In this weekly feature on Clicks & Mortar, we bring you the most notable or interesting property we can find in the Atlanta metro area. This week’s featured over-the-top property is…
This light and airy Lake Lanier retreat is giving Big Poppa’s mansion competition for the title of most expensive listing in Atlanta. Poppa may have more bedrooms and bathrooms, but this $19.9M brick Georgian has land. Make that 20 acres with permits for 54 boat slips and 17 residential lots. Considering that Flowery Branch is the location of the Atlanta Falcons training camp, this could prove to be a profitable investment. In addition to the main house, the sale includes an apartment and a guest house, bringing the grand total to 6 bedrooms, 9 full baths, and 3.5 half baths. Oh, and 5 fireplaces.
The architecture of the house is subdued, but that doesn’t mean the interiors are equally spare. This becomes evident as soon as you walk through the double doored main entrance. The builders certainly weren’t stingy with the moldings. There’s a generous dose of them on the ceiling, the fireplace and doorway surrounds, and some nifty shelved niches. I particularly like how they paneled the arched passage; it creates a substantial impression. The entry hall is wide and floored in an intricately laid hardwood, and with doors on both ends I’m sure it catches some nice lake breezes. Thanks for the daydream, listing photographer!
There’s room for at least 12 guests in the chicly papered dining room which also features french doors. I’m sure they provide for some atmospheric meals when the weather’s right. It’s served by a kitchen that looks huge, owing not just to square footage but also the bank of windows, the lofty angled ceiling, and a lot of white paint. Also, it has one of those islands that really earns its name. The family room takes on a cozier tone than the rest of the house with a dark beamed ceiling and stone fireplace, while the study is straight up 18th century with a carved mantel and historic shade of blue-green paint. Perhaps they had some inspiration from Drayton Hall? Sleeping quarters continue the light and bright theme, and the bathrooms contain a smattering of marble and historically inspired fixtures.
The house takes full advantage of its lakeside setting, and it seems like the perfect place to practice the art of entertaining. A screened-in porch is nicely finished with a vaulted ceiling painted in classic haint blue. It doubles as a cooking and dining space with a built in range and plenty of room for seating. I’m picturing some serious parties at the backyard pool, with its flagstone paving and rustic cabana. Of course, the parties will carry on to the lake where your boats will be docked. And therein lies the problem with these kinds of houses: getting the guests to leave.