Marietta Manse Made in UGA President's Home's Likeness

A replica of the University of Georgia president's home is the ultimate game-day souvenir and now it can be yours.

Photo by: Rod Collins The front staircase at the Marietta home is much more ornate than the original university president's home in Athens, Ga. 

In John Berendt’s runaway bestseller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, his newly acquired Southern friends invite him to a University of Georgia football game. The New Yorker is shocked and amazed by a phenomenon called tailgating and fascinated by the red and black fashions. What? The team’s mascot has an air-conditioned doghouse? The man would surely faint if he saw the house at 801 Kellerman Kreek in Marietta.

Located about 80 miles west of its Athens cousin is an abode designed in the image of the University of Georgia's president’s home. Of course, many differences are immediately noticeable: The UGA home’s columns are much more ornate, but the Marietta structure boasts a double-sided staircase on its frontage and a large circular driveway. Built in 1985 and designed by James Strickland of Historical Concepts, the 7,800-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion carries a sticker price of $1.7 million though it recently appraised for $2.1 million.

Inside, the interior is immaculate. It has eight bedrooms, 5.5 baths, an in-law suite with its own entrance, a formal parlor and dining room with seating for 12, and a library. The kitchen was recently updated and features exposed brick and many custom features such as solid cabinetry and wrought-iron light fixtures. Upstairs, just down a sweeping hallway, is the large master bedroom. French doors lead to a private porch overlooking the garden.

Back downstairs there are two porches, one for sipping iced tea (the outdoor one) and one for Mint Juleps (the screened-in one); both provide access to the professionally landscaped gardens. We think Berendt might like the Southern Gothic angel statue, but we know he’d have something to say about the miniature set of arches. The university’s legendary arches, visible from downtown Athens on North Campus, are arguably the school’s most recognizable icon and carry many secrets we’d like to hear. The ones at Kellerman Kreek could probably tell us who had the best cannonball at the last family barbecue, both the stuff of legends and more fodder for folks like Berendt.

For more information about this listing, see Beacham & Company Realtors

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