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Near Helen, 'Contemporary' Mountain Getaway Axed by $100K

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An hour and a half from Atlanta, this property near the artsy Sautee Valley Historic District is billed as the "ultimate mountain home," and it just got significantly cheaper. The original ask of $499,900 was recently slashed by $100,000, but it might take some loot to bring this 2003 home up to its "contemporary" billing — or to infuse it with rustic elements befitting a getaway near Helen. For starters, this place has five bedrooms, a retreat-sized 5,192 square feet and an elevator, which is totally necessary with two stories. Outside, the decks go for miles, offering panoramic views. There are two kitchens, and the vaulted ceilings in the expansive great room give it the volume of a gymnasium, give or take. If you're not a fan of traditional aesthetics, imagine the home purged of the senior-community furniture, with the obnoxious reds and plums painted over and some of the carpeting subtracted. The new price puts it on par with bungalows in many intown neighborhoods, so if you've been hankering to swap the big-city hustle for mountainside serenity, this could be your chance.

· 1410 Lynch Mountain Road, Sautee [Common Ground]