Tolemac Farm is a legacy property located just one hour north of Atlanta near Jasper, GA where the Blue Ridge Mountains start. Comprised of 397± acres, this property serves as a premier family or corporate retreat. Tolemac’s grounds have been impeccably cared for and offer a mature, diverse landscape not commonly found. The improvements are immaculately maintained and include a spectacular main home and horse stables with living space that showcase the charm of Southern architecture. The outdoor recreational opportunity is immense and engages all generations of a family. The farm has 120± acres of well-maintained fields with excellent water resources that include a four-acre lake and Scarecorn Creek. With great views of the surrounding mountains and a very desirable climate, Tolemac’s proximity to Atlanta offers a convenience rarely found near this major metropolitan city.
As one approaches Tolemac, you are greeted by a black-board fence that fronts Hill City Road. Hill City Road is a two-lane country road that is lightly traveled. The entrance alleyway is lined with gorgeous red maple trees that evoke feelings of quality, privacy and anticipation. The main driveway is a quarter of a mile and leads directly to the main house and stables. These structures are perfectly sited in an area that is hard to describe in words, but easily understood upon arrival. Landscaped terraces and large oak trees shade the main house while gorgeous pastures and open space flank the neighboring stables. The flow from one structure to another feels so natural and meant to be.
The flat and open space surrounding the stables includes four oversized paddocks, a large riding rink, a round pen training arena, a 5-acre pasture, and a 16-acre pasture – all of which are surrounded by beautiful fencing and access to utilities. When leaving the main house, the landscape transitions to gorgeous rolling hills and there is a four-acre lake fed by a mountain stream located nearby. These rolling hills transition from mature oak forests to well-maintained fields for cattle and wildlife. There are numerous vantage points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The farm has miles of well-maintained roads and an excellent trail system making all of the property accessible and useable.
In total, there is approximately 120 acres of open land used for wildlife, grazing, hay production, and recreation. Currently, the farm supports a herd of 35 registered Black Angus cows. All pastures on the farm have excellent water sources and Scarecorn Creek flows through the property. The farms operational structures are well situated in a location that is removed from the main house, but convenient for managing the property.
The northern portion of the property consists of a very mature tall pine forest that has been thinned to support wildlife habitat and maximum growth of these trees that are more reminiscent of a South Georgia landscape. This diversity is unique, which results in the property teeming with wildlife. While there is excellent internal access to the entire farm, this northern part of the farm has the added convenience of a second access off Jerusalem Church Road.
The farm’s operations are overseen by an ethically sound, competent and hard-working manager and you will find Tolemac to be an impeccably well-maintained property with a very diverse landscape.
This convenient proximity to Atlanta and the surrounding area creates an opportunity for an active family to weave the farm seamlessly into their daily lives. Once there, every family member and friend will be entertained, as there is truly something for everyone at Tolemac. This farm has been meticulously cared for to support the interests of a private family or corporate retreat. Tolemac is indeed a legacy property.
Tolemac is located only eight miles west of Jasper, GA, which is nicknamed “The First Mountain City”. The property is located in Pickens County and the main entrance is off Hill City Road with additional access off Jerusalem Church Road.
Only 10 minutes from the property, Pickens County offers a general aviation airport with a 5,000 ft. runway suitable for private jets.
An easy drive up I-575, Tolemac is only fifty-seven miles and less than one hour from the West Paces Ferry exit in Atlanta offering immediate serenity from such a harried pace and providing outdoor opportunities rarely experienced this close to the city. This ease of access allows family and friends to gather often.
- 1 hour = Atlanta, GA
- 25 minutes = Ellijay, GA
- 10 minutes = Jasper, GA
Tolemac Farm is located on the southernmost range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the larger Appalachian Mountains. Trees put the “blue” in Blue Ridge from the release of an organic compound, thereby contributing to the distinctive color when viewing the mountains from a distance.
Contributing to this landscape in the immediate area is the Chattahoochee National Forest, which is a staggering 750,000 acres covering most of northeast Georgia. This national forest provides some of the best outdoor recreation that Georgia has to offer with thousands of miles of clear-running streams, recreational trails, and plenty of places to explore the great outdoors.
Several quaint mountain towns dot this scenery with one of the more notable ones being Ellijay, which is only 25 minutes from Tolemac. This small town has lots of local fare and there is always something happening in Ellijay, whether that may be a festival, live music, car show or antique sale. Every October, it is home to the Georgia Apple Festival! The community of Big Canoe is only 20 minutes from Tolemac and Carter’s Lake is only 15 minutes from the farm, which is a 3,200-acre lake offering outdoor recreation such as fishing, boating, water skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
The weather in Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is almost as great as the scenery and it boasts four distinct seasons. This area of the Chattahoochee National Forest has summers with warm to mild days and often comfortably cool nights. On average, July is the warmest month of the year with the average high temperature being only 86 degrees and a low of 67 degrees. The summer months tend to receive more precipitation than other times of the year, and the area has an average annual rainfall of 53 inches. Spring and fall are incredibly pleasant with mild days and cooler nights. During the winter, snow occurs sporadically with an average annual accumulation of approximately two inches.
