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The 25-acre spread includes a detached apartment above three-car garage

A southern farmhouse for sale near Athens.
One of roughly a dozen Watkinsville homes on the market for north of $1 million right now.
Photos: Rachael Levasseur/Mouve Media, via Renee Kunkler Realty

At first blush, this stately residence in the Athens satellite town of Watkinsville could seem like an antebellum relic from a lineage of agriculture magnates.

But it was built, in fact, in 2013.

Find it just south of Athens, about nine miles from the University of Georgia’s campus, on seven cleared acres of a 25-acre woods. It’s a little kid’s dream location that’d allow for elaborate pool grounds or, well, a full motocross course.

With sweet-tea-ready porches for miles, both screened and not, the four-bedroom dwelling listed at the end of February for $1.42 million, claiming a style described simply as “Southern farmhouse.”

That’s not to be confused with Atlanta’s “modern farmhouse” craze.

Wraparound front porch with rockers and swing.

Car nuts would be in luck with the detached structure out front that fits three vehicles (with an upstairs apartment that could ostensibly generate income, or stow in-laws). For quicker access to vehicles, there’s also a carport.

The main house counts (only) three and a half bathrooms and just shy of 4,100 square feet but looks even larger—perhaps an illusion created by so much covered outdoor space.

“From the gleaming hardwoods to the high ceilings and trim work this home is perfection,” claims the listing.

It’s certainly a style that harkens the past. And looks pretty in the process.

Off the foyer, a throwback dining space with built-ins.
The kitchen’s surprising ceiling.
White-bedecked kitchen.
A roomy sunroom.
Enclosed porch off the back.
Bedroom connected to yet another porch.
Four-poster bed and an office clad in knotty pine and mounted game.
Master bathroom.
Apartment atop the three-car garage.
Ample room for a backyard bonfire.
Broader perspective of the facade and grounds.