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Home Depot Founder Bernie Marcus Built Big Boxes But Doesn’t Live In One

Photograph source Sotheby's International Realty-1

Photograph source: Sotheby’s International Realty

/ By Alan Gallindoss /

Bernie Marcus, who is now 84 years old, became a billionaire by founding Home Depot, and building it up to become one of America’s leading big box store chains, a concept which he then took international as well.

After retiring from the Chairman’s office of Home Depot in 2002 Bernie has focused heavily on philanthropy, through The Marcus Foundation Inc. and also, specifically, directly helping those who are autistic with the Marcus Autism Center.

Home base for Bernie in Atlanta hasn’t been in a big box however, indeed far from it. His home in Atlanta has just gone up for sale through Sotheby’s International real estate for a listed price of US$3.2 million, and it is a very comfortable, though far from “billionaireishly” opulent, mansion indeed.

Photograph source Sotheby's International Realty-3

Photograph source: Sotheby’s International Realty

For your US$3.2 million you will get a very stylish, though not to everybody’s taste, 10, 000 square-foot estate near Sandy Springs in Atlanta Georgia, which includes a heated driveway for when it snows…in Atlanta? Built in 1987 the house still looks quite new with clean but conventional lines, southwestern undertones and plenty of open space inside as well as outside in the capacious grounds.

Photograph source Sotheby's International Realty5

Photograph source: Sotheby’s International Realty

It is smaller on the inside than it looks on the outside however, so it has a relatively modest five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Sotheby’s references the two-story living room, a lovely indoor swimming pool for serious lap timers, the obligatory wine cellar and a newly described, ecumenical, spiritual or prayer room.

Photograph source Sotheby's International Realty-6

Photograph source: Sotheby’s International Realy

In the view of the Atlanta edition of the real estate magazine Curbed, however, one of the most intriguing items in the whole house is what it calls a “Warhol-esque” portrait of Bernie Marcus himself, sitting in the spot where one can readily fantasize that some of his best business deals were cut.

Photograph source Sotheby's International Realty-8

Photograph source: Sotheby’s International Realty

Property records apparently indicate the property (likely the land only at that time) sold for just $260, 000 back in 1985, and so far it is still looking pretty good.

If you are interested in having a peek why not give Sotheby‘s a call: here are the listing details provided by their local affiliate Atlanta Fine Homes:

Photograph source Sotheby's International Realty-9

Photograph source: Sotheby’s International Realty

FABULOUS custom contemporary home with gorgeous details. Two story living room, indoor pool and exercise room off the master bedroom, enormous closets, state of the art kitchen with commercial grade appliances and additional indoor grill in breakfast room. Butlers pantry with four burner electric cooktop for warming, two additional large guest suites upstairs, 2 separate offices on main. Media room, huge wine cellar, playroom and half bath in terrace level with lots of unfinished space and closets for storage. Separate attached 2 story apartment with kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bath and living room. Heated driveway.

 

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