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Kenny Rogers’ Athens area mansion up for auction

581249_3633481628271_327893197_nKenny Rogers knows when to hold em. Knows when to fold em. Knows when to walk away. Knows when to run.

Knows when to put his house on the block.

The Gambler’s 150-acre spread outside Athens has been on the market for a while. Since no buyer has materialized, the estate will be auctioned on June 26.

It’s an absolute auction, meaning there’s no minimum or reserve.

542121_3633483828326_486401600_n“What this property will sell for it really is anyone’s guess,” said Scott Kirk, executive vice president of Charlotte-based Grand Estates Auction Company, who said the property had once been listed at $3.5 million. “That’s the beauty of this. There’s not the fear of overpaying like can happen in a listing situation. You have the market surrounding you.”

The auction starts at 2 p.m. on bidding day, and remote bidding can be arranged. Previews for potential bidders starts at 11 a.m. June 22, but you need some cred to get on that list – a $100,000 certified check or a personal check and bank letter of guarantee – to register as a bidder. Call 877-641-2854 or 704-697-1834 or see if that’s you.

525074_3633486228386_2048750900_nRogers bought the estate about three or four years ago, said Kirk. Actually he bought the land and then built the five bedroom, five bathroom house. It’s described as “Polynesian-inspired,” and featuring “superb craftsmanship including oak and marble inlaid floors, custom millwork, a gourmet kitchen, three-car garage, separate guest house, lush landscaping and enormous lake-side picture windows to take advantage of the views.” It’s being sold fully furnished with water vehicles including a pontoon boat and personal watercraft.

579696_3633488828451_315139252_n“This is a great property in a great location,” Kirk said. “This is a great opportunity.”

Rogers, who is scheduled to perform a July 14 concert with Glen Campbell at Chastain, has gotten too busy to spend much time at the place,” Kirk said.

“Kenny owns several properties,” Kirk said. “He’s very busy with his tour. He just put out a new album. There’s only so much time. He’s gotten his use out of it. It’s time to move on.”

AP photo

AP photo

Rogers isn’t scheduled to be present the day of the auction, and there’s no guarantee that the buyer gets to meet him. You never know, though. Buyers and sellers do have to get together for the handover of the keys and such, right?

“He’s a really super nice guy,” Kirk said. “We’re very lucky to be able to work with Kenny. He’s not simply a singer. He’s a modern day Renaissance man.”

The auction company didn’t make Rogers available for comment but did include a statement from him praising the auction company.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/

56 comments Add your comment

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

June 6th, 2012
6:13 pm

Yes, Modern Day Renaissance man unless you’re a tree in Buckhead and Kenny wants to cut you down for his view!

Walk or Run, Kenny…


June 6th, 2012
6:31 pm

Patrick, fill us in…..

One Under through 9

June 6th, 2012
6:45 pm

Kenny never met a tree he won’t cut down.


June 6th, 2012
6:59 pm

If it is his tree, he owns it, then it is none of your damn business if he cuts it, humps it, or shoves it.


June 6th, 2012
7:08 pm

I miss fat Kenny from the 80’s. He seemed more genuine. The new facelifted and liposuction Kenny does not resonate with me as well as prior chubby Kenny did from the past.

Rick James

June 6th, 2012
8:19 pm

Its a really nice place and Kenny’s been flipping properties around Atlanta for a while now.But his belief is that if he buys a property and sleeps in it the value doubles.We’re not in that kind of market anymore and he’s not as famous as he used to be so welcome to the real world..Hope he gets it sold but the last guys that bought it at absolute ended up not closing.


June 6th, 2012
9:29 pm

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE – Please go hug a tree somewhere else.

Gwen Lunceford

June 6th, 2012
9:39 pm

Kenny is a REAL gentleman and very sincerely friendly. He was in the building where I worked and I waved to him as he passed my office door. He stopped and came in and shook hands with me — a secretary.


June 6th, 2012
9:46 pm

I’m betting Gwen is smoking hot -


June 6th, 2012
9:47 pm

if this in the home and land in Colbert, GA w/ the golf course, horse barn etc. it was more than 5 years ago he bought and developed the property.


June 6th, 2012
9:48 pm

Dear God, it’s Kenny Rogers. It’s not like it’s some big star like Wink Martendale. Maybe one of those hos from RHOA will give you an autograph next week.


June 6th, 2012
9:53 pm

jennifer, I’ll buy it and you and I could do hair. High end customers only. We could get Rodney to come over and be our shampoo bit$h.


June 6th, 2012
10:01 pm


June 6th, 2012
10:25 pm

Kenny,s property is less than two miles from me gated on the outside. It’s a nice area over here near stag horn plantation on Brockton road. However poster above is right I hope he gets it but we aren’t in high value property value anymore.

Vampire Bill

June 6th, 2012
10:34 pm

Maybe Caleb King will buy it with all his millions from the NFL ?


June 6th, 2012
10:35 pm

Buy the way it’s not Athens based its Jackson county based you liberals can’t get a story right


June 6th, 2012
11:05 pm

JOE… this is not the same property… He sold that land/house/golf course years ago and then went to Buckhead….


June 6th, 2012
11:08 pm

Wouldnt it be something if someone gets this place for $500,000 ?


June 7th, 2012
12:10 am

The house that Roasters built.

Neighbor Lady

June 7th, 2012
12:20 am

Kenny Rogers = douchebag.

’nuff said.


June 7th, 2012
12:32 am

Neighbor Lady

You talking about how he looks after all that plastic surgery or his behavior? ;-)


June 7th, 2012
1:07 am

I wonder if he will worry how this will affect his credit score :shock:


June 7th, 2012
3:18 am

Once upon a time there was a Nashville duo called Kenny and Dolly. One had musical talent.


