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Beaux-Arts Beauty

High style encounters relaxed living at this palatial in-town residence.

The warm library boasts wood from Versailles.

It’s easy to imagine a Great Gatsby-like character throwing many a roaring high-society affair within the halls of this opulent Beaux Arts-style estate. With its grand entrance, sprawling social areas and picturesque grounds, there are ample spots for Champagne sipping and dancing the night away. But, after all, every gracious host has to rest sometime, right? And when that time arrives, this party-ready yet comfortable abode also offers more than enough elegant and private space for the ultimate in relaxation—from a sumptuous master suite to a secluded pool flanked by cascading fountains and shrouded by greenery.

Situated behind a gated entry at 981 Davis Drive in Buckhead—near the intersection of Harris Trail and Northside Drive—this entertainer’s dream/welcomed respite is now listed by Travis Reed of Harry Norman Realtors/Travis Reed and Associates for $10 million. Crafted by Atlanta architect James Strickland and builder John Berndsen in 2006—and recipient of a Shutze Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art in 2008—the elaborately detailed features are apparent as soon as you pull up to the stately two-story concrete and stone home—from windows and doors custom-made in the Loire River Valley and installed by French artisans to classic columns and balconies replete with stone balustrades. Inside, more than 15,000 square feet of living space features neoclassical design elements throughout, including a grand French limestone staircase ascending from the central hall and large, high-ceiling rooms arranged in an “H” pattern to form front and rear courtyards, offering magnificent views and plentiful natural light.

“The house is exquisitely constructed to the highest specifications,” says Reed. “This is a legacy property designed to stand through many generations.”

Meticulous detailing and finishes throughout—including rustic and smooth stucco, hand-beaten ironwork, antique oak doors from a 19th century Parisian palace that open into the lower gallery, designer lighting, heated floors and six fireplaces. Other highlights include a wood-paneled gentleman’s room with coffered ceiling; library clad from walls to ceiling with wood from Versailles and boasting French oak doors opening to the grounds; a professional chef’s kitchen with a breakfast area, island, walk-in pantry and catering kitchen; formal dining room that seats 12; exercise, media and recreation rooms; a sunroom; and seven bedrooms (including a master suite with his-and-hers walk-in closets and serene bath with soaking tub). Rounding out this home’s magnetic allure is a two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse; four-car garage; and 2-plus acres of land featuring a series of outdoor rooms for dining and relaxing, an inviting pool with jetted fountains and basketball court. Travis Reed, Harry Norman, Realtors/Travis Reed and Associates, 532 E. Paces Ferry Road, 404.617.1770, 

The backyard boasts a heated pool with water jets that emulate a French fountain.