Acreage (Deeded & Leased)
Main Residence – 4,972± sq. ft.: Built in 1895, this historic farmhouse is very inviting and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home has been meticulously maintained over the years and underwent a significant renovation in 2011 to provide modern amenities, but with a huge emphasis on protecting its charm. Just to name a few items, the renovation included replacing windows, rebuilding fireplaces, installing energy efficient and clean air systems as well as professional grade Viking appliances. The floors are antique ten-inch heart-pine planks coupled with antique bricks in areas. Custom mountain stone work has been used inside the home and heavily throughout the outside living areas and surrounding landscape. The indoor-outdoor transition is very well done as the main living space opens to an inviting patio with a pavilion that includes an outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Just behind the house in the courtyard sits a potting shed built completely out of mountain stone.
Horse Stables with Customized Residential Area – 6,000± sq. ft. estimated: A gorgeous architecturally designed stable sits across the courtyard from the main house and truly adds to the visual enticement of the main footprint of improvements. In 2011, this structure was completely renovated into a fully customized structure that is very well-appointed. For the animals, there are seven horse stalls, two wash bays, tack room, feedroom, kitchenette/bath with washer/dryer, multiple storage bays, and an internal water drainage system for maintenance. When needed, this equine area is heated. For the living area, there is a very handsome owner’s office with a mudroom on the main floor. Climbing a set of old English oak steps will take you to an astonishing living area that is perfect for housing family and friends. Eighteen people can sleep comfortably in three different rooms with two of the rooms having full bathrooms. The living area includes a great room with a large kitchenette, laundry room and loft. The interior includes eight-inch antique oak floors and custom milled pine board and batten walls. The stables exterior siding, doors and hardware are all custom milled with enormous attention to detail.
Greenhouse – 720+ sq. ft.: A short distance from the main house, there is a fully functional and substantial greenhouse that is landscaped with boxwoods surrounding it. A quaint potting shed sits close to the greenhouse.
Guest Cottage – 1040± sq. ft.: Located next to the equipment building, there is a fully renovated trailer that surprises everyone with how nice and cozy the inside is. It has three bedrooms, two baths, a kitchen, laundry room and a living room.
Equipment Buildings & Shop: This metal structure is 40’ x 90’ and 22’ tall. It serves as the farm’s primary maintenance facility and has a well-designed workshop. There are automatic garage doors on both sides allowing for heavy equipment to pull in and out with ease. On the sides of the building, there are covered areas for parking equipment and implements. There is an additional 20’ x 20’ equipment shed that connects to a fuel shed.
The annual property taxes for Tolemac are approximately $31,251.
The farm is an ideal candidate to be enrolled in Georgia’s Conservation Use Value Assessment Program, which allows for a reduction in property taxes for larger landowners. This is not a Conservation Easement.
There is not a Conservation Easement on the property and a new owner could realize significant tax benefits if he elected to protect the landscape in perpetuity.
Tolemac is a special property that offers a wide variety of recreational uses that engages all generations to explore and connect with the outdoors.
The farm is well suited for the equestrian having all the infrastructure needed to accommodate horses. The miles of trails and roads provide the utmost for equestrian exploration. On a ride, one will enjoy beautiful vistas, game sightings and a landscape that will create lasting memories.
This trail system also provides for a number of other activities such as hiking, mountain biking, ATV-use, and jogging. An extensive trail system is undeniably an asset when it comes to recreating.
Tolemac has an impressive amount of wildlife supported by very well-managed habitat. Deer and turkey are abundant and successful trips to the woods are frequent. The property has the perfect balance of open land and hardwood forests that create the edge and habitat that attract this wildlife. The landscape is alive with mature mast-producing oaks, and several green fields are strategically managed throughout the farm. Already in place are a number of very comfortable box blinds that have been set up to accommodate a father and child.
The property has lots of water resources with a number of streams and creeks flowing through it. The main water feature is a 4-acre lake located just beyond the main house. This lake has been managed by professional fish biologists and as a result provides an excellent fishery for bass and bream.
For the green thumb in the family, there is an appropriately fenced garden and orchard that includes 20 raised beds, blackberry and raspberry bushes, muscadine and grape vines, as well as 48 mature apple, peach, and cherry trees.
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