Gatsby's mansion is located in West Egg, on Long Island Sound in New York, within commuting distance from New York City. West Egg is actually a peninsula, and is largely considered "less fashionable" than East Egg, located across a small bay (the two peninsulas are named for their shape.) Gatsby's mansion, described by Nick as a "factual imitation of some Hotel de Ville in Normandy," sits on about forty acres of land at the very tip of the peninsula, overlooking the bay. The home is described as massive, ornate, and a bit gaudy, especially compared to Nick's small home next door. In any case, the neighborhood, both West and East Egg, is "one of the strangest communities in North America," according to Nick.