Luxury Mansion, Guest Villa & Equestrian Facilities on 126± acres
August 29, 2017
11:00 am
Cartersville, GA
Contact Person:
Dewey Jacobs

"Sundance Estate"

160 Gaines Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30121

Selling at or above $4.6 million (Last Asking Price $8.5 million)

#1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Iris Johansen's "Sundance Estate"

"I built my dream home with hopes to share it with my family. But dreams and plans change. My family had their own dreams and I decided to move closer to be with them. This is an opportunity for someone else to have their own phenomenal dream estate located so close to both Atlanta and Chattanooga."
Iris Johansen

Luxurious Mansion, Guest Villa, Caretaker's Residence & Equestrian Facilities on 126± acres

A $50,000 Cashier's or Certified Check will be required to bid.

  • Luxury Mansion (Furnished)

  • Guest Villa with Pool and Cabana

  • Caretaker’s Residence

  • Stables and Equestrian Facilities

  • Situated on 126± Acres

  • Excellent Family or Corporate Retreat

  • Great for Entertaining

  • Conveniently Located Between Atlanta and Chattanooga

  • Panoramic Mountain Views

  • Shown by Appointment: August 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and 28th

  • Broker Incentive

  • Selling as an Entirety


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1 Sundance Place

Cartersville, Georgia 30121

The Estate's Mansion


You walk into the house through doors and windows of leaded glass. In the foyer you are struck by the beautiful curved staircases framed with sconces and mirrors. As your eyes travel up, you see the exquisite detailing on the ceiling and the huge chandelier. Mini balconies, pocket doors with unique and custom designs and the peacock leaded glass pocket doors that lead you into the main living or entertaining area complete the scene.


To your right is the two-story library with a spiral staircase to the second level. The upper level has two balconies where you can take a break and enjoy the view.  The library is wired to have two  computers on either side hidden away behind closed doors plus a comfortable sitting area before a large fireplace and a wet bar in one corner. The hall in the rear leads to a powder room, coat closet, and cleaning closet.


To the left is a large dining room with accent lighting in the two built-in wall units. A beautiful hand detailed accent wall houses a fireplace, copper coffered ceilings and two chandeliers which add even more elegance to the room. A turret in the corner can be set up for additional room for table and chairs. The back kitchen and laundry adjoin to the turret. The elevator is just outside the dining room. Another powder room is down the hall with closets and a staircase leading to the lower levels.


The kitchen and great room are all open concept with a large table, seating areas, coffee bar, a multiple computers desk along the wall for all the gamers. A small fireplace and television are on each side of the table, while a much larger television is at the far end of the great room. A lovely fireplace finishes the cozy feeling in the great room. A spacious balcony spans the length of the house. At one end, you'll find a table and chairs with an outside fireplace, various seating groups along the way and an outside stainless kitchen with two grills, hood vent, etc., which is located next to the main and back kitchens for easy entertaining.


On the second floor to the right of the elevator is an elegant suite with a handicap accessible roll in shower/steam room and Jacuzzi tub. This bedroom has a walk-in closet, charming turret sitting area and private balcony, built-in cabinets and fireplace. A laundry area is just outside the bedroom.


To the left is a second bedroom with walk-in closets, Jacuzzi with a small fireplace over the tub to relax and enjoy. The shower has multiple shower heads, steam room and dual sinks and vanity. The bedroom has a fireplace and two sets of French doors leading to the balcony that extends the length of the house. Outside fireplaces are on each end of the balcony running the length of the house. Above the fireplace, there is wiring capability for outside television.

The master suite has a sitting room connecting to the bedroom with two French doors. This room has a unique fireplace made out of black stargazer quartz cut in a starburst design. A wet bar, fridge drawers, dishwasher, and microwave make it convenient for late night snacks. The bedroom also has an interesting tile fireplace. Sitting room, bedroom, and bathroom all have leaded glass doors leading to the balcony. The bathroom is beautifully done with custom designed cut glass shower/steam room, Jacuzzi with accent fireplace, dual decorative metal sinks and vanity. An adjoining closet located just on the other side of the bath has been left unfinished to provide choice of whether it will be single or divided to his and her closets.


From the hall you have access to the upper library and a stairway leading up to the third floor with the same decorative risers as the foyer stairs.  Down the hall, you'll find additional access to the foyer staircases--or take the elevator to the third floor.


The third floor opens into a hall.  To your left is a game room big enough for pool table, card table, or whatever your pleasure. Across the hall is a 5500 square foot unfinished area with bathrooms stubbed out at each end waiting for the new buyer to determine its fate-three bedrooms, or two with an adjoining sitting room, or ballroom, offices, etc.  Windows along the back give you views of the lake, woods, and surrounding mountains. This area has access from both ends of the house. Just past the unfinished space, a gallery of artwork winds around and down a long hallway. The gallery leads into the sitting area with an outdoor turret and great views.   A kitchenette connects the sitting room to another bedroom suite with a large balcony, fireplace, walk-in closet, twin sinks, Jacuzzi, and shower.  A laundry room is located outside this room.  Across the hall is a huge workout room with wet bar - again with great views and balcony. Outside the workout room is a bathroom, shower, and hot tub in which to relax after your workout.


