When Jay Gatsby gazes across the bay from his mansion in West Egg in The Great Gatsby, the green light that he sees over in East Egg symbolizes any number of things—among them hope, the luxurious life he has long pursued, the dreams he has had for the future, the inspiration for all he does. Regardless of one’s preferences for what literary meaning the light holds, and the opinions are many, there is little argument that the real-world inspiration for East Egg—Sands Point—and its prominent place at the northern point of the Port Washington peninsula remains as alluring today as in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s fiction.
The Gold Coast area on the north shore of Nassau County is indeed a source of both dreams and inspiration, but for those looking for buildable lots for new construction with water views and privacy and historical ties…well, the opportunities are rare. And “rare” is just one of the terms Kevin Leatherman of Leatherman Homes uses to describe the listing he is representing—five residential building lots that can be purchased individually or in totality—on the property historically known as The Moorings on the famed Allan Estate.
The unique topography has been one of the standout aspects of the property for Leatherman, who has walked the grounds many times. “Yes, yes, boots on the ground,” he says with a laugh. “Don’t wear your dress shoes.”
A stroll across the five lots takes one from the beachfront—two of the available lots are physical beachfront with actual sandy beach on the waters of Manhasset Bay—up a rolling hill upon with the homes will eventually be built. Looking out over the water from that vista, taking in the views of Manhattan across the way, Leatherman has been taken with many aspects of the potential that awaits, from recreation to restaurants and beyond.
“If you’re a boater, to have your boat in Manhasset Bay—there’s different places you can have it docked or moored—but Manhasset Bay is wonderful for boaters,” he says. “As far as the community, Port Washington—because that’s where you’re going to more or less have your lifestyle, the shopping and all the restaurants—is very broad, so the spectrum and the depth of your different opportunities of where you can go to do your shopping and dining and the cultural activities, is broad.”
Indeed, the combination of private, beautiful environs and the cultural aspects—to say nothing of the Long Island Rail Road commute on the Port Washington line, a direct run without having to go through Jamaica—and that word “rare” seems more and more apt.
“It’s very, very sought after for that reason,” Leatherman says. “You’re having a very calm, serene environment for the peace and tranquility of your home, but yet you’re in a very vibrant community right next door in Port Washington.”