Set within 56 partially wooded acres Andever, by noted Atlanta, Georgia architect James Means, is available for the first time since being built in 1963. As you approach the rolling quarter mile drive the beautiful columned brick home comes into view. Designed as a Southern neoclassical house it includes Federal and Greek revival design elements and is reminiscent of homes built by carpenter architects and owners throughout the early South. Upon entering you are welcomed into a spacious hall featuring a sweeping spiral staircase, Palladian window, and arched doorway all originally from the Neel Reid designed J Carrol Payne house...in Atlanta - just a few of the many architectural antiques collected by the owners for seven years prior to building. To the left is the large dining room with gas log fireplace and wonderful iron French doored bay window (also from J Carrol Payne house) opening to side terrace and boxwood gardens. Back through entrance hall to large living room, notice the Herringbone pattern oak parquet floors throughout the front rooms originally from the ballroom of the Montague house, a Cameron Hill home in Chattanooga. The living room features the first of three wood burning fireplaces and views from the windows showcase the lovely boxwood garden rooms. Along the back of the home, is a newly remodeled kitchen and laundry/mudroom with granite countertops and freshly finished heart pine floors. An informal brick floored dining room or breakfast room features French doors opening to the rear terrace and backyard. A light filled master en-suite completes the lower level with a Delft tile lined wood burning fireplace and bathroom with walk-in shower and old Georgia marble flooring. The upstairs features three more generous bedrooms with two full baths and a wonderful study/office with old cherry wood paneling, built-in bookshelves, and mantle all from Chattanooga's famous 1850's Nottingham House. The last of the three wood burning fireplaces is located here. In the hallway outside the study is a doorway to the large recessed back porch with porch swing, ceiling fans, and plenty of space for folks to relax and enjoy. Nearby back in the hallway is a plumbed closet that could be used as a wet bar or kitchenette for upstairs guests or dinners on the porch. A marble floored small room leads to a door that opens to front balcony as do two Mill's window doors from the front bedrooms. The front porch features beautiful columns from an early 19th century house in Athens, and the overhead light fixture once lit up a Parisian street. Old heart pine from the Tallulah Falls Railroad Trestle was used for custom outside trim, cornices, and window shutters. The third floor a favorite of the owners' five boys and then the grandchildren is open space heated and cooled and used as a play area with pool table, craft/hobby space and extra storage. Grounds include about 23 acres wooded and 33 in pasture. In backyard there is a brick and slate roof studio/well house. House is on municipal water and there is a 100 foot deep limestone well which runs irrigation. The three HVAC units are 2009/2013/2020. The slate roof, was recently inspected, repaired, and has always been well maintained. There is also an older picture perfect barn and barn lot, a separate large garage/workshop, various outbuildings, and beautiful mature boxwood gardens. Centrally located between Knoxville and Chattanooga and about 130 miles from Atlanta, Athens is nicknamed, "The Friendly City". MooFest, PumpkinTown, Sounds of Summer, Old Fashioned Downtown Christmas, and performances by the AACA are a few of the local events you are sure to enjoy. Tellico, Parksville, and Watts Bar lakes are all within an hour drive. Both Hiwassee River (think gentle lazy river) and Ocoee River (home of 1996 Olympics whitewater events) are less than thirty minutes away. This property is the ultimate work-from-home country estate, dream farm, or escape. Potential for BandB or event venue; 2.6 miles to McMinnCo.Airport that accomodates Lear jets and small private planes.
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