We were fascinated with one location in particular – an impressive waterfront mansion with an exceptional view of the Manhattan skyline. It featured prominently as home to the lead characters, Gilly (played by Darby Lloyd Rains) and Billy (played by Levi Richards).
The property is located in Kings Point, an area just 25 miles from New York City thought to be the basis of the town of West Egg in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. It is a stunning home, full of original detail, situated on several acres of woodland, with a large swimming pool and a guest house bigger than most people’s main home.
The only problem was that when we found it in 2010, it hadn’t been occupied in a number of years and had started to fall into a state of disrepair. When we inquired about it, we found that the property was on the market for $20,000,000 but there had been no viewers for years – perhaps deterred by the rumored $20,000 per month property taxes.
This summer we re-visited the property – and the other locations in the film – to see what state they are in today.
What we found was sadder than we expected.
(Please use the interactive slider below to see the locations in 1975 and in 2016).
Naked Came The Stranger filming locations:
King’s Point – Exterior of house
The house hasn’t been occupied in the intervening years – and shows considerable deterioration. Windows are broken, trees have fallen onto the structure, and birds are nesting in the rooms.
Many parts of the building aren’t viewable today due to overgrown trees and bushes.
This is the swimming pool just a few years ago in 2010…
The road to the house is now a dirt track with prominent signs warning that entry is strictly forbidden and that trespassers will be prosecuted.
King’s Point – Interior of house
Many of the original features from the film remain, such as the fireplaces.
The game of hopscotch takes place outside an apartment on East 74th Street which was the home of Ava Leighton, Radley Metzger’s business partner.
The garage visible in the bottom of the apartment featured in another Radley Metzger film; it had been the location for the notorious (and frequently censored) rape scene featuring Jamie Gillis in The Private Afternoons of Pamela Mann (1974).
Gilly spies on her husband
Gilly meets up with Marvin Goodman
Gilly meets Taylor in the park
Gilly meets up with Marvin at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
Gilly and Taylor at the ballroom
Sadly the ballroom in Brooklyn Heights is long gone, now replaced by an Eastern Athletic Club.
New York street scene
The renowned Don Q Pharmacy at the corner of 2nd Avenue and 71st Street is long gone.