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Home Site: 2.4 acres in Sandy Springs, Georgia

Living Space: 11,000 sq. ft. including 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, 2 half baths, 5 massive fireplaces, and 1,500 sq. ft. of limestone porches on which to relax.

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Architecture: Harrison Design Associates

Builder: M. Deane Johnson Homes
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Interior/Exterior Design: Kimberly Fullerton

Drawing inspiration from the past, M. Deane Johnson Homes blends the best of today's innovative style and up-to-date technology with the essence of all that is time-honored and esteemed.

The classic architecture of Atlanta's post-Civil War era homes is alive and well today, thanks to those like M. Deane Johnson, who have made it their mission to preserve the legacy of these majestic Southern estates. True to the influence of early 20th century architects, Johnson has committed himself to not only building new homes that carry on classic architectural tradition, but restoring and renovating some of the Atlanta area's finest older homes to their original glory.

Style, Simplicity, and Quality Throughout

Johnson's personal home, built just 2 years ago, is a glimpse into this past. The home's Louisiana French Federal design is a result of months of historical research into the Period and painstaking attention to authenticity throughout. Johnson says, "Growing up amidst generations of realtors, homebuilders, and architects in my family provided me with an appreciation of Atlanta's older residences. When I built my own home, I wanted it to emulate the designs that I had studied."

Simple, stylish, elegant, and functional, the kitchen features off-white décor, marble countertops, a walk-in pantry, 2 dishwashers, and spacious, functional work areas. Outfit your gourmet kitchen with our wide selection of cookware, appliances, and serving necessities.

The home's grandeur begins far from the front door at the massive iron gates. The long vista approaching the home gives a historical perspective, and the gates and entry wall are reminiscent of those found on an old Southern Georgia home that Johnson's great uncle researched for an architectural project at Georgia Tech School of Architecture. The seemingly never-ending driveway was carefully laid with authentic cobblestones reclaimed from the old streets of Underground Atlanta.

Research revealed the site to be the Riverbend Mansion, a 19th-century estate once home to Wisconsin governor Walter J. Kohler and a mansion listed as one of the 100 greatest in America. The couple immediately planned a trip to Wisconsin-not to join the country club, but to be inspired first-hand by the home in the postcard.

The informal dining area and "keeping room" adjoin the kitchen for an airy, open floor plan the whole family can enjoy. Upgrade your own living areas with our high-end bar stools, rugs, and interior furnishings.

Commanding your attention at the end of the drive are the hand-selected aged Georgia granite exterior accents, the Spanish slate roof with copper flashings, and solid mahogany exterior doors. All the exterior shutters have been approved by the Charleston Historical Society and the entire exterior is a lightning-proof design modeled after a European copper perimeter system.

Breezy southern evenings can be enjoyed from any of the 1,500 sq. ft. of limestone porches, front and rear.

Undeniably the most striking feature as you enter the home is the replica of the Thomas Jefferson Arch that embellishes the spacious foyer and frames the period staircase. True to Jeffersonian style, this archway duplicates the one leading into the Library at Monticello.

The main level finds the library with its hand-planed cypress walls and authentic carved French limestone fireplace mantel. Family activities have their own venues, including a sitting room, family room, play room, media room, exercise room, and art room that could also serve as a wine cellar.

The kitchen is truly a chef's dream, done in a rich, creamy off-white from end to end, and showcasing marble countertops, spacious walk-in pantry, Butler's pantry, 2 dishwashers, built-in refrigerator and separate built-in freezer. The open floor plan of this area leads into a spacious informal dining space, and further opens to a "keeping room" with 2 computer nooks.

The gorgeous period staircase leads to 4 of the 6 bedrooms in the home, for those who prefer not to climb the stairs, an elevator will take them to the 2nd floor.

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