Perfectly sized for Ralph Lauren’s collection of 70 exceptional cars, currently valued over $300 million, or to accommodate the spillover of Jay Leno’s or Jerry Seinfeld’s huge collections, this glamorous gated estate outside of Atlanta fills the bill in every direction. Pasture land, water, mild climate, woodlands, ultimate privacy, a spectacular mansion and a collector’s car palace that would bring tears to any collecting enthusiast, this dream estate is now for sale, priced at $16.5 million with 446 acres, or at $9.9 million with 136 acres.
The 12,000-square-foot stone main house and professionally landscaped grounds are surrounded by a gently flowing winding river with picturesque waterfalls that also feeds a pond in the middle of the circular drive. Access is over a covered bridge adding even more charm. The long winding drive from the entrance and all farm roads are paved, eliminating the usual road maintenance upkeep requiring machinery and gravel additions common to most large rural properties. With an interior just as dramatic and welcoming as the setting, the two-story vaulted entrance, with its curving staircase and bespoke chandelier open into a large two-story great room with stone fireplace reaching the ceiling. With stone, glass, wide plank floors and high reclaimed wood beams, the theme is a perfectly balanced combination of grandeur and rusticity. There is also a large formal dining room, a family room, game room with wet bar, chef’s kitchen with two islands and butler’s pantry. The main-level master suite with living area and double-sided fireplace is included in the home’s five bedrooms and five baths. Wide porches that wind around the back of the house offer views over the river and waterfalls and are a perfect venue for outdoor entertaining, as is the lower ground-level terrace.
Grounds include three caretaker homes, large lake, pastures with equestrian fencing, and most spectacular of all is the one-of-a-kind showroom ranked one of the world’s best classic-car garages. At 40,000 square feet, it has spacious parking for over 70 cars with a dealership theme. There is also a realistic mock-up gas station and shop fronts, a 1900’s-style saloon, a ticket booth and a massive high-end movie theater. On a second level overlooking the cars is a large entertainment area. For those who love horses more than cars, the showroom was originally an equestrian center and could be converted back.
An estate north of Atlanta that contains one of world’s largest collection of classic cars is for sale. The listing agent is Debra Johnston of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties in Atlanta.
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