Inside An Abandoned $40M Garden Estate on 58 Acres in Atlanta, GA
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Dean Gardens once held the title of being the largest private residence in all of Georgia, it was also once said to be the highest priced home in the entire United States. The 42,000 square foot Neoclassical mansion was built from 1988 to 1992 by entrepreneur Larry Dean and wife, Lynda, as a private sanctuary for their large family. The project reportedly cost upwards of $25,000,000 with an additional $1,000,000 annually in upkeep. Shortly after construction finished, the home was put up for sale for $40,000,000. The estate languished on the market for nearly two decades with Michael Jackson once visiting with interest to purchase. After numerous price reductions, the 58 acre property sold in mid-2010 for $7,600,000 to Tyler Perry. At the time of the sale it was rumoured that Perry would be demolishing the home to make way for a new eco-friendly mansion, but instead the estate was left abandoned for several years before he sold it to Lennar Homes to develop a 70 home subdivision. Lennar Homes began demolition in 2014 and finished in 2015, spending close to $13,000,000 prepping the property. Construction began on the new development and was quickly halted before Lennar Homes abandoned the project. It sold once more to Jen Partners LLC for $14,300,000 who planned to build 64 homes on the property. The 58 acre estate, previously known as Dean Gardens, originally included a 42,000 square foot Neoclassical mansion on manicured grounds with a 2 acre lake, wedding chapel, private amphitheatre, an 18-hole par-72 golf course, caretaker’s house, gardener’s cottage and helipad. The estate was known for its extensive formal gardens, partially modelled after Victoria, British Columbia’s famed Butchart Gardens. We’ve included a handful of before photos and a large selection of abandoned photos below. See all the before photos here. For more information on the current status of the property click here.