When the ugly duckling becomes a swan!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lake Country 284620

Working on a project now that is bringing back memories...

Current project is a 1980's vintage ranch, estate sale, inhabited by smokers and dogs with less than perfect potty training.

On a spectacular 2.25 acre home site, with towering oaks and views across neighboring farms.

With time and money (and the right contractor), the home will be transformed into a place worthy of the land.

About 10 years ago, one of my clients embarked on a similar venture. When we first encountered it, the home has been on the market for more than a year, with multiple price reductions. 

What made the project intriguing, however, was the setting: 25 pastoral acres with a gorgeous spring fed pond. That ugly duckling home was on the absolute best building site, overlooking the pond.

My client had the vision and the budget to turn the home into a show-stopper. Removing the upper level allowed soaring ceilings in the great room, and adding commercial grade picture windows unleashed spectacular water views. An addition created space for a lakeside master suite and office.

The lead photo above tells you all you need to know about how an ugly duckling became a swan. Enjoy more photos of the finished product:

renovated ranch pool

renovated ranch back side

renovated ranch kitchen

renovated ranch master bath





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facebook horse-and-home-georgia  Jeanne Dufort on Zillow

 Are you thinking dreaming about a place that will nuture your soul, bring your family together, or give you a chance to give back?  Whatever your dream, I'm committed to helping you explore how Georgia's Lake Country fits in. Located midway between Atlanta and Augusta, the lake country offers two recreational lakes, plus wonderful historic small towns with a commitment to sustainable agriculture. Lets talk.

Jeanne Dufort

2010 Realtor of  the Year

Lake Country Board of Realtors

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Comments (6)

Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The bath room is very spacious. I was wondering if it is meant for showers looking outside and allow outside visitors peak through these huge windows.  A waste of space for someone use it for a few minutes in a day.

May 08, 2023 08:06 AM
Jeanne Dufort
Coldwell Banker Lake Country - Madison, GA
Madison and Lake Oconee GA

The beauty of living on 25 very private acres with a gated entrance - you have the luxury of designing a home where the "outside comes in" without the fear of peeping Toms.  Also - the windows were treated to allow unobstructed view looking out, but masking the view into the home from outside.

May 08, 2023 08:12 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

I'd love the 25 acres, but have to agree with Sam.  I spend 20 minutes in the bathroom, I would never dedicate that kind of space.  We had to modify our custom build to take room from the primary bath and add it to the bedroom and closet  because it was crazy big and not for us.

May 08, 2023 08:26 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello and thank you for sharing the great information in your blog with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!


May 08, 2023 09:41 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Jeanne,

Your buyers had such vision and the right pocket change to turn this 25 acre spread into a marvelous, breathtaking, home! A truly living master piece. Thank you for sharing.

May 08, 2023 11:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeanne- I love the home, especially the bathroom!!!!   

May 08, 2023 06:25 PM