Next, take the elevator to the mezzanine level that houses all the electrical and HVAC systems and has a huge storage area. If you want an indoor pool, one can be put in across the road - preparation for an underground tunnel for this purpose has been made.  Down the hall, you are led to the upper level of the guest plaza. Lighted peacock stained glass, iron gates, tables, chairs, and balcony overlook the guest plaza connected by another beautifully curved staircase.


The lower level plaza gives the illusion of two-story faux storefronts, fountain, and colorful umbrella tables and chairs.  Movie posters and a glamorous lighted cinema sign lead to a piano theatre foyer and set the stage for a true box office experience. The cafe has a bar, fireplace and a snack bar to the left of the foyer. The theatre has 21 seats, elegantly appointed with red curtain. It has two entries and an emergency rear exit through the Tiffany store. The coffered starlight ceiling is phenomenal.


Down the mirrored and stained glass chandeliered hallway to the left are two bathrooms decorated in keeping with the theatre theme. A sitting room is across the hall with an adjoining bathroom, sink and tub connecting to a bedroom still in progress. All areas lead out to a patio that looks over the yard, reflecting pond, and back patio. There is another bathroom with shower tucked behind the guest plaza leading to a four car garage.


Outside are unfinished areas for additional 6-car garage, additional outside staff parking, and a generator that powers the entire house in the event of power outage.

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The Guest Villa


The guest villa is ranch style with a gated courtyard and fountain and is 6000 square feet with 3 and a half baths all with granite countertops, three bedrooms, dining room, a huge great room with a black and white tiled fountain and two white marbled fireplaces.  A dehumidifying unit was also installed at the same time to keep the room dry.  Thirteen skylights with leaded glass designs at ceiling level allow plenty of light and beauty. The kitchen has granite countertops, custom stained cabinets and wine racks on either side of the granite fireplace for ambience and warmth.  The office has wood coffered ceiling, judges paneling, and built-in bookcases, granite desktop and leaded windows.  The master suite at the other end of the house has a fireplace, built­ in wall unit, kitchenette, laundry, bathroom, and five closets to die for.  A sauna is next to the steam shower and has a sunken Jacuzzi tub surrounded by leaded glass windows and beautiful gold curtains for privacy. The four car garage has white cabinets and a Murphy bed. There is an elevator and stairs to a storm shelter with outside door. A backup generator operates the entire house in case of a power outage. There is a large yard and kennel area for dogs as well as play yard for children.  A swimming pool and patio have access from all the bedrooms, great room, and kitchen. The cabana in the back has a fireplace, 8-person hot tub, television, fridge and six sets of French doors and a ceiling fan for ventilation in the summer. There are retractable invisible screens but they have never been needed.


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The Caretaker's Residence


The caretaker's residence has three bedrooms, 2 baths with granite countertops, open concept kitchen again with granite countertops and living room, an upstairs loft, and additional storage area. There is a walk-out basement, two car garage, front and back patios, and screened porch with fan.


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The Stables & Equestrian Facilities


The stable has fourteen possible stalls - some walls knocked down to make larger stalls, a bathing stall, and attached riding ring. The stable has an office, bathroom, a shower, laundry, and kitchen areas.  Next to the riding ring are five outside stalls with a wall and roof. There are multiple fenced pastures for livestock.


Three larger metal buildings house farm equipment and hay.


An iron fence and gate lead onto the property with a quaint stone house and waterwheel to the left and a lake on each side of the road.


Sale Date and Location:  Tuesday, August 29th at 11:00 am (ET), registration begins at 10:00 am (ET). The property will be sold from the premises at 160 Gaines Rd., Cartersville, GA 30121.

Terms of Sale: 10% down due on auction day with the balance due at closing within 30 days. A $50,000 certified/cashier's check will be required to bid.

Buyer’s Premium:  A 10% Buyer’s Premium will be added to the final bid to determine the total contract price paid by the purchaser.

Open House Events: An auction representative will be available for property tours (by appointment only) on August 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and 28th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (ET). Please call to schedule your private tour at 800-476-3939.

Buyer Broker Participation:  Brokers are welcome. Please see the Buyer Broker Form above for directions and details.

Directions: From I-75 take exit 296 Cassville White Rd., East .3 miles. Turn left on Spring Place for 1.2 miles then turn left on Gaines Road for .7 miles. Entrance is on the right. 

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