Bird’s Eye View

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By Meredith Pruden | Photography by Shanda Crowe

Perched high atop Sweat Mountain in East Cobb County sits a sprawling 8,100 square foot home on more than six acres. It has six bedrooms (three of them master suites) and five and a half baths, a chef-inspired kitchen, a full bar and an in-law suite, but it is the panoramic views that are sure to take your breath away.

Whether cooking a family meal in the kitchen, reading a good book in the grand room, gardening on the expansive front lawn or chilling out on one of the home’s numerous outdoor patios or decks, the view from Summitop captures the kind of awe-inspiring scenic grandeur that’s hard to find in the metro area suburbs. The 180-degree view encompasses the downtown Atlanta skyline, Blackjack Mountain, Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain and even the North Georgia mountains beginning at Red Top — it is this view that first inspired owners Lester E. and Marian Crowell, Tony Lacey and Traci Williams to purchase the land when it wasn’t much more than a grove of pine trees.

“We always loved the view,” Lester, also a partner at Three-13 Salon, Spa and Boutique with Marian and Tony, said. “There are amazing sunsets right out there, and that’s the number one reason we bought this property.”

With such an impressively formidable view, it was clear the house, completed in 1999, and grounds had to be something special.

And special it is. Down to the last detail, in fact. This custom-gated home is a quirky mix of Tuscan-inspired architecture, art deco elements and custom, hand-painted murals intended to elicit both a “wow” factor and an urge to entertain guests in the open floor plan.

“Someone recently filmed a hip hop video here, and we’ve always loved to throw parties in this house,” Tony said. “We had a party here recently with about 50 guests, and it felt empty! Plus, you can see the holiday fireworks from all around town.”
But the home, according to Marian, also has a very zen-like natural feeling.
And, she’s not wrong. From its lucky horseshoe shape, green roof (intended to blend in with the mountain’s natural landscape) and warm copper turrets, to its meandering hiking trails, well manicured lawn and intimate courtyard complete with a pool, spa and koi pond, there’s plenty, beyond just the view, to inspire a sense of peaceful calm at Summitop.

If you’re looking to find your “ohm” and a bird’s eye view of the metro, this little slice of heaven on Earth recently went on the market. It, and all its unique features, can be yours for a cool $3.4M. Trust us, that view is priceless.