Debra Johnston Picks The Most Opulent Residences In Atlanta

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With a vibrant luxury real estate market, Atlanta boasts architectural and geographic diversity that few metropolises can claim. The upscale downtown apartments morph into sprawling homes in the high-end neighborhoods near the Governor's mansion and the enviable shopping district in Buckhead. The city has a distinct urban character that slowly comes to encompass manor-style openness and grandeur. It is best showcased along several coveted roads that have become synonymous with Atlanta’s finest properties.

Haute Residence took a tour with Debra Johnston, luxury real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway HS GA Properties, along the famed Blackland Road, Garraux Road and Cates Ridge Road to highlight some the best estates on each.  Newly listed, these three premiere properties, are state-of-the-art and ready for the uber-luxury buyer.

The Finest of Custom Design

Few and far between are the homes that exhibit a true, painstaking attention to detail. 421 Blackland Road is one of them. Resting on nearly 1.5 acres in the heart of Tuxedo Park, the residence combines the vision of a team of talented craftsmen. Sprawling beyond a light-filled, two-story foyer, the spaces are open, exuding a sense of grandness and intimacy at once. The floor-to-ceiling windows, the floors that transitions from honed granite to wide plank walnut and the spiraling staircase provide an unassuming setting for a slew of statement pieces. Timeless artworks vie for attention with selected designer lighting fixtures by Donghia in the living room and by Holly Hunt in the foyer. The $9,500,000 energy-efficient geothermal home comes with an incredible 34-foot infinite edge pool and spa, an outdoor Viking kitchen, manicured lawns and a McIntosh screening room that invite both private gatherings and lively soirees. And for those who opt to stay the night after the party is over, the guest wing with a separate entrance rivals the best hotels.

The Best of The Newest in Luxury

Completed in December 2017, 1800 Garraux Road is, hands down, the best new-construction on the west side of Buckhead. It sits on a little over 2 acres of lush vegetation. Created by Architects Harrison Design, the stone-and-slate exterior evokes the grandeur of a European countryside manor, while the open interior feels transitional with 12-foot ceilings and southern exposures. The $5,300,000 home unfolds around a sculptural central staircase that swirls up toward a domed ceiling with an oculus. The wall-to-wall glass in the family room captures the gorgeous view of the 2-acre flat property and opens to the loggia, outdoor living areas and the pool. Among the amenities that this 6-bedroom, 7.5-bathroom energy-efficient smart home offers are an elevator, a 4-car garage and several sprawling outdoor patios.

Atlanta Rarest

Sitting on over 8.2 acres of professionally manicured grounds, 40 Cates Ridge Road is a rare Atlanta gem. Tucked away privately at the end of a gated street, this spectacular yet very private residence abuts protected state land. But even its own outdoors are mesmerizing. Walking paths, golf cart paths wind around the gardens on the property and the lake and provide a zen-like experience for the homeowner. From a stocked lake with a guest cottage and waterfalls and a gazebo to koi ponds to tennis and basketball courts, the $8,500,000 home offers an active lifestyle in a highly desirable location in Atlanta. This recently overhauled residence has an open and light-filled floor plan that captures incredible views from mostly every room. Interior finishes by principal design team Stewart Mohr completed the renovation. The smart-home residence has Control4 technology, full security and a whole house generator. The back gate to the property has a caretakers home and office. The outdoors come with a new pool, spa and outdoor entertaining pavilion with a fire pit. The gym and spa with sauna, entertaining spaces, theater, billiards and game room all create an incredible lifestyle that the property offers, where the city meets the countryside with exhilarating splendor.

For more information about the properties, contact Debra Johnston at 404-312-1959 or

Debra Johnston is the exclusive agent representing the Atlanta, Georgia real estate market as a member of the Haute Residence Real Estate Network. View her profile or contact her here.

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