Maybe you've always sort of wanted one of those mansions Georgia has been famous for since the first time you saw ‘Gone With the Wind.’ Just the thought of living a comfortable life among pleasant neighbors in the Old South might spur you on.
Whatever it is that attracts you to buying a nice mansion in Georgia, and the state offers numerous benefits to property owners, now might be a good time to consider one.
The Mansions That Have Made Georgia Famous
The Victorian Preservation Association lists some of the more prominent Georgia mansions, from Atlanta to Savannah. Childhood homes of a future president, or famous writer—even a Cherokee Indian leader—these estates continue to draw visitors and fire imaginations.
Rhodes Hall in Atlanta is one of the few remaining mansions on famous Peachtree Street. Built in 1904, it was designed by one of Atlanta’s most celebrated young architects, and for one of the wealthiest men in town. Made with Stone Mountain granite in Romanesque Revival style, the mansion's quality and style of architecture give it statewide significance.
Outside of Atlanta, mansions Georgia is famous for include:
- Augusta - The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson built in 1859 by a native of Maine.
- Chatsworth - Chief Vann House Historic Site for James Vann who who established the largest and most prosperous plantation in the Cherokee Nation, covering 1,000 acres.
- Macon - Johnston-Felton-Hay House, a 18,000 square-foot mansion on four levels topped by a three-story cupola.
- Milledgeville - Andalusia, Home of Flannery O'Connor from 1951 until her death in 1964; she finished novels and collections of short stories there.
- Monroe - McDaniel-Tichenor House built in 1887 in Victorian Italianate Villa style.
In Savannah, the Andrew Low House rose up in 1849, commissioned by a wealthy cotton trader. The architects, working as a trio, essentially created the signature style of Savannah in the 19th century. The Harper Fowlkes House is one of the antebellum mansions Georgia is known for, now filled with remarkable antiques of the period.
Unfortunately for ‘Gone With the Wind’ fans, the mansions Hollywood has made Georgia most famous for—Twelve Oaks and the one Rhett builds in Atlanta — exist more in fictional fantasy than in real life. But inspiration for Tara, where Scarlett grows up, came from a home author Margaret Mitchell's great-great grandfather erected just outside Atlanta. Called Stately Oaks, and built in 1839, the place can still be visited today.
Live the Affordable Luxury Lifestyle Georgia Offers
The active, sporting, and pleasantly-Southern lifestyle the state offers property owners combines with below-average real estate costs, lower average taxes, and cost of living relatively lower than many U.S. cities make now the time to consider living in one of those mansions only a state with Georgia's history can make available to you.
Beyond these advantages, Georgia offers tax advantages to you if you are 62 or over, making the state a highly favorable choice for your retirement. The state doesn't tax your Social Security income, for example, which might tip the scales for in your favor when considering buying a mansion Georgia offers.
According to the American Chamber of Commerce Research Association (ACCRA), New York City has the highest cost of living index in the U.S., followed by such cities as San Francisco, Portland, and Denver. Way down below Phoenix follows most Georgia cities, falling below the U.S. average.
This combination of classy mansions in Georgia, lifestyle advantages, and low cost of living makes for luxury you can afford and enjoy into your latter years.
For more information on mansions Georgia offers, contact your experts at Plantation Properties today 912-764-LAND (5263).