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Touring the gardens

Touring the gardens

A secret passageway, shaded gardens, and expansive covered porches are just some of the highlights of the historic Johnson House. For the first time, this exceptional gem is for sale. Built in 1856 for a local merchant, the house and gardens sit in the heart of downtown Lithonia within the AMNHA. The setting is perfect for a B&B or a private home with rental potential.  The Georgia Trust is assisting with the sale through the Revolving Fund Program, which markets homes like this to buyers interested in preservation and rehabilitation.

The Johnson family was among the earliest settlers in the City of Lithonia and this house has remained in the family for several generations. The massive 3,970 square foot home boasts hardwood floors and original fireplace mantels as well as fluted columns on a two-story veranda. For many years, the family operated a general store on a property adjacent to the home, which is also for sale. You can take a virtual tour of this dazzling local landmark through the photo gallery below.

Mark McDonald, President and CEO of the Georgia Trust, had this to say about the home: “The Georgia Trust is pleased to be involved with the preservation of the Johnson House in Lithonia. This 19th century building has a high degree of architectural integrity and is situated in a lovely period garden setting. It will make a delightful residence for an individual or family looking to help revitalize a historic community.”

The house and gardens also have investment potential in the heart of a National Heritage Area. The home could be converted to a B&B while the detached garage can serve as a rental apartment. 

If you are a lover of preservation and are interested in this home, Kate Ryan, Director of Preservation of the Georgia Trust, offers this enticement: “The rehabilitation of this property could qualify for rehabilitation tax credits, both state and federal. It may also qualify for a property tax abatement.” For more information or to tour the Johnson House, contact Kate Ryan at 404-885-7817 or kryan(at)georgiatrust.org.