Seven years ago, this particularly lavish Atlanta residence fetched the highest sales price ever in the desirable in-town Ansley Park neighborhood when it traded hands in a $5.4 million deal. Now it’s up for sale again, and this time the asking price is a speck under $8 million, which would mark another milestone in the area if it were to go for anywhere near that amount.
Though the listing brokerage declined to disclose the seller’s identity, property records show the current owner of the home is Scott Westervelt. Records also indicate that the local art collector and Presbyterian minister, whose longtime wife Josephine Robinson Westervelt passed away in June 2020, was also the mystery buyer who recently paid $7.2 million for Elton John’s condo in Buckhead’s 40-story Park Place high-rise residential tower.
Hidden away behind walls and a canopy of trees, on a double lot overlooking the 10-acre Winn Park, the Ansley Park estate up for sale is secluded amid nearly an acre of land dotted with sculpture. Built way back in 1910, transformed under the direction of local architect James Choate in 2004 and extensively renovated by Westervelt during his tenure, the multi-level structure has five bedrooms and six baths in a little more than 9,300 square feet of living space laced with hand-picked oak floors from France, cathedral ceilings, arched doorways, and naturally, more than enough wall space to accommodate a vast assemblage of art.
Standing out on the main level are formal living and dining rooms, and a fireside family room sporting a circular vaulted ceiling with dormer windows and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass. An adjacent kitchen is outfitted with granite countertops, a farmhouse sink, an eat-in island, top-tier stainless appliances and a breakfast nook embellished with an elegant matchstick chandelier.
Elsewhere is a sunroom warmed by a fireplace and bookshelf-lined library, as well as a sumptuous upstairs master retreat decked out with a fireplace, sitting area, access to a roof terrace overlooking the city, and a luxe bath equipped with dual vanities, a dressing area and large glass-encased shower; and a stone-clad lower level is spotlighted by a wine cellar, wet bar-equipped lounge area, gym, and per the listing, a giant aquarium that has a viewing window into the property’s pool.
Outdoors, the manicured grounds are truly a sight to behold with the aforementioned heated saltwater pool boasting underwater speakers and an accompanying spa, along with an extravagant sculpture garden holding the Jim Dine heart, among several other pieces, and numerous spots ideal for al fresco lounging and entertaining while overlooking the city skyline. There’s also a separate carriage house and detached two-car garage.
The listing is held by Betsy Akers of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International.
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Source: Luxury - robbreport.com