20 October 2010

Grand Estates Auction Co. Offers Waterfront Ford Plantation Estate

Kansas City Star

Home in Exclusive Sporting Community near Savannah to Be Sold at Oct. 26 ‘Absolute’ Auction

Grand Estates Auction Co., the leading luxury real estate auction firm, is offering an elegant Low Country estate close to historic Savannah, Ga., with private water frontage on the famed Ford Plantation Yacht Basin. The auction on Tuesday, Oct. 26, will be “absolute,” where the lack of a minimum bid or reserve assures a prompt sale that benefits both buyer and seller.

Located in a plantation that was the former winter home of industrial magnate Henry Ford, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home with a separate guest cottage is an ideal retreat in an exclusive, gated coastal resort community. The 1,800-acre, sporting-oriented community features world-class equestrian facilities, a Pete Dye-designed championship golf course, a full-service marina accommodating yachts up to 65 feet long, sport fishing and sporting clays, a full-time naturalist, a day spa, fine dining and swim, tennis and fitness facilities with an on-site personal trainer.

The custom home offers panoramic views of the yacht basin, marsh and Ogeechee River from most of its 6,000 square feet, including a top-floor cupola with 360-degree views of the Ford Plantation grounds. The homeowner can relax in a master suite with a separate sitting area and fireplace or conduct business in a main-level office with built-in cabinetry. Family and friends can gather in a great room with heart-pine paneling, a more formal dining room and a screened porch with gas grill, fine cabinetry with sink and sweeping views that’s perfect for year-round entertaining.

Grand Estates has an 11-year track record of representing one-of-a-kind properties and attracting a well-qualified group of bidders. “By using an absolute auction, the seller knows the home will be sold on a predetermined day, avoiding the hassles of inconvenient and disappointing showings and open houses. The buyer knows the seller is committed to selling the home at a price that reflects the true market value,” said Stacy Kirk, president of Grand Estates, with offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, La Jolla, Calif., Naples, Fla., and Vail, Colo.

At a time when multi-million-dollar homes can languish on the market for years, Grand Estates’ extensive marketing program has attracted an average of 266 buyer inquires for each home sold so far in 2010, including $10.7 million worth of premier properties sold during five absolute auctions in June.

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