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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Atlanta's highest-priced and most garish home sold for $13.9 million

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Welcome to 2005, suckas! Dean Gardens, a Johns Creek mega-estate that boasts an 18-hole golf course, 3-acre stocked lake and an amphitheater, has sold for the low, low price of $13.9 million.

From the Atlanta Business Chronicle:

The 32,000-square-foot Neo-Classical mansion was built in 1992. The 58-acre estate, with 1,200 feet of Chattahoochee River frontage, is in the Johns Creek area of North Atlanta. The grounds include an 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, grass tennis court, croquet lawn, amphitheatre, 3-acre stocked lake and formal gardens in French, Italian and Oriental styles

“This sale represents the highest purchase price for any residence in the Atlanta area since the sale of the Dobson estate, ‘Descante’ on Tuxedo Road, also completed by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty,” said company co-founder Jenny Pruitt.

According to Luxist, the estate, which has been listed for as high as $40 million, was built by software entrepreneur Larry Dean. At one point, property owners reportedly considered turning the area into a subdivision. One commenter says Michael Jackson was rumored to be purchasing the property. Another person recommended razing the entire structure and planting peanuts.

We wanted a better idea of just what metro Atlanta's highest-priced home has to offer and found it in this slideshow. Or this one. (Here's a link to a virtual tour, which should load on your computer.)

According to the 2006 website:


"Several hundred construction workers, master woodworkers, artisans, landscape professionals and supervisors all worked together transforming 60 acres of raw, rolling pastureland on the Chattahoochee River into what may well be America's most elegant estate."

Let's look at what they built, eh?

The master suite is 3,000 square feet, appears to have been designed by Dolph Lundgren's ex wife, and includes a shower "shaped like a chambered nautilus."

The Malachite Bath (?) includes a "sink of 24 carat gold."

There's a game room and a Morocaan media room with columns inspired by the Fox Theatre.

Ahh, and an Egyptian Suite! "The bathroom was designed as an Egyptian tomb…complete with Hieroglyphics, papyrus leaves, ankhs and a floor of Solnhofen stone, a German limestone which has fossilized lichens embedded in it. The effect is dramatically tomblike." Splendid.

Here's the Oriental suite, which unfortunately was shown absolutely no love.

The nursery is filled with nightmares.

There's even a golf course scorecard.

Dean Gardens: Where the water bill is probably more money than I make in a single year. May you serve as a museum to remind us all of what metro Atlanta one was — and will most likely never be again.

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