Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tyler Perry Trading Up Outside Atlanta

SELLER: Tyler Perry
LOCATION: Cedar Grove Road, Fairburn, GA
PRICE: $3,695,000
SIZE: 17,252 square feet, 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: ...An unbelievable foyer with marble floors, two vast sitting areas, a floating mahogany staircase, leading to an exquisite grand salon, all with dramatic ceilings over 20 feet high. The gourmet kitchen features a two story ceiling with a double sided fireplace. The spacious family room has dramatic French doors leading to the pool and terrace. The master bedroom is 4,000 sq. ft. of total luxury...

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: No matter how you slice it, dice it, bend it or turn it inside out, Tyler Perry is a real estate size queen. Thanks to an informant we'll call Georgia Peach, Your Mama has learned that the cross dressing actor/writer/director of scorchingly successful plays, films and boob-toob programs (House of Payne, The Family That Prays, Why Did I Get Married and all those Madea movies just to name a few) has recently listed Avec Chateau–his gigantic Fairburn, GA mansion–with an asking price of $3,695,000.

Property records we accessed indicate Mister Perry purchased the unimproved parcel in April of 2001 for just $62,661 and proceeded to build a massive monument to his success and money. A 2004 article in Ebony magazine quotes Mister Perry on his big ol' house in Fairburn saying, "I wanted this house to be vast. I wanted to make a statement, not in any grand or boastful way, but to let people know what God can do when you believe." Queen, pleeze. If anyone were to ask Your Mama–and of course no one did– it's just ass-inine for Mister Perry to classify his desire for a hotel sized house as a glorification of God. Do you think Jesus lived in a damn mansion with more rooms than disciples? Come on now.

Anyhoo, located on rural Cedar Grove Road (sometimes knows as Highway damn 70), the 17,252 square foot behemoth of indeterminate architectural pedigree sits on an 11.4 acre parcel surrounded by much more modest homes. Listing information indicates the sprawling "L" shaped mansion includes 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms including a 4,000 square foot master suite that features a sizable sitting room, a giant bedroom in which the bed sits, natch, up on a pedestal two steps up from the inlaid wood floor, and dual custom fitted closets overlooking the elaborately fitted master bathroom. Listen puppies, Your Mama don't begrudge Mister Perry his screaming success and we allow that people with fat bank accounts are free to live any which way their mountains of money will buy. However, Your Mama can't help but think there's something, well, vulgar about having a master suite which measures more than twice the size of the average American home. Do any of the children really think Jesus, a man who hung around with thieves and prostitutes, would have had a 4,000 square foot bedroom?

Other lavishly decorated rooms–where were reportedly done up and did over by Mister Perry hisself–include a double height foyer with a swerving, dizzy making mahogany staircase and a large sculpture of a horse that for some reason appears to be leaning against the wall. A ballroom sized "grand salon" has 20+ foot ceilings and a chandelier about as big as the Hyundai his housekeeper drives to work and additional sitting and entertaining rooms include another double height room with a quartet of brown tufted leather chairs and sofas and yet another double height room with scarlet colored walls, beige carpeting and floor to ceiling windows flanking one of the homes seven wood burning fireplaces. A person could take down the Tioga State Forest burning up wood in all them hot boxes.

A double height paneled library accommodates another large chandelier and a vertigo inducing spiral staircase leading to a gallery lined with book shelves. The dining room sports vermilion colored walls and yet another colossal crystal chandelier while the double height gore-may kitchen has been painted the brightest of yellows which, quite frankly, makes for an unharmonious aesthetic marriage with the mahogany cabinetry, taupe colored marble floors and black granite counter tops.

A home gym lined with floor to ceiling mirrors ensures Mister Perry can watch himself work out from all angles, and a home thee-ayter with eight red velvet seats and crimson colored walls has quite naturally been installed. Presumably this is where Mister Perry runs and re-runs his bank account filling films in which he plays the argumentative and gun-toting matriarch Madea.

The walled and gated grounds include a long driveway leading to a large circular motor court with, you got it, a fountain in the middle. The back side of Avec Chateau includes a vast terrace with both a fireplace and a fire pit, not one but two prayer gardens, a man-made waterfall, tennis court, several small ponds, a three tier outdoor amphitheater for impromptu performances, a circular spa and a negative edge swimming pool that spills down into yet another water feature.

Both Your Mama and the Dr. Cooter go apoplectic just thinking about the yearly heating and cooling costs of a house like this. All those double height rooms ensure the heating and cooling systems are working over time all the time and the immense lawns and landscaping guarantee a team of mowers, trimmers and weeders be on the property several times a week. We know, some of you sassy children are gonna say a person who can afford a house like this does not worry about the running costs, but we do not want to hear it because, judgement or not, we think this is simply too much house and property for one man.

