Buckhead's Randolph-Lucas House Could be on the Move
Several people have expressed interest in the historic mansion in Buckhead, which is being given away for free. The only catch - the new owner has to pay to move it.
About a dozen parties have expressed interest in taking ownership of the historic Randolph-Lucas House, which could save the building from getting torn down.
Wright Mitchell, president of the Buckhead Heritage Society, told Patch that roughly 10-15 inquiries have come in about the house, which is owned by the condominium association at 2500 Peachtree Road. The condo association wants to tear down the old house, which is dwarfed by the butter-colored condo buildings that rise behind it.
The people who have expressed interest are “mostly people in the real estate world, although we have been contacted by some private citizens,” Mitchell said Wednesday.
The house, which is about 2,700 square feet, would cost roughly $350,000 to move. The cost of renovation is unclear. Mitchell said the Heritage Society is trying to get access to the inside of the house to help prospective owners get a feel for how much interior work needs to be done to save the house, which was built in 1924 for Hollins Randolph, a great great grandson of Thomas Jefferson.
“It’s going to be a very expensive proposition to move the house and fix it up,” Mitchell said. “It’s just a matter of finding someone who has a lot and the money to make it happen.”
The Heritage Society would for the house to stay in the neighborhood, if possible.
“We would like to see it stay in Buckhead, but we don’t want to see it torn down,” Mitchell said. “So if it were a choice between seeing it torn down and moving outside of Buckhead, we would certainly entertain offers to move it outside of Buckhead.”
It’s unclear how much time is left to save the house. So far, the condo association has not gotten a demolition permit.
Mitchell said that anyone who is interested in the house can get more information and submit a query through the Buckhead Heritage website.