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Former Buckhead home of Randolph A. Hearst seeks $1.66M

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A “storied Atlanta landmark,” this 1940 house combines modern updates with some classic architectural features

White two-story brick traditional house.
White elegance belies a few colorful updates inside.
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In 1940, Randolph A. Hearst built this two-story, 3,921-square-foot traditional brick home for himself and first wife Catherine Campbell Hearst.

Hearst, the grandson of George Hearst, founder of Hearst Corporation, lived in Atlanta while working at the Atlanta Georgian. The newspaper was owned by Hearst’s father, William Randolph Hearst, the legendary businessman, newspaper magnate, and inspiration for Orson Welles’s main character in Citizen Kane.

Inside this “storied Atlanta landmark” there are 14 rooms in total, including three bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Throughout the house, find period details such as a spiral stairway in the foyer and fireplace in the great room. In fact, the interior is actually pretty restrained and classy ... until that marbled bathroom.

That marble-rich john is labeled a “his and hers” bathroom, but, regardless of how it’s marketed, it’s pretty over the top.

Behind the home, a swimming pool holds court in the private backyard amid a nearly two-acre lot that offers “supreme privacy on coveted West Paces Ferry.”

Regardless of its notable origins, the home seems to be having difficulty finding its sweet spot on the market.

When it was first listed in May, the asking price was $1,850,000, but it’s since received two price cuts, bringing it down to the current ask of $1,659,000.

Perhaps the drop of almost $200,000 will be enough to attract a serious buyer.