For the majority of Americans, real estate was less than exciting in 2011. Case in point: the news today that November saw yet another month of decline in metro Atlanta housing prices. That didn’t keep us from dreaming, and those fantasies found an outlet in our weekly Over-the-Top-Property feature.
Here’s a look back at the most interesting posts from the past year. We can’t wait to cover a new slew of listing eye candy in 2012!
We started the year with an Atlanta icon, Inman Park’s Beath-Dickey House. The 1890s Queen Anne stunner holds the distinction of kicking off Inman Park’s renaissance, owing to its restoration all the way back in 1969. This is my version of heaven: a fall afternoon nap in a hammock set up in its lofty cupola.
Status: Taken off market
This hunting estate in Perry, Georgia proved to be our most expensive OTTP of the year with an asking price of $36,000,000. The tradeoff? 3,400 acres of prime bird and game hunting, not to mention irrigated row crops. I imagine it’s also a handy place to seal deals, what with the conference center and fine dining facilities.
Status: Active with an asking price of $36M
Rhododendron Hall was easily the most impressive OTTP in March. The jaw-dropping 1930s Tudor manse was a standout even among its equally luxe Tuxedo Park neighbors owing to its baronial styling and impeccable outdoor spaces.
Status: Active with an asking price of $14.9M
This West Buckhead estate was featured in honor of Tax Day; its 2010 tax bill was well over $100,000. But really, when you’re dropping eight figures on a home, what’s few more grand?
Status: Active with an asking price of $10.5M
North Georgia’s Lake Burton was the site of May’s most OTTP. This property’s location at the end of a peninsula deserved breathtaking architecture, and that’s what it got. The home was textbook New England Shingle Style given a fanciful twist with the inclusion of a three-story “lighthouse.”
Status: Active with an asking price of $9.75M
This OTTP was what I like to call a “spice” house, which is a home with contemporary styling inserted into a historic neighborhood of traditional architecture. Picture this: you’re driving down Montgomery Ferry Drive in staid Ansley Park and then BAM! you’re confronted with a home straight off the cover of Dwell. Consider me a fan.
Status: Active with an asking price of $1.595M
Check back for the next half of 2011’s most Over-the-Top Properties!