But Mister Perry, being the real estate size queen that he is, clearly thinks differently because he's reportedly packing his chandeliers and moving to an even more monumentally sized mansion off Paces Ferry Road in the suburbs of Atlanta that is sited on 17 acres overlooking the Chatahootchie River and is reported to measure in excess of 30,000 square feet. Dayum! Keep in mind children, Mister Tyler lives all by his lonesome. Could there be anything more depressing and lonely than rattling around a 30,000 square foot suburban mansion? Alone? No, we don't think so either but we're sure any discomfort Mister Tyler might feel is offset by his belief that his new mega-mansion, like his old mega-mansion, is a paean to the power of God. Whatever.

Mister Perry, who was once called the most bankable actor in Hollywood by Business Week magazine, does not just confine his God glorifying real estate to Atlanta and also owns a few premium properties in Los Angeles including a newly built and aggressively modern residence at the top of Blue Jay Way for which he reportedly paid $9,600,000. Also in his portfolio of prodigious properties is a 22-acre tract of land in the hills above Beverly where he once planned to build a 22,000 square foot Tuscan style monster mansion but for reasons unknown to Your Mama scuttled the project soon after the foundation had been laid. That property was previously on the market for $15,000,000 but seems to have disappeared from the MLS.

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has anyone every confirmed if he is gay? He's always seemed so to me...

Anonymous said...

He is the Born-Again RuPaul.

(That is one fancy closet he lives in)

Madam Pince said...

"Queen, pleeze. If anyone were to ask Your Mama – and of course no one did – it's just ass-inine for Mister Perry to classify his desire for a hotel sized house as a glorification of God. Do you think Jesus lived in a damn mansion with more rooms than disciples? Come on now."

Mama, that is the single best summary you've ever written. Bravo!

Virginia Slim said...

well, If you want to cover the smoke where there's fire, just blurt out "Wizard in the Sky!!" (aka God) and point in his direction and you'll be ok.

I'm sure everyone gets along with Tyler P as long as he maintains the status quo ... and folks around him can marinate in their tolerance with such sayings as, "some of my best friends are gay ..."

but sheesh, that house is gayer than a West Hollywood sold out screening of Steel Magnolias

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to believe that any person with average eyesight - gay or staight - chose that horrid yellow for the kitchen on purpose.

pch said...

Umm...

justlovely said...

Gimme some of that old-fashioned Prosperity Theology. Jaysus wants you to be rich!

Anonymous said...

This is the house used in the dreadful movie he did, Diary of a Mad Black Woman

Anonymous said...

I doubt he's alone in these places ... I imagine it's a lot like the swimming pool flashbacks in Gods and Monsters.

Babe Parish said...

Jeez o'pete this house is so drapey and painty. it looks like it smells of paco rabanne. it yearns for stately, but to me, it's a HOT MESS.
(that is the first time i've used that phrase.)

Anonymous said...

This house is ridiculous.

Anonymous said...

can anyone locate on google maps??

Anonymous said...

Holy Christ that yellow painted kichun is downright horrid!

Anonymous said...

I loved "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman".

SK90077 said...

isnt the Tower Grove for sale @ $95m? i know it sold for 26m a few years ago, then 55m, them split in to 6 lots for $95m

Anonymous said...

It's amazing he bought the lot for 62k. That's like parking your Rolls Royce on the Street.

Really, you know you can't build a house like that for 3 point something million--can you?? You would need to go to Home Depot and hire every "undocumented" citizen in the parking lot for that job. How much do houses like that actually cost--since he built it new?? One single man. No wonder people like him are successful--people like me think small and are happy with a few thousand square feet to live a cozy and easy life--and we don't think big professionally either. Mama's right--the maintenance on that one $$. Then to build another bigger house. One thing Tyler Perry won't say is that he's enviornmentally "green"--just fiscally. If he eva sez he is green, I'll say: "oh no he didn't."

Mama's black sheep in WEHO.
Still behaving.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing he bought the lot for 62k. That's like parking your Rolls Royce on the Street.

Really, you know you can't build a house like that for 3 point something million--can you?? You would need to go to Home Depot and hire every "undocumented" citizen in the parking lot for that job. How much do houses like that actually cost--since he built it new?? One single man. No wonder people like him are successful--people like me think small and are happy with a few thousand square feet to live a cozy and easy life--and we don't think big professionally either. Mama's right--the maintenance on that one $$. Then to build another bigger house. One thing Tyler Perry won't say is that he's enviornmentally "green"--just fiscally. If he eva sez he is green, I'll say: "oh no he didn't."

