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 by Perry.
Actor-writer-director-producer Tyler Perry, 48, is legendary as one of the greatest Atlanta African American success stories in the past 20 years. Originally born in New Orleans, he came to Atlanta in 1990 with only about $12,000 in seed money. Struggling with his plays in local community theatre, his big breakthrough was in film. His Madea character, created and performed by Perry, is a tough, elderly black woman, inspired by his own mom Willie Maxine Perry. She was actually above all a devout Christian and a spiritual, loving mother. The Madea comedy movie franchise made Perry a multimillionaire and he became good friends with influential mentors, including Oprah Winfrey. Forbes Magazine reported that Perry made $130 million in 2010-2011 alone.
The Tyler Perry mansion house resembles a 5-star hotel. Leaving an elegant motor court and going into the mansion is to visualize lives of the rich and famous. The entrance Atrium has 2-story high ceilings, marble floors, fabulous furnishings, and a double-grand staircase with wrought-iron railings under a sparkly chandelier. Walls of large-pane windows with elaborate treatments give wonderful natural light. A family room has rich wooden cabinetry and a cozy stone fireplace. There’s a Gothic-style library with chic black bookcases and a marble fireplace. The master suite, in an entire wing of the mansion, has gigantic mahogany cabinets and recessed lighting, with closets the size of large rooms.
Entertainment facilities in the home include a beautiful theatre, a ballroom with a catering kitchen and a resort style spa with sauna and a fully equipped gym. Outside, there’s covered verandas, a 70,000 gallon pool, lighted tennis courts, extensive formal and informal gardens, and guard towers for 2 gated entrances. There’s also a backup power generator for the entire estate, now owned by David Turner and up for $25 million sale by Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty.
As for Tyler Perry who built the grand home, he currently lives on about 1,000 acres in Douglas County in the Metro and continues his work at studios in southwest Atlanta, with vacation homes in Wyoming and the Bahamas.
-Dr. Paul Hudson