June 7th, 2012
4:27 am

Rally: And apparently you conservatives don’t understand the difference between “buy” and “by”. Nor do you grasp the concept of punctuation. Of course it has been proven that the blue states are the more educated states. What a surprise!


June 7th, 2012
6:06 am

Kenny Rogers looks like a housecat.

Road Scholar

June 7th, 2012
6:35 am

What does liberal/conservative have to do with it? How ridiculous! And some of the catty comments !

Rally, he must be moving because of your double wide down the street!

Indian swami

June 7th, 2012
7:04 am

Kenyy….who dat?

Jimmy the Jimmy

June 7th, 2012
7:32 am

OMG! They killed Kenny!!!

//shame on you for not doing it sooner


June 7th, 2012
8:37 am

omg, I didn’t even recognize Kenny in that picture! He looks like a totally different person from the one I remember with the round, hair-filled face. Wow, he has not aged well.

Chi Town

June 7th, 2012
8:44 am

Cant blame him.

Who would wanna live near that dump town Athens?

richard whiskey

June 7th, 2012
8:45 am

kenny who? thought this old fossil had been dead for years,anyway kenny must be tough being an old washed up has-been


June 7th, 2012
9:02 am

They are talking about the property he purchased and developed in Nicholson, not the Smithonia, or whatever it is called. Since he just bought the undeveloped land 4 or 5 years ago and then had to build all of this awesomeness, how much use did he intend to get out of the property? “I think I’ll build a huge, magnificent compound for myself in the middle of nowhere, stay in it a total of 16 days and then sell it. That’s all the use I really want out of it.” Wish I were rich enough to pull off a whim like that.


June 7th, 2012
9:44 am

Loving all the haters on here! so raise your hand if you have a Mansion to sell? Raise your hand if you have several million dollar properties AND millions in the bank? Raise your hand if you got GOLD records? Raise your hand if you get to party with the whose who of music? WHAT NO HANDS RAISED! RAISE your hand if you just like to hate? WoW look at ALL those hands up!

Yep hate and jealousy still make the world go round!


June 7th, 2012
9:57 am

Most people have probably forgotten about the phone sex scandal of the early 90s.

Real Athens

June 7th, 2012
10:03 am

Rally is functionally illiterate. At least he’s not a liberal. But he does spend his time reading a liberal rag. Deft.

Fan No More

June 7th, 2012
10:31 am

I saw Kenny at Chastain several years ago. Went there a hugh fan, left there hating him. He had 2 Mexican comedians open for him. They were not good. Kenny then crams all his popular songs in a 1/2 hour melody and leaves.


June 7th, 2012
10:36 am

I have been several times to his home at the Colbert estate since I grew up in that area. I did not know about the Nicholson property. Not sure why he built this property with the other one just a few miles away. Anyway good luck and hope he makes the money he needs to break even in this market.

Larry Bing

June 7th, 2012
11:08 am

A few years ago a scheduled Kenny G concert got cancelled at an outdoor venue in Smyrna and oddly enough the promoters subbed Kenny Rogers thinking maybe nobody would notice. Seems the promoters might have posted it on their ticket website after we had bought our tickets but didn’t bother to inform those who had already done so. If it wasn’t so comical I may have gotten really pissed. The MC for the show kept saying Kenny Rogers and we thought he was trying to be funny. Not sure what the country folks next to us who came to see Kenny thought of our comic relief. Ultimately, we were given refunds and still allowed to stay and see the show. Still had a good time and I guess if you like his stuff you’d still like him. Getting to retell the story over and over helps to ease the pain suffered of having to had to listen to Lucille. I’m still in recovery.


June 7th, 2012
11:49 am

If obama had a son, he would look just like Kenny Rogers!


June 7th, 2012
11:57 am

@Rob – when are you moving to a blue state? Farewell.


June 7th, 2012
12:02 pm

@Lol – Lol.

And, actually there is no force acting on the earth to stop it from “going round”

watchin from europe

June 7th, 2012
12:29 pm

I am going to pour another cocktail~
this is so entertaining…

watchin from europe

June 7th, 2012
12:32 pm

I am going to pour another cocktail
This is so entertaining…

Sher Lock

June 7th, 2012
1:10 pm

During the 1980s, I saw him at Georgia Square Mall. A small child asked for his autographed; he refused.

Best Day of My Life

June 7th, 2012
1:32 pm

I was just a tiny gambler back then, but I remember that moment when I was sitting there in the stands at the Dixie Speedway hoping to get on screen as an extra in Six Pack when a producer came up to my momma and offered her $15.00 (which was a lot of money to us back then) tolet him take me behind the grandstands for 15 minutes. I’ve never seen her look as proud – before or since. Needless to say I suffer emotional damage to this day from the event, but I’ll never forget how happy that man made my momma that day. I got to meet Mr. Rogers afterward and even got a screen credit (Crying Child) in the movie.
I love Kenny and Dolly and Jesus and I can’t wait ’til the Rapture.
Praise the Lord and God Bless Nathan Deal. Amen.


June 7th, 2012
1:41 pm


The Truth

June 7th, 2012
2:10 pm

Is it just us, or does it seem that 90% of the bad guys in L&O type cop shows are…..white?

The Snark

June 7th, 2012
2:11 pm

I think I’ll just drop in to Kenny’s auction to see what condition his condition is in.

The Gambler

June 7th, 2012
2:34 pm

“You gotta know when to hold’ em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, know when to run…….never count your money while it’s sittin’ on the table, there’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done”

Class of '98

June 7th, 2012
2:37 pm

As Lawrence the cable technician said, Kenny Rogers couldn’t win a Kenny Rogers look-alike contest nowadays.