Mama's black sheep in WEHO.
Still behaving.

The Hollywood Mayor said...

I know several people that have been around him and they swear up and down he's an arse. This house says alot about him though.. unless he's letting the poor folk of Atlanta spend the night he's out of his mind with that "god" comment. Nice description mama!

Gotta say I love his Blue Jay Way digs though... can't blame him one bit for that

Anonymous said...

In a place like Atlanta it doesn't cost all that much to build. $150 / sq ft gets you a luxurious house. Labor is cheap... in LA you are paying for the labor of construction and land not the actual materials.

carla in california said...

IF I were God, (and I'm NOT saying that I am), why not build something extravagant to glorify my Holiness? After all, God created all of Heaven and the Universe. This 17,000+ house is a DOWNGRADE.

On another note, I think it's wonderful that we have more and more african-americans becoming wealthy and being positive role models. I'm sick and tired of "thug" stereotypes being shown in the media. Tyler Perry hasn't hurt anyone. He's a success. Leave him alone.

Lastly, I do not believe anyone who lives in such a mansion would ever live alone. I bet Tyler has a complete staff (ie maid, gardeners, security, chef) living on the estate. Lawrence Ellison (cofounder of Oracle) has an Estate Manager as well as a full time staff of maids, gardeners and a chef at his Woodside compound 24/7. These wealthy people never live alone.

Anonymous said...

You must call him Mr. Perry only to his face.

$3.5M for this house?????I would assume it cost double to triple that for the construction alone.

ATL is crazy. And Sherree wants to sell her shithole for only $1M less?

An Lauri's condo Is $500,000??? A unit half that size would be $1.5 M in Westchester county.

Anonymous said...

*by Lauri I meant wigilicious Kim.

Viva! said...

Man that's one ugly behemoth of a house. The "God Comment" is absolutely ridiculous, it shows you how far gone Tyler Perry is, off his rocker, whacko, Tom Cruise territory. Ick.

That yellow kitchen is just disgusting. There's so much 'pseudo good taste' going on I can't stand it. It's like the Broyhill factory threw up into each and every room of this house.

The houses on 'Dallas' or 'Dynasty' can't even aspire to this level of ridiculousness.

The only thing that is even mildly redeemable is the pool and even then...tacky.

Money can't buy taste.

Aquanetta said...

After all the hard work that Tyler has done, he needs to reap the rewards...you go boy!

Anonymous said...

Why do so many people have such bad taste? Why does he need all that space? Beyond ostentatious. This place is awful. Just like his movies.

Flora said...

Thats the most graceless, unimaginative, and impractical facade I ever had the misfortune to witness. Its no suprise that the interior surpasses the dreary exterior, yet in schemes that never should have left the drawing board, except for the bin. What is point of overdesigning a twisty staircase when you can't even get the width right? Is he trying to prevent anyone with a bodywidth of more than 2 feet from ascending to the bedroom floor? How could a queen in a really fancy ballgown ever make a graceful descent on that? I could go on at some length, but whats the point. Its classless and clueless.

bentley said...

That is the stupid fucking name for a house I have ever heard in my life. Ugh.

And the narrow Poltergeist stairs? They're not double, bless, but there's a fine line between unique and ridiculous.

Sandpiper said...

Maybe he's color blind?

Anonymous said...

Funny you should mention a Hyundai Mama, cause Mr. Perry was once homeless and sleeping in his. Might explain the desire to prove one's might via gaudy, enormous digs.

He has an apartment in NYC as well.

so_chic_darling said...

I have never had even the slightest curiosity about Atlanta or any desire to visit but I am hooked on the trash that is the real housewives of Atlanta. Just imagine if Miss Perry were to become one of those trash talking ghetto princesses in Dolce and Dior stomping down the staircase at "With Castle", that is something I would buy on pay per view.

Alison said...

If anyone has ever accidentally turned around in Fairburn, GA, you would understand the asking price....this is NOT in Atlanta, or even anywhere near any of the swanky suburbs, which are all NORTH of the city. Fairburn is about 15 minutues south of the ATL airport (which is also right in the middle of the ghetto), which is 10 minutes south of downtown. There is a McDonald's, a gas station, and a dog kennel in Fairburn. And probably a lot of good, down home folk. That's about it. This is SO far from your typical Fairburn real estate offerings, it's quite hysterical. You'd have to drive a good 45 minutes to get to his new mansion (and any good shopping, for that matter).

