For those looking to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, a spectacular equestrian estate in Southeast Cherokee County offers the perfect option.

Painted View Ranch, a luxury estate on 40 acres on Lower Birmingham Road featuring an impressive home, gardens, pastures, a stocked lake and lighted equestrian arena, is on the market for $13.5 million.

The most expensive home for sale in Cherokee County, and one of the most expensive in the metro area, the estate was built by now retired Equifax president Lee Kennedy and his wife Pam beginning in 2009, with the main house completed in 2013, according to information provided about the estate.

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The home was custom designed and decorated by Pam Kennedy, with the assistance of Bryan Residential Planning Company and Jacklett Construction Inc. Materials from around the world were used for the home and surrounding grounds and buildings.

The architectural style of the main house is marked by a stunning turret and was designed with the couple’s Western art collection in mind. The home features such materials as wide plank hickory wood and Jerusalem tile floors, antique beams, 10-foot mahogany doors, an Australian tile roof, terraces and Venetian plaster walls.

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The estate is accessed through intricately designed iron gates. Bronze statues, including running bronze horses and a bronze heron fountain accent the property and add to the elegance of the estate.

The main house is 22,000 square feet of living space with five bedrooms, six full and two partial baths. It includes game, sauna, steam shower, craft and yoga/massage rooms.

The main floor includes a stunning two-story welcome room overlooking a garden and a two-story great room with floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

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The impressive kitchen features Sub-Zero/Wolf kitchen appliances, a large bay window overlooking the estate and copper sinks. The breakfast room has a Venetian plaster dome ceiling and French doors leading to the covered terrace for al fresco dining.

The formal dining room has a brick barreled ceiling has two crystal chandeliers, a 360-degree, all glass, climate controlled wine room and wet bar. The two-story living room is accented with rustic beams and a limestone fireplace.

The owner’s suite features a beamed cathedral ceiling and a curved wall of windows overlooking the terrace, lake and fountain. The spa bathroom has a bubble tub, large curved, Italian stone and glass shower for two, separate vanities, dressing table and expansive his and her closets.

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