In Georgia, a ‘True Southern Masterpiece’ Is Aiming for a Record Price

Around nine years after it first hit the market with an impressive $48 million price tag, a sprawling estate in a prime Atlanta neighborhood has popped up for sale again. But you’ll still need a considerable sum of money to pick up the keys to the lavish English Tudor-style mansion, which is now listed for a speck under $47 million.

Should the place go for anywhere near that amount, it would set a record for the most expensive residential real estate transaction ever recorded in the Atlanta metro area—eclipsing the $18.1 million paid for a home in Buckhead’s Tuxedo Park neighborhood in 2021.

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Tucked away behind gates and high hedges—in the affluent suburb of Sandy Springs, just outside of Buckhead and minutes from downtown Atlanta—the nearly 19-acre property was purchased by local businessman J.K. MacDonald for a then-record $3.7 million in 1987. The founder of Media Marketing Services, a travel-incentives company, subsequently undertook an extensive renovation and expansion of the premises in the mid-1990s.

Known as “Chestnut Hall,” the limestone and brick structure features seven bedrooms and 11 baths in almost 18,000 square feet of opulent living space decked out with a wealth of pricy antiques and artwork that are included in the fully furnished sale. There’s also a one-bedroom pool house with its own living room and kitchenette, as well as a separate guesthouse that sleeps four and three-car garage accessible via a grand porte-cochère.

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The entrance gallery is topped by a French gilt bronze chandelier dangling from a carved plaster ceiling.

A pair of 19th-century Parisian wrought-iron doors open to a soaring entrance gallery displaying Versailles pattern parquet floors, a French gilt bronze chandelier and carved plaster ceiling modeled after the “New Wing” of Rome’s Vatican Museums. From there, a fireside living room connects to an octagon-shaped solarium that spills out via mahogany French doors to a Jerusalem limestone terrace overlooking the grounds.

Other highlights include a formal dining room boasting velvet upholstered walls, a Thermador wine locker, wet bar and Chippendale-style breakfront stocked with heirloom china, and gourmet kitchen outfitted with granite countertops, dual islands, top-tier appliances and an accompanying breakfast nook. There’s also a 2,400-square-foot master retreat that comes complete with an indulgent bath flaunting an onyx vessel tub with an 18-karat gold-plated faucet and a two-level closet with room for more than 200 pairs of shoes.

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The manicured grounds are embellished by an array of antique statuary.

Elsewhere is a library sporting custom bookshelves and a Baccarat crystal basket light fixture, plus a den holding a private office nook, fitness center, wet bar-equipped garden room and climate-controlled wine cellar that can accommodate up to 1,000 bottles; and outdoors, the manicured grounds are laced with Chestnut oak trees, gardens and French antique statuary, and host a basketball court and baseball setup, along with a saltwater keyhole-shaped swimming pool.

An added bonus, per the listing held by Debbie Leonard Mayer and Eric Peterson of Keller Williams Realty, is one full year of estate-management services.

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