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$2.5M Marietta ‘castle’ gets medieval on metro Atlanta

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Agent: “This home is unlike anything else I’ve seen in the Atlanta area.”

It’s going to take a king-size budget (and aristocratic ego) to rule over this Scottish-inspired "castle" on the banks of Marietta’s Sope Creek.

Listed for just shy of $2.5 million, this painstakingly customized, 13,700-square-foot slice of suburban decadence was modeled after several different castles, in fact, with its most prominent influence being Sir Walter Scott’s 1770s home. It’s like Downton Abbey meets metro Atlanta cul-de-sac.

"This home is unlike anything else I’ve seen in the Atlanta area," the agent, Toni Itkin of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Buckhead West Paces Ferry office, stated in a press release.

This brick fortress was built 20 years ago with impressive proportions. For the royal fleet, there’s a four-car garage with a carriage apartment up top, for a total of six bedrooms. And for emphasis, there’s no shortage of gilded paintings and obnoxiously elaborate chandeliers.

It’s tough to tell which is more horrifying: the snarling lion statues outside, the room dedicated to taxidermy, or the softly lit temple to firearms.

Whether the property strikes thee as fairy-tale idyllic or repulsively overblown, one must concede the following facts are rather impressive:

  • "English Masters" trained in Gibraltar hand-carved those 55 interior doors;
  • Meanwhile, the front door was plucked off a bona fide 1700s castle in England;
  • The antique chandelier in the banquet-ready dining room is gilded in 24-carat gold;
  • One oversized fireplace is built of mahogany and marble from a French castle;
  • The climate-controlled (and sadly unstocked) wine cellar fits 1,500 bottles and is inlaid with antique brick from, um, South Carolina.

So here ye, here ye ... have a look around the place:

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