BUT, it isn't far from Evander Holyfield's monstrosity that went into foreclosure this past summer. SO there is at least one other neighbor with similarly bad taste nearby.

Anonymous said...

The New House really does look like a hotel. How ridiculous.

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average joe :[) said...

What can I say

Madoff, Mozillio, Muldolf and many more have really really FUCKED up the real estate economy for all of us

3.4 MM ???

please ...........

try 340k ..................

Anonymous said...

Tyler is the great American dream personified - rags to riches, self-made, all from the inside out. Also an incredibly kind, respectful, grateful person. No, I'm not a relative - just spent a few days on set with him and was impressed.
Good for him!

Anonymous said...

If he sells, maybe he can live in the Atlanta White House

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/us/08atlanta.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

Anonymous said...

I've seen Fairburn, Ga, and Anonymous 920am is correct--it's ghetto. Nobody who lives in Fairburn could buy this house, and nobody outside of Fairburn would want to live here. I can't wait to see what this idiocy finally sells for, if it ever does.

Anonymous said...

That is a lot of house for the price. If that was in Bel Air it would be going for over 20 mil.

average joe :[) said...

try 100MM in bel air

20MM would be a steal in bel air for a place like that according to RE pricing 2003-2007

:)

fantasia barrino said...

Dis be wi i le my howse be fooclosed. Iz gonna buy me dis une.

joe - you gonna pay up on dowz lap danzez so iz gotz da mo-nay?

Anonymous said...

Gurfriend better try harder, that decor is tacky fresh.

Wil said...

are you sure he built this house? wasn't he in litigation for several years with the previous owner. i think mr. perry purchased it for a song.

SitDownKaren said...

Wow, this confirms he is playin on the same team.

Well, him always dressing as an old women should of been the real confirmation...

Oh Mama said...

Funny that he calls it a library - doesn't seem to hold a single book... And what's up with the patio furniture?

And those hideous potted plants in every room?

Anonymous said...

The house is not bad, but the inside painting, lighting, drapes, and furniture all need to be tossed.

Who would paint a kitchen that shade of bright monkey vomit yellow?

Also, WAY to much molding in a lot of the rooms(bathroom) where it is not needed.

Reshee said...

Gay...ummm..I'm not sure a gay man could or would massacre a home like that. Who really knows though? Mister Money Bags might spend his evenings oil'n down cabana boys and make'n home movies of'em jetting down the slip & slide covered with rose petals and candy corn after they've run barefoot through piles of dog poo. I can actually hear Jack McFarland saying,"You came for a show, but whoa nelly...you're gonna get a scene!" If Mister Perry is a Fairy..he can still kiss my dariari.

mchristy said...

Deus é o dono do ouro e da prata,então devemos querer sempre o melhor,não vejo nada demais em ter uma big house,um palácio,Deus nos dá semente para semearmos,e senão semarmos não devemos criticar a colheita de quem fez!
Parabéns Tyler Perry!

Jeannified said...

Wow! Gorgeous place! Lots of Atlantan's would aspire to this. I am from Atlanta and have seen it. It IS a bit much, though, for ONE MAN! I agree...gay, possibly?

Anonymous said...

Its his house and no one here has to pay for it so why are people being rude? Why call him gay? Why talk about the decor? I mean really are we mad at Spielberg and his home? I doubt it. He went from being homeless to this. So if he said it was God that blessed him then I believe him. If you don't believe that then you don't believe in the power of God.

Anonymous said...

U have a nice house tyler love the kitchen. Wish I had the money to buy it. :) love the movies keep up the good work. This is from alley osborne from Harrison ga

AOL3 said...

Man, you people need to stop hatin this brother and get a life. I'm happy for him and hope he keeps moving up the economic ladder. It's time we relish in the accomplishments of our people, and use them as an example for our youth to emulate. Get to know Jesus, and maybe he'll bless you too.

Anonymous said...

Marry me, Tyler! If you read this message, I love you! I dreamed about you, for real, and I almost never dreamt about a man. That means you made a huge impression on me. Write me at p.o.box 1614, Titusville, FL 32781. I love Jesus. He's the best! And I'm serious. No kidding. Hire me, and I'll do anything you want. (Within reason, of course.) I know that sounded like a come on, but I've got a sense of humor, now, just like you do, praise God!
Anybody else reading this, don't write to me. (Unless you send me your best recipe.) Tee, hee. ppppsssst. That was a kiss.

Anonymous said...

To the brother in NYC quite hateing on tyler perry and atlanta nyc is big, cold,dirty and full of rats.