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New Owner of Tyler Perry Estate Revealed
Posted by thunsicker in Buckhead, Famous People in Atlanta, Under Contract and Sold Homes on July 12, 2016
The identity of the out-of-state mystery buyer for Tyler Perry’s Buckhead estate has been revealed: Evangelist David Turner’s purchase of the 17 acre estate made history as the most expensive real estate transaction in Atlanta history at $17.5 million in May 2016. According to the Buckhead Patch , Turner, a former businessman made his fortune in the specialty food business before becoming an evangelist and starting David Turner International Ministries. He purchased the Tyler Perry estate after feeling that “God told him to come here and buy the house” according to Buckhead.com.
An evangelist purchasing an expensive home isn’t new news around the South. Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria purchased a $10.5M home in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston Texas in 2010 according to Houston.CultureMap.com.
Atlanta.Curbed.comAtlanta.Curbed.com reports that Atlanta pastor Creflo Dollar lives on a sprawling 183 acre estate in Fayette County Georgia. The home was originally built in 1996 but has been renovated and expanded in recent years to include multiple wings and over 17,000 square feet. Dollar is also said to own an apartment in NYC valued at $2.4 million dollars.
On a slightly less grand scale is Charlotte, NC pastor Steven Furtick who built a 16,000 square foot gated estate in Waxhaw, NC. One of the largest homes in the metro area with 5 bedrooms and 7.5 bathrooms, it has a tax value of $1.6 million and sits on 19 wooded acres. The 33 year old pastor lives in the home that he has described as “a gift from God” with his wife Holly.
In Dallas, Bishop T.D. Jakes lives in a 15,000 square foot home in Ft Worth Texas, purchased in 2004 for $5.575 million. The property features a private lake, swimming pool and tennis court. Founder of The Potter’s House Ministry, Jakes is an author has also been involved in the Christian film industry as a producer, actor, and writer. In an interesting connection, Tyler Perry directed and adaptation of one of T.D. Jake’s books- small world!
SOLD: Tyler Perry’s Atlanta Estate
Posted by thunsicker in Famous People in Atlanta on May 3, 2016
Tyler Perry’s estate at 4110 Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta has sold! This is great news after only being on the public market for a year. It is by far the most expensive home sold in Atlanta in over a year. In the past year, the second place went to 2000 Garraux Road which sold at $6M in August of 2015 , also located by the rear gate of Tyler Perry’s estate.
The home sits majestically overlooking the Chattahoochee River on 17 acres and is 35,000 sq ft. including 7 bedrooms, 11.5 bathrooms, swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, beautifully landscaped grounds, and underground ballroom. You can see it and its parking garage from across the river on Paces Ferry Drive in Vinings (across from Canoe Restaurant).
4110 Paces Ferry was quietly marketed at a higher price point prior to hitting the public market, but entered the Multiple Listing Service a year ago at $25 million. It just closed a few days ago for $17.5 million. Quite a deal for that volume of land in the most prestigious zip code in Atlanta – 30327! The land alone sold for $9M back in 2005 when Perry bought it. A two acre lot in this area is now selling for about $1.5M and a one acre lot is selling for right around a million. So this land alone could be broken up and sold for over $12M.
The publicity a home like this generates for a realtor is national and phenomenal and every real estate agent’s dream. I was able to experience that when I listed Jane Fonda’s loft back in 2004. From what I’ve heard, this sale was to an out of state buyer and I’m sure that type of publicity surrounding this listing is what helps in generating leads for buyers of this magnitude in Atlanta’s luxury real estate market.
As has been reported publicly, Tyler will be building his new home on 1,000 acres he purchased in Douglas County, Georgia, near where the Tyler Perry Studios campus is located. Congratulations to his agents Josh Reeves and Chase Mizell on a job well done.
[UPDATE] Lights, Camera, Action, Y’all!
Posted by thunsicker in Famous People in Atlanta on December 5, 2014
In my recent Lights, Camera, Action, Y’all! post, I talked about the booming Atlanta film industry, but it looks like that post just scratched the surface of what’s going on here in Georgia! I just ran across an article that lists more than 25 TV shows and movies being shot around Atlanta in December. Productions range from reality shows like VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta Season 4 and Bravo’s Married to Medicine to hour-long scripted dramas like The Walking Dead and ABC’s Resurrection to feature films with A-list casts like The Phenom with Ethan Hawke and The Accountant starring Ben Affleck. Move over Beverly Hills, when it comes to “swimming pools and movie stars” it sounds like Georgia is really the place you want to be!
Lights, Camera, Action, Y’all!
