The home where famed former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine and his wife Chris have raised their five children is for sale for $6.75 million.
The eight-bedroom, nine-bathroom home at 910 Hurleston Lane in Johns Creek encompasses 16,132 square feet and was built by the Glavines over a period of two years. It comes with a backyard baseball field and basement batting cage — both built by Braves groundskeeper Ed Mangan — and is located in the exclusive gated community Country Club of the South in Johns Creek, Ga. It includes a championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course; Glavine is an avid golfer.
Glavine starred for the Braves during their record-setting 1990s run. After the team finished last in 1990, his pitching helped take the Braves to the National League West title the very next year — the Braves’ famous worst-to-first 1991 season.
This season is shaping up like that, Glavine said.
“They are a little bit ahead of where everybody thought they were going to be – to be really, really competing for their division. Sometimes things happen sooner than you plan, like they did for us in 1991, so hopefully this is another one of those years,” he said.
With a 20-11 record, a league-best nine complete games and the National League Cy Young Award, Glavine helped the Braves advance to their first World Series — where they lost to the Minnesota Twins in extra innings in the dramatic seventh game.
The Braves went to the Series again in 1992, and then in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians. Glavine threw eight-shutout innings in Game 6, earning the world championship with a 1-0 victory. He was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.
Along with Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, Glavine was part of one of the best pitching rotations in baseball history. Together they won seven Cy Young Awards from 1991 to 1998, with Glavine’s honors in 1991 and 1998. He was a 10-time All-Star, led the National League in wins five times and even won four Silver Slugger Awards.
Glavine was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2014, along with Maddux. Smoltz joined them a year later. In 2011, Glavine became a color commentator for Braves baseball games.
Today, change is in the air for the Glavine family. Two of the couple’s children are out of college and on their own, a third is in college (Peyton Glavine is a left-handed pitcher, like his dad, for the Auburn University Tigers), a fourth is entering his high school senior year and the fifth is in third grade, Glavine said. It is time to find a smaller house, although they have enjoyed 910 Hurleston Lane, he said.
“It was the perfect house for what we wanted. We wanted a destination for our kids and their friends,” Glavine said. “We had kids here all the time hanging out. We could actually do that, and we were not all on top of each other. It worked perfectly in that regard. We had a lot of fun memories with those guys hanging out here.”
The family is looking for a smaller home in the Country Club of the South neighborhood and surrounding areas of North Fulton, such as Alpharetta or Milton, Glavine said. He plans to keep playing golf with the same group of guys. "It may just be a longer commute (to the course) now depending on what happens," he said.
“We plan on staying here; we haven’t decided what to do. We toyed with the idea of going into Buckhead but I am not sure how realistic that is,” he said. “We are comfortable here and we know the surroundings. I am hard-pressed to believe we wouldn’t end up somewhere in this area.”
It’s also been home to another famous former Brave and friendly Glavine rival, Smoltz. His house in Milton, 700 Foxhollow Run, is listed for $4.998 million.
Asked whether he hopes his house sells for more than Smoltz’s, Glavine laughed. “We are competitive, I hope so – yes. I don’t know what John’s listed for; he has a beautiful house.”
Smoltz’s 18,265-square-foot home has 10 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and four half bathrooms, and is on a 19.74-acre lot. It also has a baseball field.
Glavine’s Hurleston Lane home in Johns Creek was built on two lots that back up to the Chattahoochee River, listing agent Paul Wegener of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty said. It has a long private drive and professionally landscaped grounds including a pool and spa, a cabana, a fire pit, and a basketball court in addition to the baseball field.
The home was designed by Atlanta architect Norman Askins. It features gothic-style archways, French oak doors, hand-carved staircases, gothic reproduction mantels from Francois and Co., and limestone floors reclaimed from a church in France. The study features judge’s paneling with moldings replicated from St. Philips Cathedral in Atlanta and a ceiling decorated with restoration plaster lattice panels from Fischer and Jirouch Co..
The great room is defined by a two-story cathedral ceiling, iron chandelier and a hand-made leaded glass transom window. In the kitchen are commercial-grade appliances, stone accents and hand-hewn trusses. There are also a breakfast room and a fireside great room. Three sets of French doors lead out to the covered back porch with a masonry fireplace, gas lamps, iron railings and views of the backyard.
The master suite includes a fireside sitting area, a spa-like bathroom with a freestanding tub and steam shower, and a custom closet system built out into four separate rooms to include shoe closets, a dressing room, a library ladder, built-in dresser drawers and a hand bag vignette.
On the terrace level are a billiard room, arcade room, custom bar and wine cellar, an exercise and steam room, and the pitching and batting cage.
According to Fulton County property records, 910 Hurleston Lane most recently changed hands on July 24, 2001, when Clyde R. and Linda C. Williams as grantor sold the property for $620,000 to grantees Thomas M. and Christine S. Glavine. Prior to that transaction, Jack Nicklaus Development Corporation of Georgia was grantor of 910 Hurleston Lane for $179,500 to Robert R. and Glenda S. Bulger on May 3, 1989, records show.
The Glavine home is one of the larger, newer properties in the 950-acre, 733-home Country Club of the South, which was developed mainly in the 1990s, Wegener said. The neighborhood features a championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, which has hosted a number of professional tournaments over the years and currently hosts an American Junior Golf Association event that draws the top junior players from all over the world.
Country Club of the South has 24-hour security patrols. It has been home to numerous successful entertainers, executives and entrepreneurs over the years. In addition to Glavine, they include retired Atlanta Braves stars Greg Maddux, Charlie Liebrandt, Jeff Blauser and Paul Assenmacher; football stars Chris Doleman, Garrison Hearst, Randy Cross, Andre Rison and Victor Greene; music celebrities Usher, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, L.A. Reid and Babyface; comedian Jeff Foxworthy; and NBA Hall of Famers Allen Iverson and Bernard King.
The home entertains well, Wegener said. The Glavines hosted fundraisers there for charities including Atlanta-based Cure Childhood Cancer, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer research, he said. The couple serves on Cure Childhood Cancer’s advisory board.
There are currently 33 homes in the Atlanta area listed above $5 million, according to First Multiple Listing Service data cited by Wegener. The average days on market for those listings is 176 days, he said.
The Glavines are building a home in Alys Beach in the Florida Panhandle, but Glavine said that would be a vacation, weekend and off-season home for the time being. “When our little guy is in high school maybe we will spend more time down there,” he said.
Glavine said he is enjoying watching this year’s Braves turnaround into a real competitor for the National League East Divison title, although he was surprised it happened so quickly. “They are off to a great start. I hope they sustain it through the course of the year.”
Glavine said the team is fun to watch, both the young players and the veterans.
“Freddie Freeman is a staple. I have a lot of appreciation for him and what he’s accomplished. Ozzie Albies, the second baseman, is having a phenomenal year and then the young pitchers are starting to grow up a bit. It is fun to watch them develop,” he said.
He thinks the team is a playoff contender. “Obviously it is a little bit of a surprise. Certainly the way they are playing, the way their young pitching continues to develop from start to start, has been something to watch,” Glavine said. “Hopefully everyone continues to be healthy — that is one factor you can’t predict, the injury bug — and I think they are going to be in thick of it (division title race) all year.”
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