Georgia Mansion — 5 Kitchens! — Asking Price Half of Cost

Atlanta Fine Homes/Sotheby’s International RealtyThe mansion, located about 45 minutes from Atlanta, reportedly cost $ 40 million to build but has never been lived in.

You can practically hear the old banjos strumming when you look at Rose Hill, a gigantic Georgia estate that conjures Tara, the “Gone With the Wind” mansion — and reportedly is selling for less than half what the house cost to build.

The Rose Hill Estate, about 45 minutes from Atlanta in Suwanee, hit the market just shy of $ 14 million, but reports say the never-lived-in estate cost $ 40 million to build. Local property records say the mystery owners, hidden behind the Moore LLC, paid $ 9 million to buy the property in 2009.

And what a property it is, obviously built by folks who believe more is more. The 35,000 square-foot Rose Hill mansion sports eight bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, five kitchens — why would anyone need five kitchens? — 20 HVAC units, three laundry rooms and a saltwater pool.

The main floor features a cantilevered staircase made from heart pine and an antique chandelier from a Cuban castle. And there are tons of niche rooms — a china room with velvet-lined silver drawers, a pantry with remote control shelving, a flower room with an arranging island and floral refrigeration, and a wrapping room.

The property also features:

  • 14-car garage with underground tunnel attaching the garage to the main house.
  • Pool house.
  • 16 gated acres.
  • Prize-winning rose gardens.

Reports say the house has never been lived in. But the floral window treatments and wallpaper make us think someone was planning to make this house a home.

Suwanee, by the way, was ranked No. 33 on Money magazine’s 2013 Best Places to Live list.

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