Bring your cigars!
The five-bedroom colonial in Great Neck where legendary comedian Groucho Marx lived and raised a family has hit the real estate market with an asking price of $2.3 million. The cigar-smoking funny man who unabashedly sported his signature greasepaint mustache for the bulk of his career called 21 Lincoln Road home from 1926-1931, before relocating to Hollywood.
Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx was 36 and married to his first wife Ruth when he purchased the home for $27,000. The couple’s son Arthur was 6 and their daughter Miriam was born within a year, according to the Great Neck Historical Society.
“Our house overlooked hundreds of acres of deep forest rich with birch and oak trees, unpolluted ponds and streams, and all sort of wild flora…there was also an abundance of rabbits, squirrel, frogs, owls, and snakes, everything necessary to make life interesting for a boy,” Arthur recalled in his book “Arthur Marx’s Groucho: A Photographic Journey.”
To the left of the front entry of the home, a Great Neck Historical Society Heritage plaque makes it official — recognizing the majestic century-old colonial as the former home of Marx, who made 26 movies and famously hosted the show “You Bet Your Life” during a seven-decade career died in entertainment.
An open house is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Below is a video tour that captures every nook and cranny of the house and its back and front yards.
The residence sits on a half-acre parcel that is filled with secluded gardens; manicured hedges; and flowering azalea, hydrangea, day lily, iris and peony. A testament to its historical significance, the home has maintained its timeless architectural charm, exuding a gracious aura that captures the essence of a bygone era.
Here’s a breakdown of the home:
• Five bedrooms and five bathrooms.
• An attached two-car garage.
• A stucco facade with a heavy Tudor design influence.
• A welcoming portico that was added to the home in 2014.
• Up-to-date windows added throughout the home during a 2014 expansion — including oversized casement windows that present stunning views of the front and side gardens.
• A fireplace with a carved wood mantle.
• An elegant formal dining that features parquet wood flooring, boxed beams, and original moldings.
• A bright kitchen with a spacious informal dining area and large windows that offer views of the back gardens.
• A spacious office bathed in natural light from two skylights.
• In the primary suite, there is a spa-inspired en suite bathroom that boasts luxurious fixtures and finishes, marble flooring, an oversized shower and spa tub.
Long after his death in Los Angeles in 1977, Marx’s iconic eyeglasses, nose, mustache and cigar continue to be a global phenomenon, with novelty and costume shops worldwide selling Groucho nose-glasses.Embed from Getty Images
Top photo: 21 Lincoln Road in Great Neck (Source: Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty).