The Pink Castle of Buckhead
ATLANTA (WXIA) - Two-point-nine million dollars can buy you a state of the art Buckhead mansion with the latest appliances, a pool and theatre - or you can buy a 16th Century Italian villa estate created by four of Atlanta's top architects of the roaring 20s.
Tucked in the trees of Buckhead is a nearly 7,700 square foot pink mansion with a rich history.
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Completed in 1923 for the Calhoun family, the house was inspired by a villa in Verona, Italy. Blayne Beacham of Beacham & Company, Realtors, says the mansion was designed to look 300 years old when it was built 90 years ago.
"It was a wash that faded over time," Beacham said.
Known as the Pink Castle of Buckhead, author Anne Siddons dubbed the estate with that name in her book Peachtree Road.
It isn't on Peachtree, but on Pinestream Road in Buckhead.
"For me, the most fascinating thing is that it used to be 100 acres," Beacham said.
Today, the home sits on one and a half acres, surrounded by an established neighborhood.
The original Baroque piers at West Paces Ferry and Pinestream mark what was once the estate's long and winding driveway.
"There are no other homes like this in the city, but especially not on the market today," said Beacham.
In the home's grand foyer, Allyn Cox's mural. Cox's work also adorns the US Capitol rotunda.
The library has an elaborate wood inlaid ceiling and one of several fireplaces.
For entertaining, there's a pale pink dining room and ballroom waiting for a couple to dance under the chandeliers. Off of the ballroom is a bright sunroom.
Tea could be served on the porch or in the bright pink breakfast room - close to the kitchen, which doesn't offer state of the art appliances, but certainly captures the era.
There are also five bedrooms and two staircases.
The home was originally on the market for $3.5 million, but the price has dropped to $2.9 million.
"We are just praying there will be a buyer who will buy it and lovingly restore it," said Beacham.