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...
The world lies east: how ample, the marsh and the sea and the sky!
A league and a league of marsh-grass, waist-high, broad in the blade,
Green, and all of a height, and unflecked with a light or a shade,
Stretch leisurely off, in a pleasant plain,
To the terminal blue of the main.
-- Sidney Lanier, “Hymns of the Marshes”
Georgian poet Sidney Lanier hit the nail on the head with his lyrical depiction of the placid saltwater marshes of Sea Island and environs. Surely one of our great state’s most serene and peaceful places, Sea Island has long been a place of respite for established old-money families looking for a seaside retreat. With its recent showcase as the location of the 2004 G8 Summit, moneyed folk have been flocking to this exclusive island community like seagulls to fish guts. Although it’s seen its share of financial troubles over the past few years, Sea Island remains a posh enclave for the Who’s Who of Georgia, best suited for sublime summer escapes and weekend golf retreats.
This fabulous oceanfront custom-built neo-plantation style mansion looks right at home nestled among the palmetto palms and pine trees that fringe the shoreline. Listen to their gentle rustling as you enjoy your shrimp and grits in the dining room, its wall of french doors flung open to let in the fresh salt air. In fact, this is just the sort of place where you’d invite only the most genteel of company over for dinner, after which you’d graciously serve them mint juleps on your 2nd-story terrace as you all enjoyed some truly spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. You’d hear the pleasant cacophony of calls from the multitude of birds that inhabit the salt marsh just a stone’s throw down the road. The sun would set, the moon would rise, and all would be well with the world.
With seven bedrooms and seven baths (though the included floorplan shows only six of each), plus a couple of powder rooms and a spare shower, this home is well equipped to service scads of guests--perhaps a low-key family reunion. While clearly recently updated, the kitchen still manages to feel charmingly antiqued. And some clever soul even thought to put in a pool out back for use just in case the sea is too cold or choppy for swimming. The best thing about this listing might be the huge price reduction: The original list price of more than $13M makes the current $5.75M price tag look like a tremendous deal.
The wide ocean and waving seagrasses of this calm Sea Island retreat are calling your name. Here’s your chance to get a piece of the (subdued) action!