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Metro ATL's Most Expensive Sale Of '13 Needs Refreshed

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As we head down the backstretch of 2013, the title of most expensive (pending) sale in metro Atlanta so far this year goes to a 16-acre compound, under contract for the full ask of $6.9 million. The late-19th century estate is poised just off Canton Street in downtown Roswell. Per the historical marker out front, the house was "enlarged and modernized" in 1984, which is like saying your face has been updated with a porn 'stache. Nothing about blue carpet, wood-paneled and/or lattice ceilings and abundant wicker could possibly be construed as "modernized," but there's no denying the home's historic appeal. For these are the former digs of Dr. Francis R. Goulding (1810—1881), an author, naturalist and minister credited with discovering just how unique that reddish algae on Stone Mountain is. And it sounds like the history will thankfully be spared.

The Goulding House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes a number of contiguous lots, which the seller wasn't interested in breaking apart. The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports the buyer is an "unknown developer" — and that the current owners are already celebrating the deal by living on a yacht for the rest of the year. One Realtor told the newspaper the historical main home will be preserved on the property, with the rest slated for redevelopment. The sale is expected to close in December.

· 109 Goulding Place [Trulia]
· Estates, condos are tops sales of first half of 2013 [Atlanta Business Chronicle]