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It played the fictional digs of a major Old Hollywood icon.

By Marisa Spyker

There are a more than a few qualities of this Water Island, New York, cottage that give it serious star power, starting with its idyllic location on a sliver of land with 360-degree water views.

We can only imagine that’s just what attracted Hollywood film crews to this exact house more than 30 years ago, and why the prime property portrayed the fictional home of none other than legendary starlet Greta Garbo.

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The shingled escape made its movie debut in the 1984 film Garbo Talks, which follows one man’s quest to fulfill his dying mother’s wish of meeting the great Old Hollywood actress Greta Garbo. The film takes place between Manhattan and Fire Island, where the famously reclusive Garbo (played by Betty Comden) owns a secluded retreat. While Garbo Talks was decidedly one of director Sidney Lumet’s more obscure films, it did win actress Anne Bancroft (who plays the mother) a Golden Globe nomination.

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It also introduced us to this rustic beauty, now seriously winning our real estate hearts. The four-bedroom retreat is set on a 10,000-square-foot lot and surrounded by National Seashore, making it feel impossibly peaceful and remote.

Inside, the home is clad in natural wood, with beamed ceilings and large windows that flood light into the cozy spaces. Spacious decks wrap the entire house, while a private boardwalk leads down onto the pristine white-sand beach.

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The cottage, which is listed through Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $2,385,000, also boasts a high elevation, providing unobstructed views of both the bay and the ocean, as well as those pristine Fire Island sunsets. With views like that, we certainly would never want to leave, and we understand why Greta Garbo wouldn’t want to, either.

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