Lake Homes Realty, the country’s largest lake-focused real estate brokerage, has broken down the most expensive—and cheapest—places to buy a lakeside house across Georgia as part of its annual summer report.

Few metro Atlantans who venture into North Georgia will be shocked to see that glistening, mountain-ringed Lake Blue Ridge lands atop the pricey list, with an average home sales price of nearly $1.9 million. (Lakes Burton, Rabun, Oconee, and Kedron near Peachtree City round out the top five, respectively.)

More eye-popping, however, is a deal that recently closed for the priciest house sold on Lake Blue Ridge in recent years—and possibly ever.

Dubbed the “Lodge at Lake Blue Ridge,” the sprawling, rustic 2006 property consumes its own peninsula like a personalized resort, incorporating a private beach, volleyball court, party-sized fire pit, and docks both floating and fixed.   

RE/MAX Town And Country

RE/MAX Town And Country

RE/MAX Town And Country

Located in Morganton, a few minutes from the picturesque town of Blue Ridge, the home listed just shy of $5.4 million on May 4 and was under contract within 10 days.

The deal closed at a cool $5.19 million on May 21.

According to sellers with RE/MAX Town And Country, the five-bedroom, 8,224-square-foot lodge was designed to feature lake views from every room, with plenty of long-range mountain vistas beyond. Exterior designs were inspired by Western “Parkitecture” and feature antique hardwood logs alongside a massive portico and deep, wraparound porches.  

Moving inside, the great room boasts 32-foot ceilings and old beams from a tobacco warehouse. Four fireplaces throughout have stones and antebellum hearths chiseled by hand.

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Added bonuses include a home theater that wouldn’t be out of place at Great Wolf Lodge, a game and fitness room, and a six-bed bunkhouse for keeping the kiddos at bay.  

Overall, it’s described as a “generational opportunity,” and what a lucky generation of folks the new owners must be. Dive in for a closer look in the gallery above.

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