Washington: The opulent Mediterranean villa that inspired and housed US author F Scott Fitzgerald, as he gathered material for his last completed novel, is on sale for a whopping USD 35.5 million.
Villa Picolette at Cap D'Antibes in the South of France is a seven-bedroom home built in the 19th century.
The view from the building's tower and terraces is the same one that appears on the cover of some editions of Fitzgerald last completed novel 'Tender is the Night', which he wrote on and off for more than a decade, New York Daily News reported.
"Just sitting there transports you right back to the glorious 1920s," said Maria McLean, from Cote d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty.
The house is believed to have hosted parties for Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway and other Jazz Age luminaries.
Recently restored by a European owner to its original Art Deco grandeur, the home overlooking the Mediterranean Sea has hand-painted frescoes, gardens that extend down to a private beach, and a classic French kitchen with black metal appliances.
The villa is close to many others rented by a post-Fitzgerald pack of celebrities, including American rap mogul Diddy, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and tech mogul Paul Allen.
Fitzgerald best known for his work 'The Great Gatsby', started the novel 'Tender is the Night' around 1925 during an extended period in Cap D'Antibes, and often stayed at Picolette and the Hotel Belles Rives.
The book chronicles the topsy-turvy life of Dick and Nicole Diver, a psychiatrist and his disturbed wife. It mirrors Fitzgerald's experience with his own wife, the mentally unstable Zelda, who sapped his fortune and annoyed his friend, Hemmingway.
First Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 19:55