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Location: Johnson City, Tenn.
The Skinny: Built in 1922 for Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Thaddeus Abraham Cox, The Oaks bills itself as a handcrafted stone and brick mansion that "reflects the Italian architectural design of the famous Biltmore House." Regardless of whether or not those comparisons ring true, this 14,000-square-foot manor is one of the finest historic homes in Johnson City, a city known better for its garish modern attempts at castle construction. Now located on 22 acres, The Oaks sits not far from downtown Johnson City, but backs up on a strip mall. It's that commercial environment that probably warranted a conversion of the house and grounds into an alternative medical complex, a role it has served since 2001. Now buyers have the opportunity to transform this $5M estate back into a single-family home or go ahead with plans to build a 40-unit condominium complex and additional medical building on the verdant grounds.
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