Cover Story
  • TylerPerry

    Tyler Perry Mansion for Sale: Big Bucks in Buckhead

    Standing at 4110 Paces Ferry Road in upscale Buckhead is a fantastic estate with perhaps the most compelling private residence ever offered on the real estate market in Atlanta. Though he doesn’t own it any more, the property is popularly known as the Tyler Perry Mansion. Built in 2007 for an estimated $40 million by the famous Atlanta entertainment mogul, it was his main residence for about 9 years. Conveniently situated only 3.5 miles from Buckhead Village and 15 miles from DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Chamblee, it’s on a beautiful 17-acre wooded site off the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

     

    With a huge French provincial manor house, the estate has amenities aplenty across its spacious grounds and is pictured in our headline photo. In 2016 Tyler Perry sold the property—originally priced at $25 million, later dropped to $17.5 million—complete with custom furnishings, to televangelist and entrepreneur David Turner. Presently Turner has the property listed again for sale, at $25 million. It matches the highest asking price ever for a private residence in Atlanta, originally set   Read more...
  • GolfWorld

    Golf World Converges on DeKalb County

    The greatest professional golfers in the world and their legions of fans will descend on DeKalb County in late September. According to PR representative for the event Becca Meyer, East Lake Country Club and the Professional Golf Association [PGA] is well prepared. For the fourteenth year in a row, the top 30 golfers vying for the Fedex Cup will converge on the historic East Lake Country Club for the prestigious Tour Championship sponsored by the Southern Company and Coca Cola.

     

    The Tour Championship tourney is the last event in the PGA’s year. It doubles as the final tournament in the year-long race for the Fedex Cup. Only the world’s top 30 golfers based on their accumulated points earned in previous competitions can compete at East Lake. The Tour Championship purse is about $8,750,000 [last year’s amount] with the winner receiving $1,575,000 in 2017. One of the top five or six players [based on Fedex points] usually wins the coveted Fedex Cup and its additional $10 million. It is not always the same person as happened last year, so there can be two major winners in late September.   Read more...
  • PublicArt

    Public Art Enhances the Old Fourth Ward

    The Old Fourth Ward is booming. New housing and restoration/renovation of older structures into modernized single family homes, apartments and industrial style condos, along with the proliferation of restaurants, bars and small shops of all kinds has meant a huge increase in pedestrian “traffic.” Accompanying that growth has been a community awareness of the importance of public art.

     

    The bridge over Freedom Parkway at Highland is a delightful case in point. The concrete pedestrian wall is covered in a bright, lively blue paint and further adorned with folk art style figures, animals and flowers. This artwork cannot help but bring a smile even to the most disgruntled of people passing by.

     

    The intersection is also fortunate to have a massive “sculpture” by noted artist Sol LeWitt [1928-2007]. “54 Columns” is a minimalist creation of concrete block pillars of varying heights referencing the city’s skyline. It was erected in a spacious greenspace of trees and grass but has an industrial feel that always provokes thoughts about meaning/significance. This is especially   Read more...
  • DarganHouse

    Historic Dargan House Shines in Midtown

    “Among the substantial citizens and trustworthy business men of Atlanta is Milton Dargan.” This is the way a 1917 biography described the man who built one of Piedmont Avenue’s most impressive homes. Located on the east side of the busy Midtown street just north of Ponce De Leon, the stately colonial revival house remains much as it first appeared in 1896, a real survivor on an avenue where even the better preserved historic homes have lost major features of their original appearance.

     

    Milton Dargan came to Atlanta from Texas in the 1880s as a regional insurance executive specializing in fire insurance. Born in South Carolina, he had attended Furman University and spent three years [not graduating] at the United States Naval Academy of Annapolis. Continuing his successful ways, he moved in the city’s most elite circles and became an avid amateur golfer in the days of Bobby Jones. Belonging to the Capital City Club’s Brookhaven Golf Club, he was also national vice president of the United States Golf Association [USGA]. If that were not enough, he also served as president of t   Read more...
  • StreetArt

    Website Offers Self-Guided Tours of Atlanta Street Art

    Art Rudick says he always had an interest in art but never had the talent to be an actual artist. He did design and build furniture for a few years, but after one woodworking accident too many Rudick said his wife insisted he give up the hobby while he still had all his fingers. On a trip to New York to see his niece, the Coca Cola retiree and Old Fourth Ward resident became fascinated with the street art he saw while on a walking tour of Brooklyn. He opened an Instagram account and posted the photos he took of the Brooklyn murals.

     

    Energized with a new-found passion for street art, Rudick began searching the internet for information and locations of his hometown murals. He says the sites he found were not specific enough or outdated so he began following local artists on Instagram and driving around the neighborhoods and checking Google Street View.

     

    Rudick decided his retirement hobby would be building a website that made it easy for people to tour Atlanta’s street art. The site is called Atlanta Street Art Map and it went live last December with maps and archives of over 300   Read more...
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