Private Lakefront Sanctuary on Bear Creek Bay

Life awaits at Bear Creek Bay, where waterfront estate living and eternal comfort are an everyday experience. Our latest Home of the Week — with its unparalleled water views and nature-filled spaces — almost overwhelms the senses, transporting you far away, despite being just minutes from downtown Athens, Georgia.

The two-story private retreat offers the most privileged and unobstructed views of Bear Creek Lake from every room. The result is that each space is filled with abundant light and nature. A thoughtfully laid out floorplan is punctuated by soaring ceilings, gorgeous wood floors, and exuberant woodwork, all harmoniously interspersed. Whether entertaining or simply gathering the family for dinner, the hearth of the home will beckon family and friends alike, with its gourmet kitchen and anchoring fireplace (one of five throughout the home). The estate's current owners call this memorable lakefront sanctuary "a gift." They regard it as their own private resort. "Each morning, we look forward to early sunrises, as the bright sun stretches across the still lake and glistens her light," they say. "In complete silence, she stuns us with her beauty. The wind whispers through the trees as the birds sing their morning songs. Words cannot capture the experience of such beauty and awe. The sunsets are eloquent as the sun dips down over the horizon. The colors mesmerize as they say good night. The full moons are breathtaking. you feel as if you are on a large ship, dining over a great ocean that mirrors the beauty of this glowing reflection in the sky. Stars are completely visible because the city lights do not compete with their beauty and light. On windy days, the lake white caps in such a way that you feel you are oceanside, the waters turn a deep blue giving you a completely different experience. We have embraced this property for all that it is. We hope you enjoy the tranquility and beauty too." There are so many unique touches that add both comfort and luxury to this special retreat. A five-zone heat and air system, as well as heated floors make it enjoyable year-round. Equipped with a Smart House electronic system, which can be controlled remotely from any location, the residence is ideal for the homeowner who wants to use it as a vacation getaway — or a permanent home. A pool and spa define the backyard, and beckon all to experience the beautiful outdoors against the backdrop of the lake. A Carriage House, spanning approximately 2,500 square feet, is fully functional as a separate residence. If you're looking for privacy, nature and resort living, this property has it all. View the complete listing by Maria Cardarelli of Coldwell Banker Upchurch Realty.


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