How Is F. Scott Fitzgerald Tied to This $2.22 Million Delaware House?

Gatsby? What Gatsby?

Home image via Long & Foster Co. | F. Scott Fitzgerald image via Wikimedia Commons

Home image via Long & Foster Co. | F. Scott Fitzgerald image via Wikimedia Commons

It is possible that in its younger and more vulnerable years this Delaware home nestled in Greenville’s Wooddale neighborhood was part of the Underground Railroad. That rumor has never been confirmed, but it would certainly add another defining characteristic to its story. The one we know for sure, though? The Fitzgeralds, as in the former Miss Zelda Sayre and her writer husband Francis Scott, used to visit with the family who once lived here.

According to current owner and agent Kathi Trapnell, Judge John Biggs, the home’s former resident, and F. Scott had been roommates and friends at Princeton University, so, naturally, Biggs would invite his old buddy over with his lady. After Fitzgerald’s death, Biggs reportedly helped the Fitzgeralds’ only daughter, Scottie, negotiate a contract for the screen rights for the Great Gatsby. (Hey, the more you know.)

Anyhow, the house is now on the market for $2,225,000. It has detailed millwork and back staircases, hardwood floors, an eat-in island kitchen with a SubZero fridge and a fireplace, and a new roof and septic field. There are a handful of fireplaces throughout, but Trapnell tells us she and her family never used any them, although they should be in working condition. The master suite comes with a sauna, sitting room, Jacuzzi tub, and four closets.

Additional notes:

  • Five acres
  • Multi-level terraces
  • In-ground pool
  • Springhouse used as a pottery shed
  • Six-bay garage
  • Covered bridge connects home to town
  • $5,000 selling bonus is being offered to buyers agent

Beds: 6
Baths: 5 full, 2 half
Square feet: 6,500
Price: $2,225,000

Listing: 2 Foxhill Ln, Greenville, PA, 19807 [Long & Foster]