Posted by thunsicker in Famous People in Atlanta, Uncategorized on November 7, 2014
Atlanta’s booming film industry has brought a flurry of A-list stars to Buckhead recently. Ryan Gosling, who is filming the ‘70’s noir “The Nice Guys” with Russell Crowe was spotted out enjoying dinner at the Buckhead Diner last weekend. They have been filming all over town including the retro fabulous Sandy Springs home of Dallas Austin (where Justin Beiber stayed while he worked on a recording project earlier this year).
Marvel is filming “Ant-man” downtown in mid-November, superhero fans! The film is starring Paul Rudd as a man who can change sizes and communicate with insects. And speaking of superheroes, former superheroine and Cartersville native Chloe Moretz (who was Hit Girl in the film “Kick Ass”) is filming “The Fifth Wave” on location in Ansley Park.
And for fans of ‘80’s comedy, Ed Helms of “The Office” is back in his hometown of Atlanta doing a sequel to the Griswald’s “Vacation” to Wally World. He’s playing the role of a grown-up Rusty Griswald with Christina Applegate cast as his wife. I hear that while their roles will be small, both Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo will be making an appearance. They’ve been filming around Midtown and in Charlotte NC.
It sounds like there will be more of this in our area as Tyler Perry Studios expands with its purchase of property in the decommissioned Ft MacPherson and Jim Jacoby builds the huge Atlanta Media Campus and Studios in Gwinnett, slated to be the largest movie complex outside of California.
If you’re looking for a little of the “lights, camera, action” yourself, here’s a casting call I recently heard about: Looking for wealthy philanthropists, business owners and CEOs for an inspirational, uplifting primetime hour-long series for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The ideal families should live in the Atlanta area, have at least one 7-12-year-old child and would be able to assist another family in need. If you have everything in life money can buy and feel like giving back to a hard working family who had their run of bad luck, please apply here: http://www.nbc.com/casting#htohl
Break a leg, y’all!
Bieber home shopping update
Posted by thunsicker in Atlanta Real Estate, Famous People in Atlanta on February 20, 2014
It looks like Justin isn’t ready to commit. According to TMZ, he has decided to rent for three months until he finds that perfect location. Like I said, I didn’t believe the other rumor since that house is so close to the street, but this house, the craziest house in quasi Buckhead (more Sandy Springs than Buckhead), makes sense. His temporary Atlanta home is that of record producer Dallas Austin. The four bedroom 5,500 sq. ft. home resembles a spaceship.
If he wants my opinion, he should just pay the big bucks and buy Tyler Perry’s estate on Paces Ferry Road for $28M. It has the security and privacy he needs, and is such a good location with easy access to I-75 to get intown and go to the airport. This estate would require a lot of upkeep and maintenance with the fabulous grounds and gardens and it comes with quite a hefty tax bill which was reduced in 2012 to $285,000 but was as high as $397,771 in 2010, though, so I guess his search continues… I use to have a listing in Ball Ground that has studio already built in, would definitely give him privacy too. I’ll have to think more about what will fit the bill.
Justin Bieber is home shopping in Atlanta
Posted by thunsicker in Atlanta Real Estate, Buckhead, Famous People in Atlanta on February 19, 2014
UPDATE 2/24/2014 Bieber tweeted that he never even looked at this home. There was even a stunt by morning DJ’s that has been published to make fun of the whole thing. Anyway, he’s here in a rental but this is NOT going to be his house. Great publicity for the agent and great exposure for the house is all that really came out of the rumor.
Atlanta is home to many celebrities, and it looks like another one might be heading our way.
Justin Bieber has been looking to make Atlanta his home so he can be closer to the thriving hip hop community. According to TMZ, he has his eye on a sprawling estate off Blackland Road in Buckhead. Listed at $10,950,000, this 16,000 sq. ft., 7 bedroom/13 bathroom home has a lot to offer from energy efficient geothermal HVAC systems to a 70 foot pool/spa, gym, elevator and much, much more.
It is yet to be seen whether he really is interested or if this is just a way to generate interest in this property. According to his published interests – can’t be visible from the street (preferably secluded on 5+ acres), minimum of 10,000+ sq. ft., and lists for between $4 and $10 mil., this may not be the home for him. While the price and size may suit him, we’ll have to see whether he will settle for less acreage; the lot is listed at less than two acres.
Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Atlanta in 2013 – up to $28 Million
Posted by thunsicker in Buckhead, Famous People in Atlanta, State of Real Estate Market, Vinings on January 10, 2013
Yes, we do have a home available in Buckhead, in 30327, on Paces Ferry to be exact, for $28 Million.
Sitting high atop the Chattahoochee River on 10 acres…..the only thing I can imagine one would have to complain about is the Lovett School car pool lines. I remember when the current owner bought the land…it was $10M alone and I’m sure this house is being sold at a loss. This estate has every feature and amenity any executive or celebrity would want.
