In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in our service area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is 720 Heards Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30328: $6,900,000
This exuberant 2003 Sandy Springs estate (whose 1.87 acre spread is described as “vast”) reads like a textbook study in Atlanta area over-the-top construction typical of the Naughties. It’s got all the hallmarks of attention-seeking homebuilding, and then some. Let’s take a look at what will 100 years from now be know as the “Millennium Mansion.”
First, you’ve got the street presence, whereby subtle becomes a dirty word. It’s especially eye grabbing when you consider what’s across the street: a 1960s Colonial that seems in comparison not worthy of such glamorous neighbors. A low stucco wall runs along Heards Ferry, and entrance is gained through a pair of frilly iron gates. The icing on the cake is the collection of fledgling palm tress lined along the perimeter of the wall. Sure they afford a little California cool, but they seem like fish out of water here in North Georgia. Behind all this rises the grand manor house, a pastel concoction of vaguely European detailing topped with a grand tiled roof.
Let’s see: auto court with stone paving accents? Check. Six car garage? Check. Double height portico supported by Corinthian columns? Check. So far, so good. But does the interior live up to the hype? The visitor is first awed by the double staircase loaded with more ornate wrought iron that springs from the marble floors. The rotunda is the first hint at the massive ceiling allowance that must have gone into the construction budget. In the massive kitchen, the ceiling takes on an almost geological quality, which is heightened by the unique faux finish treatment. True to the style, just about every room pictured has a monumental quality and is finished in the most splendiferous fashion. In fact, that’s just about the only word that could do the whole thing justice. The backyard typifies the “Cribs” era with its gargantuan pool, intimidating view of the home, and a few palm trees thrown in for good measure. It’s not like this kind of home isn’t still being built by the lucky few, but in 2003, it seemed like the party was just getting started.