The former Bud Seretean mansion on five acres on a peak of Missionary Ridge goes up for bid at a live "without reserve" auction on Thursday.
New York City-based Concierege Auctions is handling the sale of the property now owned by the Don Brocks. The home, appraised for $2.4 million, has been sale for a lengthy time at $4.8 million. Dr. Brock, who heads Astec Industries, has built a spectacular new home on the east brow of Lookout Mountain.
The 19,000-square-feet home has seven bedrooms as well as 10 full and three half baths. It includes a 30-foot-high glass ceiling, a heated indoor swimming pool with diving board, a reflecting pond, changing rooms with showers and a built-in gas grill and kitchen area. It comes complete with mature live palm trees and foliage. Officials said, "The solarium allows you to enjoy the great outdoors any time of the year. and an indoor pool."
The auction firm said the home "offers plenty of space for family members and guests alike. Small, intimate gathering spaces allow you to cozy up in the solarium’s sunken conversation area, the family room’s entertainment area and private library, or one of the two living rooms where large spaces allow for sizeable groups.
"Larger parties, of upwards of 150 guests, can easily spread out within the five-acre property. An eastern facing deck is wonderful for outdoor entertainment, while the dining room — with its 12-foot-tall, walnut bi-folding doors and glass-enclosed garden — provides an elegant space to impress during more formal affairs. Invite visitors to the upper living room for a drink at your personal bar or throw a casual pool party in the sun-drenched solarium.
"The gourmet kitchen contains everything you need for keeping your friends and family well fed. From its stainless steel countertops to its granite topped work island, this one-of-a-kind kitchen has it all: three GE monogram ovens, two dishwashers, a SubZero refrigerator, a separate stand-alone SubZero freezer, a gas range and grill, an electric range, warming drawers, a walk-in butler’s pantry and a breakfast nook.
This extraordinary estate promises comfort for all its inhabitants. The master wing offers a private retreat from the rest of the home. The magnificent master bedroom includes a private sitting room with a gas fireplace where you can unwind and catch up after the day is through. Enjoy beautiful views from your floor-to-ceiling windows or step out onto the adjacent terraces to marvel at the unobstructed beauty. Separate his and hers bathrooms make the experience even more amazing. He will enjoy his own sauna, walk-in closet with built-ins, half-court gym with a basketball goal and direct access to the solarium. She can soak in the Jacuzzi tub and keep all her accessories well organized in her walk-in closet with built-in glass front storage and cedar closet.
"A craft room with a skylight and an attached half-bath is a great outlet for creativity while the two-car garage and two-car carport with adjacent work area is great for all your favorite vehicular projects.
"Brush up on your favorite sports outdoors at the artificial putting green or lighted tennis court. A circular garden area with bench seating lets you explore horticultural interests while the connecting concrete and asphalt jogging and walking pathways throughout the five acres allow visitors to truly appreciate the extent of your green thumb. You can even impress history buffs with two cannons, reproduced to depict the local Civil War history."
The sale of "Mountain Modern" is in cooperation with Jack Webb of Crye-Leike Realtors in cooperation with Katherine Smith of Keller Williams Realty.
The sales team said Mountain Modern on Missionary Ridge "offers the ideal blend of luxurious amenities, family comfort and entertaining spaces – all on the largest acreage available on top of Missionary Ridge. The home offers premier privacy and spectacular mountain and valley views, yet is mere minutes away from downtown Chattanooga. Designed by famous Los Angeles architect Harold W. Levitt — who has created homes for the likes of film producer Steven Spielberg and actor Dean Martin — this Chattanooga home reflects the modern design philosophies seen throughout his work in mid-century L.A. The heart of the home, the solarium, features an amazing 30-foot-high glass ceiling, heated indoor swimming pool with diving board, reflecting pond, changing rooms with showers and a built-in gas grill and kitchen area, and is complete with mature live palm trees and foliage. This seven-room estate also features a lighted tennis court, putting green, circular garden area, meticulously kept landscaping and beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains — all on five park-like acres."
Mr. Webb said, "I have been working in real estate in Chattanooga for 27 years, and I can honestly say that this is not only the most spectacular home that I have ever listed, but it is one of the most beautiful, remarkable homes in the metro-Chattanooga area. This home has a very comfortable family feel and is also outstanding for entertaining. I love that the property is located high up on the Missionary Ridge, which allows for complete privacy and beautiful scenic views, but is also only five minutes from the activities of downtown Chattanooga, which has undergone a tremendous renaissance the last couple of years."
"This unique, beautifully-constructed log home, with gorgeous details throughout, is a remarkable property and set on a location that boasts the upmost in privacy and beauty," stated Ms. Smith. "It is a privilege to be working with Concierge Auctions on the sale of this home because their auction process reaches potential buyers on a global scale and can target the clientele who would be interested in such a unique buying opportunity."
Mountain Modern on Missionary Ridge will be open for preview daily from 2-4 p.m. and by appointment.
The Colyarton mansion was originally on the site.