I have not personally been in the home, but it is a pocket listing in town!
But please don’t just call me up and ask to see these fabulous homes….as with most multi-million dollar properties, you’ll need proof of funds from a local bank and references that can be verified before we’ll show you.
I won’t mention the celebrity’s name who owns this home at the request of the agent, but those of you that live nearby will know the house. The next question is: Where is he going? I don’t know. But don’t worry, he’s not leaving Atlanta.
So below is a little bit about the top four most expensive homes for sale in metro Atlanta as we start looking at 2013.
Most expensive homes for sale in the Atlanta metro area in 2013
Every Amenity in this Compound in Buckhead – 30327 – $28 Million
There two other homes over $15M available, one on Lake Lanier and the other on West Paces Ferry for $19,900,000.
For more information on these properties, or other luxury homes for sale in metro Atlanta, please contact:
Prudential Georgia – Buckhead Office
SOLD: Jane Fonda’s Atlanta Loft
Posted by thunsicker in Famous People in Atlanta, Under Contract and Sold Homes on December 7, 2012
Jane Fonda’s Intown Atlanta Loft recently sold on October 31st for $1.1 million.
I had it listed back in 2010 for $4.5 million, which is what Jane had in the property from a purchase and build out perspective. She originally purchased the loft after her divorce with Ted Turner in 2000 and if you look at the interior photos and look at what Jane was going through at that point in her life it all ties together. At the time, I had purchased her book “My Life So Far”. I was enjoying Spring Break in 2010, when I got the call to interview for the listing. When I returned to Atlanta the following week, I met with her Business Manager and Financial Manager.
Within several weeks I listed the property at $4.5M to see what appetite the market had for this 5,000 sq ft loft. The media picked up on the story quickly and we received a lot of publicity and quite good showings, but with time the location proved to be an issue for this type of luxury/high end property. We looked at auctioning the property through Sotheby’s and felt we could get her $1.5M pretty easily, but with that large of a loss it seemed prudent to rent it out for a couple years.
By Fall 2010 we offered it for rent since it became apparent that Jane would be taking a large loss either direction and rented it shortly thereafter.
The following Fall in 2011 her business manager chose another strategy by listing with a local agent that lived intown to market the property. The price steadily decreased until it sold for the $1.1M. For the amount of square footage and the spectacular skyline views, the final price was quite a deal. It was probably about 2 years to the date from the when it was rented which worked out great for her I’m sure.
I was fortunate to have met Jane when she was intown for events and fundraisers and I’m glad she’s been able to close that chapter of her life. It’s fun to follow her blog and see everything she’s gotten involved in since that time. She certainly is back in Prime Time!
Want to be a Reality TV Star!
Posted by thunsicker in Famous People in Atlanta on June 19, 2012
Partially kidding. We get requests all the time for home related TV shows. See below. If you’re interested send me a note and I’ll give you their email address to respond. Good Luck!
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Arthur Blank’s Buckhead mansion sold
Posted by thunsicker in Buckhead, Famous People in Atlanta, State of Real Estate Market on September 20, 2011
After over three years on the market, one of the most breathtaking lots in Buckhead has sold, the owner was Arthur Blank (one of the founders of Home Depot and owner of the Atlanta Falcons). This Buckhead mansion was originally listed at $10,900,000. The tax records state that the home is 7,352 sq ft.
Everyone will always remember the grounds of this property at 4.19 acres… it has the most beautiful gardens, lakes and paths in the heart of Buckhead I’ve ever seen.
This mansion on Tuxedo Road has been open to the public on many occasions. The home was upgraded and featured as the 2010 Atlanta Symphony Decorator Showhouse. The house itself isn’t the most special thing and I wonder if the Decorator Showhouse hadn’t updated many things if it wouldn’t have been torn down to make way for a new home with higher ceilings and larger rooms.
In 2006, The Blanks purchased a home at 1080 West Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. They apparently renovated the home over the course of two years and moved in during 2008, leaving the property at 3639 Tuxedo Road vacant since then. Their current home has over 15,000 square feet and was assessed by the City of Atlanta at $13,698,000.
Finally this in spring 2011, 3639 Tuxedo was reduced to under $5M and it just closed this past week for under $4M. I do believe the land alone is worth this price and I’m wondering if the new purchaser thinks the same thing and we’ll soon see a new structure there.
I’m sure there were some emotions involved in this sale; Stephanie and Arthur Blank’s divorce was announced on September 2nd of this year. The house was assessed by Fulton County at $4.8M and Arthur purchased it from Rex Fuqua in 1990 for $1.5M.
Here are some photos of the Arthur Blank’s Buckhead home that recently sold: