Today when one thinks Atlanta, Georgia, Peachtree Road and the business and residential district of Buckhead, one thinks wealth and mansions. Years ago it was Scarlett O’Hara, Tara, hoop skirts, lace and unending flirtations. We were still fantasizing about Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. Even though progress has evolved in Atlanta as it has in other cities, a similar Old South ambiance remains. Most of the plantations disappeared over time and now new mansions, even larger ones, have taken their place and hoop skirts have been replaced with denim. But the spirit of the city’s history and some of the magnificent mansions are still there.
Originally named Irbyville after the landowner, the name Buckhead is said to have come from Henry Irby who purchased the land in 1838. He killed a large buck and mounted its head in a visible location for all to see. Now with its own impressive skyline of high-rise office buildings with shopping, restaurants and art and entertainment venues, the outlying land is dotted with stunning and significant mansions.
One of the the more historic estates for sale is White Oaks, built in 1926, that has taken ten years to restore by its current owner who has brought it back to its full glory. Massive in size, the estate is guard gated with large wooded grounds and restored formal gardens. The refurbishment included luxurious updates such as the wine cave of wood and stone that has its own fireplace and is large enough to entertain guests. The aura of Southern graciousness prevails from the entrance foyer to the formal rooms and into the family areas. The large eat-in chef’s kitchen for the family has all the latest materials, appliances, convenience and comfort while the large professional catering kitchen has the capacity to cater any size event. There are six bedrooms, nine baths, a fireplace in the master suite bath and many fireplaces throughout which were the main source of heat when the house was constructed and are now restored. An elevator gives easy access to upper floors and a cheerful sunroom overlooks lush gardens. Ceilings are eleven feet and some with skylights. Grounds include a heated swimming pool and spa and a four-car attached garage.
White Oaks, one of Atlanta’s premier estate homes is priced at $13.25 million.
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