Own the House That Jack Hanna (Sort of) Built

Built in the likeness of wild life guru Jack Hanna's Montana ranch is the Georgia mountain home of his sister, which is currently offered at $1.3 million.

Photo courtesy Harry Norman, Realtors Jack Hanna's sister liked his home so much that she had her Georgia retreat built in its likeness. The estate is currently listed just under $1.3 million. 

If you stick to the blue highways and drive about an hour north of Atlanta you will encounter some of the most beautiful scenery in the state including a tiny town called  Talking Rock. Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains the sleepy town has a population of roughly 68, making it one of the smallest communities in Georgia. 

Well before the town was officially incorporated in 1883, Talking Rock was mostly inhabited with Cherokee Indians who were dispossessed of their land after Congress signed the Indian Removal Act in 1830. And even though the Supreme Court deemed the Act unconstitutional, President Andrew Jackson refused to acknowledge the decision and the forced removal of the sovereign nation was enacted. According to history, half of the Cherokee nation resisted while the other half accepted a treaty. In 1838 residents were relocated to land located in Oklahoma; the mass evacuation became known as Trail of Tears and began in Talking Rock. 

Not that we’re trying to bring the room down or anything… 

Serviced by the railroad, Talking Rock was once part of the booming cotton and marble business. Today, there are only three businesses listed on the town’s web site, and in addition to a heritage festival held every October, there is also a town garage sale – as in everyone in town participates. Residents enjoy a quiet and secluded lifestyle and the splendor of mountain ranges, creeks and fresh air. Critters, such as deer, bears and foxes roam freely and coexist in harmony with the few residents of the town. 

We have no doubt that the critter factor came into play when “Jungle” Jack Hanna’s sister had her home built in Talking Rock. The 5,300-sqaure foot estate sits on 33 secluded acres and is a replica of her famous brother’s Montana ranch. The Hannas also grew up just north of the area in Knoxville.

The rustic five-bedroom, four-bath home features two stacked stone fireplaces, an enormous great room, a formal dining room and a full custom standalone bar. One thing you’re sure to notice are the thick 18’ exposed Tennessee logs used as vertical support columns as well as overhead beams. While your eye is up there, check out the unique antler chandelier and custom ceiling fans. 

The massive porch, which boasts another fireplace, is great a place to sit and listen for bobwhites, whippoorwills and a nightly chorus of frogs. The master suite has his and her closets and an en suite bath complete with an oval-shaped soaker tub and a private Jacuzzi. The home’s views of the surrounding meadow, two-stall horse barn and Georgia pines are simply spectacular. So, if this sounds like your kind of town, the property is currently listed at just under $1.3 million. 

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