Marietta’s oldest continually occupied home is on the market for $2.75 million, and it’s enough to make lovers of antebellum grandeur and spectacularly manicured outdoor spaces swoon.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and located up the street from Marietta’s square, this Victorian estate is called Oakton, and it acted as headquarters for Maj. General Loring during the famed 1864 Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
Built in 1838, Oakton has belonged to only four different families (including the current owners) in the ensuing 178 years, according to the property’s website. More recent renovations have lent the interior a rustic and unexpectedly fun vibe, punctuated by seven working fireplaces, hand-painted glass, and a grand parlor. (The five-bedroom, four-and-1/2 bathroom home last sold in 2002 for $450,000).
The listing describes its current state as being a "treasure."
Oakton originally included more than 300 acres, and five of them remain with this listing. Its 19th Century gardens recall the South of France, and the pool area would befit Buckhead’s most prominent addresses.
Obviously, a property like this occupies a niche market, which is reflected in the way it hasn’t sold. It listed for $2.9 million in April 2015, and has twice been discounted since.
- Oakton House & Gardens [website]
- 581 KENNESAW AVE. [Beacham & Company Realtors]
- 12 ATLANTA AREA HOMES FOR SALE OVER $500K BUILT BEFORE 1900 [cynthiadekel.com]