In the End

Biggest Home in Atlanta has a New Owner

The 32,000 square-foot north Fulton County mansion, once known as the biggest house in Atlanta, has a new owner. And it only took 15 years and a $25 million price reduction to seal the deal.

News of the sale of Dean Gardens is also somewhat anti-climactic. The home will soon be demolished.

"Don't miss your chance to view this beautiful estate before it is torn down," reads an announcement for a gala and estate sale posted on Facebook Wednesday. "Over $2 million in items and architecture to be sold."

The announcement appeared on a Facebook page belonging to a group called Luminocity Atlanta and says the two-day extravaganza is a benefit for the group. An Eventbrite page has also been set up to sell tickets to the Aug. 20-21 gala, ranging from $35 to $150.

Jason Dean, one of two listing agents on the property and the son of former property owners Larry Dean and former wife Lynda, confirmed his father will have two charity events at the home where “people can buy things from the inside of the house, including doors and fixtures.”

The younger Dean said he could not elaborate on the future of the property, because of a confidentiality agreement with the buyer. But he could talk about his father’s intentions.

“After those two events, he plans to auction off what is not sold,” he said. “He’s got 60 days to turn over the property.”

The home, off Old Alabama Road, sold in late July to an unnamed buyer at an undisclosed price, Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty chief executive Jenny Pruitt said in a news release.

The asking price for the John’s Creek property, which includes an eight-bedroom pink mansion, 18-hole golf course and wedding chapel, was $13.9 million. That figure has ranged from $20 million to $40 million over the years.

The final sales price did eclipse the $10.5 million paid for the 4-acre estate at 3650 Tuxedo Road over a year ago, Pruitt said.

The Dean house, most recently assessed at $6.5 million, took more than four years to build. It was to be the dream home for the Deans, according to Jason Dean, who said his parents planned to live in the home and use it for charity fund-raisers. But they separated not long after the project was completed.

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