Real estate

Longaberger CEO sells estate for record $6 million

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December 13, 2013

Tami Longaberger has sold her 57,000-square-foot mansion near Nashport, Ohio, for $6 million, well below the original asking price but still a record amount for a central Ohio home.

The 200-acre estate, about 40 miles east of Columbus, was originally listed in 2011 for $15 million. It was listed most recently at $9.85 million.

The 20-room Georgian brick mansion has seven bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and three half-baths, a horse barn, three ponds stocked with fish, a six-car garage, a wine cellar, a theater, a helicopter pad, a pool, a guest wing and a ballroom wing that can accommodate more than 300 guests.

A representative for Jane Kessler Lennox, the New Albany Realty agent who represented the buyer and seller, said Lennox could not discuss the sale because of the buyer’s desire for privacy.

The deed filed with the Muskingum County recorder identifies the buyer as SPG87 and Awesome87, two limited-liability companies created in Cleveland in November.

Dubbed Eschman Meadows in honor of Longaberger’s mother, the home might be the largest in the state.

It dwarfs two other well-known Ohio mansions: the New Albany home of Limited founder Leslie H. Wexner, which is 43,817 square feet, and the house built by NBA star LeBron James outside Akron, which is 35,400 square feet.

Longaberger, the CEO of the Longaberger Co., built the home between 1998 and 2001. She told The Dispatch in 2011 that she decided to sell because her two children are grown and she spends a lot of time traveling for work.

Working with Columbus architects Phil White and George Acock, Longaberger designed the home in part as a showcase of American craftsmanship.

The home is rich with custom details: carved stone mantels, elaborate wood trim, forged-iron staircase railings, and plaster and glass ornamentation, including a stained-glass ceiling in the ballroom.

Annual taxes on the home are $134,635, based on a value of $8.95 million set by Muskingum County.

The $6 million price tag is almost $1 million higher than the previous record for a central Ohio home — an 18,000-square-foot New Albany mansion that sold in 2010 for $5.184 million.

jweiker@dispatch.com