Gainesville, Ga. Estate Sale

No, this isn’t Grandma’s tea cozy; it’s the rare chance to own one of the finest homes currently on the Lake Lanier market.

Photo by: Holly Aguirre The home, which features a copper roof, was designed by architect Garland Smith, who also designed the Chateau Elan Winery and Conference Center in Braselton, Ga.

When shopping for a home or listing one for sale, your agent is inevitably going to advise you to “look at the comps.” And an Internet search of a home may give you an estimate based on these comps, purchase prices and taxes. So what happens when a custom home that has no comps hits the market? It might fly below the radar for a long time until it is discovered, especially if it is a part of a family estate and none of the parties are especially eager to get rid of it.

We found such an estate, a lakefront luxury home located on Georgia’s Lake Lanier. The 8,000-square-foot home was modeled after Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and was built for a prominent Gainesville businessman and his wife for hosting their grown children and grandchildren. Built in 1988, architect Garland Reynolds consequently designed the copper-roofed home with entertaining in mind, adhering to the couple’s strict specifications that only the finest materials available be used. 

Reynolds’ firm also built the Chateau Elan Winery and Conference Center in Braselton, the Savannah Hyatt Regency Hotel and the home of former Georgia Governor Lamartine Hardman in Commerce, Ga.

Photo by: Holly Aguirre The ceiling in the grand entrance features custom LED lighting. 

The sprawling home has four large bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. The master suite is located down a long hallway on one end of the house with two other guest suites situated on the complete opposite end of the home. These suites boast their own baths, walk-in closets and a separate entrance that leads to the pool and gardens. They are also situated near the kitchen and suitable to be used as an au pair suite. 

The entryway is outfitted with gorgeous marble floors, a lighted tray ceiling and custom arches. To the left is a formal living room with fireplace; to the right is a formal dining area suitable for 20 guests or more. Off the dining room is a large wet bar and a service pantry that features its own dishwasher, icemaker, wine storage and lockable liquor cabinets. That opens up to a great room/kitchen that has a 12-seater breakfast room. The all-white kitchen features Corian countertops, a double oven and custom cabinets. Opposite the kitchen is another area for entertaining. Then there’s a wood-paneled custom library/great room that has another fireplace and French doors that lead to a fabulously Southern screened-in patio. 

The patio area is truly an entertainer’s dream. The screened patio features slate tile flooring and just outside is another large patio with steps down to the heated swimming pool. The ultra-private grounds have been meticulously landscaped and feature majestic magnolias, fig trees and many other evergreens. Situated on seven acres, the adjacent 22 acres are also for sale and part of the estate. All have boat docks and water access. 

Photo by: Holly Aguirre Just down the hill from the heated pool awaits the splendor of Lake Lanier. 

There’s also a basement, a partially finished attic, a parking pad for numerous guests, a gate and historical hitching points at the home’s entrance. We also love the old millstone that was incorporated into the driveway. (See gallery.) 

The home is located at 3800 Hardy Road, in Gainesville, Ga. Gainesville is located in North Georgia and was named one of the five most affordable places to retire by the AARP.  It's only an hour north of Atlanta, but retains a small-town charm with a classic town square filled with locally run shops and restaurants both traditional and eclectic. The city winds through Lake Lanier, the largest lake in Georgia, which hosted the rowing events for the 1996 Olympic Games and entertains 7.5 million visitors per year. 

Listed at $1.9 million we think the opportunity to own this home is a deal of a lifetime. See the full listing details at Keller Williams

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