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Mansion Melee: Lavish Buckhead vs. Pre-War Sandy Springs!

Let's pretend you're wealthy — mansion wealthy, but not super ridiculous mega-mansion wealthy. And let's say you need new digs, and you've got about $3.5 million gathering dust in your trust fund. There are plenty of options, but where to? Buckhead and Sandy Springs, naturally. You want plenty of square footage and amenities because, well, mansion, but you're not sure exactly the vibe you're looking for. These two properties — an attractive but fairly standard Buckhead mansion and a woodsy 1936 edition Sandy Springs home — offer different versions of the best that Atlanta's most upscale neighborhoods have to offer. So buckle up, Jeeves, we're going on a ride. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch!

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BUCKHEAD MANSE:


Sizeable but unimposing, this "timeless masterpiece" boasts high ceilings, gorgeous hardwoods and a superb, very white kitchen. Amenities include a wine cellar, media room and pool, as well as bathrooms featuring a "Francois hand-carved limestone tub" and a steam shower with heated floors. Heavy woods surround.

3195 Paces Bend Court
Square Footage: Not listed
Price: $3,400,000
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 7
Year Built: 1986
Perks: Not far from the Westminster School and West Paces Ferry Road, meaning you and your kids will be right at home with your privileged ilk.
Potential Drawback: It's technically on a cul-de-sac. Ick.

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SANDY SPRINGS SPRAWLER:


The listing for this English-style manor calls it "mountain resort living intown," and they ain't playing. Note the tons of natural wood and stone inside and out. The three-acre property boasts a rustic-feeling pool and cabana, a guesthouse, a sizable private driving range and a tennis court. Greenspace? Check.

75 Finch Forest Trail
Square Footage: 6,470
Price: $3,485,000
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5.5
Year Built: 1936
Perks: Lots of space, character and undisturbed peacefulness. Truly feels like an Alpine resort, minus the snow.
Potential Drawback: It's pre-war, but you wouldn't know it — except for the furnishings and decor in the bedrooms.

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— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep