Modern Mountain Retreat for Sale

Nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia is an award-winning architectural marvel.

Photo by: Timothy Hursley The bedroom's glass walls open up for outdoor showering under the moonlight or spring cleaning. 

About 100 miles north of Atlanta, high in the Georgia Mountains amongst the stately live oaks, there is a secluded retreat waiting for the right family to call it home. Designed by the husband-and-wife team of Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam, the Rabun Gap estate sits on a private 21-acre lot with a pond and features three different modern/minimalist structures: a main house, a casita and a guesthouse. Asking price is upward of $1.7 million.

Constructed of hardwoods, steel, glass, stone and stucco, the house and its cantilevered roofs are truly something to behold. Even though sharp angles and horizontal lines cut through the subtle and meandering mountain forms, the home exists as if no tree was touched, almost as if it was dropped from the sky. Overlooking the pasture of the Hambidge Center, it is also the recipient of numerous architectural and design awards, including the Georgia AIA Design Award of Excellence in 2007 and the Architectural Houses Award in 1997.

The 2,400-square-foot main house is made up of a series of expansive open spaces separated by floating walls; only the master bedroom and bath have a door. The entrance courtyard is paved with river rock pulled from a nearby streambed. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling windows are trimmed in redwood, the doors are mahogany and the wood flooring is Australian Sydney Blue gum timber. In the common area, there’s a unique glass fireplace with access to the galley kitchen. There’s a separate pantry, laundry area and guest powder room.

The secluded master suite is especially romantic; we like how the glass doors open up to a private deck that can be used as an outdoor shower under the stars. A nice design element is the black slate flooring, which covers the deck and continues seamlessly into the bedroom.

The detached guesthouse has its own large redwood deck, mini kitchen and living room. It is concealed from the main house by lush hydrangeas. The structure, sometimes referred to as the treehouse, won the AIA International Honor Award in 2007.

Within spitting distance of the home is Tallulah Gorgeone of the most breathtaking canyons in the eastern United States. Nicknamed “Niagara Falls of the South,” the canyon is two miles long and nearly 1,000 feet deep. There are also plenty of outdoor activities like trout fishing, hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and golfing. Indoor activities include antique shopping and wine tasting at local wineries Tiger Mountain Vineyards and Hightower Creek VineyardsThere are two reputable boarding schools in the area, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee Boarding School and Tallulah Falls Boarding School. All that beauty could inspire greatness.

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