze! The Great Gatsby, inspired by Long Island north shore parties and finished in Antibes , did not achieve success until revival during World War II after Fitzgerald’s 1940 death. France
The book cover for Tender is the Night shows “Villa Picolette” through the pines on a beautiful bay in
Glamorous and wealthy American expats, Gerald and Sara Murphy, were an inspiration for “Nicole and Dick Diver” in the novel. The Murphy’s golden circle of friends included the Fitzgeralds, Picasso, Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, and nearly all the famous creatives of the period. They loved gathering at
’s La Garoupe, their private playground in the sun. Gerald loved “going “native” in a striped jersey, espadrilles, and knitted fisherman’s cap. Antibes
What a beautiful living room at “Villa Picolette.” Location, location, location, with views and history as a bonus!
You can imagine F. Scott and Zelda having martinis in this dining room. He was a severe alcoholic at the time and Zelda was spiraling with mental illness. Hemingway told her she was “crazy.” Zelda was hospitalized for schizophrenia in 1932.
A bedroom in the villa.
Have you seen any version of The Great Gatsby, and what do you think of the most recent adaptation?
***Youtube video of “Villa Picolette.”
***Great Youtube video (Part 1 of 5 available) about the life of F. Scott Fitzgerald.