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Mediterranean-style estate of ‘iconic Atlanta civic leader’ targets $2.9M in Buckhead

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Discounted, six-acre property with tennis court belonged to real estate titan Charlie Ackerman

Where Italian cypress trees look perfectly natural.
Where Italian cypress trees look perfectly natural.
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International

A lifetime of global travels informed the design of this thoughtfully crafted, Mediterranean-style, 8,400-square-foot estate that belonged to the late Charlie Ackerman, a prominent real estate and security industry figure described as “an iconic Atlanta civic leader” in marketing materials.

Located on more than six wooded acres off Mount Paran Road, just east of Interstate 75, the 1998 residence was designed by Bill Harrison. It initially listed last year, following Ackerman’s death at age 84 in 2017.

Following his U.S. Army service, Ackerman, a New York native, uprooted in the 1950s to Atlanta, where he recognized great economic potential. As founder of Ackerman & Co., he’s regarded as a pioneer in several respects in the city’s commercial real estate industry, notably for developing Buckhead’s game-changing Tower Place 100 in 1973, according to a posthumous Bisnow profile.

Also in the 1970s, Ackerman stumbled upon a burglar in his home, who shot him, leaving him for dead. He recovered, and the incident inspired Ackerman to found his eponymous home security company, which he sold in 2015.

A posted today, the property’s new listing price, $2,890,000, is described as “unbelievable,” for a “life of limitless luxury.”

Tucked behind ornate gates, surrounded by outdoor sculptures and palms, the five-bedroom, six and a half bathroom manse is certainly a classic (see: handsome library, arched doorways, and practically all light fixtures), though it’s more restrained than one might expect.

The huge patios, tennis court, and what’s described as an “all-season pool” lend themselves to social gatherings. The functional home gym and wine cellar (of course) with seating also qualify as perks.

Previously, the home listed for $3.5 million last April but was removed in December, records show.