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Palatial Buckhead property mimics an English country estate, asks $2.5M

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With horse pastures and a fountain-filled pond, it’s called a European escape amidst ITP Atlanta

A yellow European-style mansion set atop a hill overlooking a pond with green grass all around.
Numerous points at 1050 W. Conway Drive NW afford views across the reflecting pond and horse pastures.
Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty

The eclectic universe of ITP Atlanta listings has yielded surprising properties lately inspired by European grandiosity, including the Italian-style spread in Tuxedo Park that Kenny Rogers built and a $10 million palace with grounds so large you’d never think they’d fit in Buckhead.

Continuing that Robin Leach-friendly streak this week is a Buckhead property designed as an English country estate in both form and function, with stables and sprawling horse pastures on site.

But this ornate six-bedroom is hardly ancient. It was built in 2003 between Interstate 75 and Chastain Park, off Mount Paran Road, encompassing just over 6,000 square feet.

These private 8 acres are accessed via an unmarked drive that takes a meandering jaunt around a rectangular pond described as a reflecting pool, replete with fountains.

While certainly no minimalist’s cup of tea, the “unparalleled” attention to detail is especially evident in the grand formal living room and decadent spiral staircase, which connects all four levels.

The property listed this week with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty for $2,495,000.

A room with several huge white columns around a spiral staircase.
Beyond the front entry, columns make an impression.

Records indicate the property has been priced as high as $4.9 million in 2015, before being offered as a $20,000-per-month rental.

Property records show the home was owned for years by Atlanta designer and developer Rodney Cook Jr., president of the National Monuments Foundation and creator of the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlantic Station. He’s also the son of Rodney M. Cook Sr., the Buckhead insurance executive famed for working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders, and for whom the forthcoming Vine City park is named.

Queries to brokers for specifics haven’t been returned, but Cook’s residential portfolio suggests he designed the property himself.

A huge blue living room with an ornate fireplace and five windows.
The formal living room, with the most ornate fireplace in recent memory.
A huge spiral staircase with a checkerboard finish at bottom.
The dramatic spiral staircase, leading down to a finished terrace level.
A huge red dining room with a big fireplace.
A dining room that could double as a banquet hall.
A huge kitchen with wooden cabinets and a few columns.
Columns and big volumes continue in the kitchen.
A huge white master bedroom with a chandelier on the ceiling.
A master bedroom with views across the grounds.
A huge white master bathroom with a large mirror.
This master bathroom is one of six and a half found throughout.
A long blue room in the attic of a classical house.
A flexible space in the attic.
A huge green property with trees for miles.
The property’s broader context—with the ornate onsite stables seen at right—looking toward Cumberland and Kennesaw Mountain.