The company which owns a home occupied by Lee Najjar, the local real estate mogul who is known supposedly as “Big Poppa” on the Bravo show “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” has put the monstrous Buckhead mansion up for sale for a whopping $25 million.
Travis Reed, who is the real estate agent trying to sell the property, said the company, West Paces Ferry Associates LLC, requested he not market the property locally. He wouldn’t say who owns West Paces Ferry Associates LLC or whether Najjar is affiliated with said company. A quick check with the Georgia Secretary of State’s online search does not come up with any entity under that name. (Google that name and you get nothing as well.)
UPDATE: Someone was nice enough to do a better search than I did on the Secretary of State’s Web site. I used the search box “name starts with” and had typed in “West Paces Ferry.” Apparently, the company’s name is actually LN West Paces Ferry Associates LLC. The agent who runs the shop? Lee Najjar.
Naturally, only a handful of people could actually afford any property worth more than $10 million so Reed will be marketing it through Christie’s and high-end magazines of that ilk. Possibly, someone overseas (an oil baron?) might be interested.
Reed said no property in Atlanta has ever sold in the secondary market for more than $10 million, though there are existing properties by the likes of Tyler Perry and Arthur Blank that are worth far more than that.
You can see the listing (which posted late last month) at ajchomefinder. The home, which has nine bedrooms, 11 full baths and four half baths, features 16 fireplaces, a recording studio, personal massage room, a nail/hair salon, a tanning salon, a ballroom, a theater and seven full kitchens. Located at 490 West Paces Ferry Road, it was just finished last year. The property was featured earlier this year on “MTV Teen Cribs.”
Harry Norman Realtors has a slide show of photos, too.
Part of the film “Zombieland” was shot there as well.
Najjar is never seen or mentioned on the show beyond his alleged ghostly presence nicknamed “Big Poppa.” He is married but has had a not-so-secret, on-and-off-again relationship with castmate Kim Zolciak. On the show, taped in the spring, they had gotten back together and she even got a ring.
Though her former publicist Jonathan Jaxson said she had broken up with him recently, she texted me Monday to say, “I’m still with Poppa!” UPDATE: The next day with Usmagazine.com at the Fox Reality Show Awards, she said she was no longer with him. I just texted her again to see what gives. “We are on and off,” she texted me Wednesday morning, October 14. “Very tricky right now.”
On the Bonnie Hunt Show, taped earlier this week and aired Wednesday morning, she said she had broken up with him a month ago but it’s not quite over. On the show, she wore the big rock she got from Big Poppa on the right hand, not the left. Also on the show, Kim showed her vast knowledge of pop culture by failing to ID Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra’s nickname “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” the phrase “Where’s the Beef,” “The Gong Show,” and a spatula while glancing at the other contestants’ answers.
A building application to add an $80,000 addition to 490 West Paces Ferry dated May 19, 2005 reveals Najjar’s name as the owner of the property at the time. Another application dated April 26, 2007 for a $6,000 fence for the same property also had Najjar’s name attached.
According to Buckhead.net, the home was built as a summer cottage in 1914 and renovated and expanded by Hentz, Reid and Adler. The site dubs it the Jackson-Alsop-Arnold House. “Later renovations turned the original white clapboard summer cottage into a Mediterranean-style villa,” the site noted.
It is by far the highest-priced home on sale at tinafountain.com. The second highest asking price? $14.5 million. But that one only has seven bedrooms and nine baths.
The last time the property was sold was in 2004 for $2.74 million. Property taxes in 2008: $51,030.