Kenny Rogers home in Georgia sold for $2.25 million, auction avoided (Photos)
A Polynesian-inspired luxury Georgia lake house owned and designed by country music star Kenny Rogers has been sold for $2.25 million.
The 5-bedroom, 5,681-square-foot home was set to be put up for auction on Tuesday but the sale was called off and the property was sold to a private buyer the following day. More than 270 prospective buyers from 16 states and from Canada expressed interest in the home and 12 people registered for the auction, according to the Grand Estates Auction Company, which organized the sale.
"It was a great sale today and the Gambler's bet paid off," Scott Kirk, the company's vice president, said in a statement, referring to Rogers' hit 1976 single. "Both Kenny and the buyer are very happy with the sale and look forward to closing!"
The fully-furnished and decorated property sits on 150 acres, overlooks a lake and is located in Nicholson, Georgia, near Atlanta. Rogers, 73, designed the house himself "to capture one's spiritual serenity," according to past listings.
The property contains several horse pastures, a barn, hiking and riding trails, a private beach, a heated pool, a waterfalls pool, a koi pond, an exercise studio and a go-cart track. It also has an attached guest house.
"Visits from local deer as well as the ever-present black and white swans complete the scene," the listing states.
In a 2008 interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the singer described the home as "kind of like Disneyland with animals." Rogers had around that time moved to the house with his wife and twin sons, Justin and Jordan, who are now 7. They previously lived in a 6-bedroom, 9,000 square-foot mansion in Atlanta that he had also renovated. He sold it for $3.72 million in September 2011.
The selling price of Roger's latest home is higher than what property assessment website Zillow's estimates its value to be, which is $1.66 million. Attempts were made to sell the house in 2009 for $5.25 million and in 2010 for $3.2 million.
Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and won Grammys for performances of his songs "The Gambler," "Lucille" and "Make No Mistake, She's Mine."
The singer, a native of Texas, has owned and remodeled more than 11 properties over the past 25 years.
"It's a hobby with me," he told The Wall Street Journal in 2008. "Once I get finished, owning it doesn't mean anything to me."
Rogers moved from a mansion in Beverly Hills, California to a farm in Georgia in 1987. At the time, he was married to his fourth wife, Marianne Gordon, and he wanted their son Christopher to live in a "healthier" environment, according to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper.
In the late 1990s, he and his current wife owned two homes in Georgia, including a 360-acre estate with an 18-hole professional golf course.