Georgia Historic Home on MLS for First Time
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Newnan's Cole-Nixon house reflects the town's successful industrial past.
Newnan, a sleepy little town roughly 35 miles south of Atlanta, is about to get a jolting wake-up call. Not only is the spot chock full of historic architectural treasures dating back to the Civil War, but it is also garnering the attention from a lot of Hollywood types. For example, The Walking Dead used the town in October as a filming location and many will recognize the house used in Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The town of 33,000 also borders Fayette County where U.K.-based Pinewood Studios recently broke ground on a new facility that will add over 3,400 jobs to the area.
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Newnan has six historic districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places and many lovely properties for sale. One in particular caught our eye and it has never been listed on the MLS before – the historic Cole-Nixon home. The unique house is located downtown on the highest point in the Cole Town National Register Historic District and is a relic of the town’s industrial past. Originally built in 1914 for Edwin Marcus Cole and Mattie Tate Cole, the structure incorporates elements reminiscent of both owners’ roots: the intricate millwork of R.D. Cole Company, Mr. Cole’s family business, and marble transported to Newnan from the Georgia Marble Company in Tate.
The home’s architecture incorporates many different styles, a fact that is immediately noticeable from the exterior alone with its marble columns flanking the leaded glass front door. Once inside you’re swept away by a grand foyer flanked by twin parlors with fireplaces and pocket doors. There’s also a banquet-sized dining room and a library with an adjoining bath. It has six fireplaces and immaculate hardwood floors and almost all the original brass lighting fixtures.
The painstakingly renovated kitchen and breakfast room boast modern amenities but manage to reflect the home’s historical significance. We especially like the pie case over the radiator and the expansive wraparound porches highlighted by a rotunda. A magnificent stairway leads to the second level where there are four huge bedrooms, four bathrooms and an office. The original sleeping porches were enclosed to create a large walk-in-closet in the owner’s suite and laundry.
Dominating the city block, the Cole-Nixon estate also includes a carriage house that was converted to a two-car garage and workshop. The two-room frame house makes for a perfect artist’s studio or home office. Circa 1830, it is believed to be the oldest home in Newnan still in its original location. A secret garden with koi pond and waterfall shaded by hardwood trees and protected by stone walls add to the serene ambiance of the grounds. It is bursting with curly willows, hydrangeas, quince, ferns and even a banana tree.