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What $5M buys around metro Atlanta these days

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Apparently, $1M homes are no longer the benchmark they once were for luxury real estate

A photo compilation of $5M+ residence around metro Atlanta.

Impressing your American friends and relatives isn’t as easy as it used to be.

According to a recent report from Trulia, luxury real estate no longer starts with a $1 million price tag; instead, $5 million is the new benchmark for purchasing top-end residences.

In fact, a look at the home values in the top 100 metro areas shows that 4.3 percent of homes are valued at $1 million or more. That may not sound like much, but it’s quadruple the amount of $1 million homes listed in 2002.

Furthermore, according to the report, what used to cost $1 million now prices out at $5 million or more. Think of homes with at least five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and more than 5,500 square feet.

So what does famously “affordable” metro Atlanta have to offer for $5 million or more?

Here’s a sampling of what’s available in a few choice destinations for the region’s big-bucks mansion hunters: Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Marietta, and Duluth.

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BUCKHEAD

Price: $5,300,000

Built: 2017

Square footage: 12,916

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 8

Neighborhood: Paces

Summary: English country home exterior contradicts a modern interior.

Completed in December, this estate includes many features one would expect in such a luxe property: elevator, wine cellar, and a master “wing” that would rival many intown apartments in terms of size. Per the listing, the colorful interior was created for a charity event, and is being restored back to neutral colors. Hope that applies to the wallpaper as well.

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BUCKHEAD

Price: $5,200,000

Built: 1931

Square footage: 9,725

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 9

Neighborhood: Tuxedo Park

Summary: Become neighbors with Governor Nathan Deal.

Designed by famed Atlanta architect Philip Schutze, this gated home next door to the Governor’s Mansion features a lot of traditional touches inside and out. Think chandeliers dripping with crystals, lots of wrought iron, and plenty of decorative molding. There are some modern upgrades though, including a cozy media room on the third floor.

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SANDY SPRINGS

Price: $5,650,000

Built: 2005

Square footage: 11,165

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 11

Neighborhood: Sandy Springs

Summary: Resort living close to Atlanta’s core.

Sporting interesting angles and arches, this luxe home includes a bounty of (standard) amenities for a home of its caliber. Think expansive outdoor kitchen, fireplace, and pool deck, along with a media room, bar, wine cellar, and billiards room. Techies will love the smart home setup and elevator.

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MAY-RETTA

Price: $5,500,000

Built: 2007

Square footage: 16,080

Bedrooms: 8

Bathrooms: 12

Neighborhood: Marietta

Summary: European decadence close to nature.

Near the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area and Sope Creek Park, this European mansion takes full advantage of the great outdoors with not one, not two, but four outdoor verandas, plus 157 windows overlooking the grounds. Other noteworthy features include the floating staircase, elevator, and the massive his-and-her walk-in closets.

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DULUTH

Price: $5,795,000

Built: 2008

Square footage: 13,800

Bedrooms: 7

Bathrooms: 10

Neighborhood: TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth

Summary: Country club living at its best.

Overlooking the 10th and 11th greens of TPC Sugarloaf, this expansive home epitomizes elegance and grandeur with its many chandeliers, columns, and elaborate molding. From the oversized game room complete with full bar and kitchen to the luxurious theater room to the separate outdoor entertainment area and pool house, there’s no doubt this house would be the star attraction for entertaining.