Listed for 7,990,000 by Sam Bayne—Ivy-covered terraces, courtyards and balanced wood furnishings characterize this English country estate nestled in our city of trees.
The beautiful foyer features quartersawn oak paneling.
The exterior of the home, driveway and front lawn
The authentic English country house style can be difficult to replicate, usually found in generational stylings where each era changes little by little to perfect the grand yet inherently comfortable setting of each library, foyer and garden. Set on 3 acres of manicured grounds, a six-bedroom, seven full- and two half-bathroom Paces Ferry estate has mastered that elegant yet approachable style flawlessly. Upon entering the home through an ivy-covered arched doorway, the open foyer with quartersawn oak paneling, marbled flooring and coffered ceilings sets the stage for what can be expected from the rest of the home—cottage charm, but on an estatelike scale. “Designed by William T. Baker and built by McGarrity-Garcia, it has been constructed from the finest materials,” says the property’s listing agent, Sam Bayne of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.
The property’s pool was completely rebuilt in 2014 and comes with a waterfall hot tub and motion/light features.
Right off the foyer to the left is a traditional library or office with more coffered ceilings, a built-in bookcase to house an extensive, well-traveled book collection, as well as custom soundproofing and a fireplace. Following in line with the English style is an elegant dining room with handpainted wall panels replicating 18th century wallpaper, and, as a modern twist, each panel houses a speaker—for entertaining, dining or what have you. The adjacent butler’s pantry will gracefully aid in your hosting, with Sub-Zero appliances, a Bosch dishwasher and warming oven, a wine cooler and a double sink. In the custom-designed kitchen, exposed wood beams are the star of the show, contrasting beautifully with the white Wood-Mode cabinets and Calacatta marble countertops. The adjoining breakfast room with bright shiplap opens up to an oversize vaulted, beamed family room. Perhaps the most stylistic aspect of the home comes in the form of a custom glass conservatory imported from England with French doors that open up to the formal gardens, which are beautiful with formal parterre hedges. Says Bayne, “The backyard landscaping was designed by John Howard, one of the preeminent landscape designers in the country.” He continues, “The formal parterre garden is meticulously maintained throughout the year and there are over 50 Japanese maple trees on the property.” The garden views are bountiful from almost all areas of the property and accompany a separate pool and patio area with an elegant and ample pool/summer house.
The kitchen features two separate islands with marble countertops and Bosch, Thermador and Sub-Zero appliances.
Back inside, the owner’s suite is highlighted by a limestone fireplace with a handcrafted mantel flanked by entertainment and storage and a private sunroom. On the lower level, expect the best in entertainment, from a billiard room with weathered beams from Pennsylvania to a built-in banquette bar to a temperature-controlled walk-in wine cellar. Rounding out the offerings are a movie theater, full home gym and sauna. “This is bar none one of the most amazing homes I have had the opportunity to sell in my career,” says Bayne. “The current owners have enjoyed entertaining family and friends throughout the years, and the future owners will continue to do the same—there is no shortage of entertaining to be had at this home!
Photography by: The VSI Group