Let's say you're longing for a permanent escape to a far-off Pacific island — and Japan doesn't do it for you — but not wanting to leave this metropolitan paradise? What to do? Escape to Tahiti (i.e., a luxury compound built in 1987 and tucked off Northside Drive) with a home named one of "Georgia's most elegant" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Once listed for $5.5 million, the island-channeling pad is now back on the market for a much more palatable $4,395,000. Featuring dark wood floors and ceilings soaring three stories, the living spaces adjoin like a super-sized cabana, complete with views of your very own lake. The eight bedrooms and eight-and-1/2 bathrooms are just as well-appointed, with plenty of natural light and views of the full four-acre compound. All that's missing is a drink-filled pineapple with a mini-umbrella, and big spenders will be transported to a personal island(-less) oasis.
· 3400 Northside Drive [Estately]