Huge price drop on this prestigious, custom-built, SE-facing hilltop home features mountain views, remarkable energy efficiency, masterful pine & oak woodwork, & an outbuilding with garage bays, RV/boat parking, a workshop, & an in-law apartment. Your guests will marvel at the panoramic skyline outside & refined finishes inside the home. Sip your morning coffee or feel the power of a thunderstorm under any of the 2 covered porches or covered patio. The foyer sets the tone with exquisite hardwood flooring & inlaid designs. Proceed past the stone archway into the living room with remote controlled fireplace, Asian walnut floor, soaring cathedral ceiling & open rafters. This sprawling property is located 16 minutes from Athens, 35 minutes from Cleveland, 59 minutes from Chattanooga, & 70 minutes from Knoxville. A massive stone archway opens into the kitchen & dining area. The kitchen is a marvel of efficiency, design, modernity, & attention to detail. You'll enjoy cooking & hosting in the kitchen with birch flooring, tongue-in-groove wood ceilings, professional gas cooktop, quartz counters, detailed wood trim, breakfast bar, & abundant natural light. The morning sun illuminates the commanding 1st floor master bedroom, replete with bay window & walk-in closet with built-in storage. The spacious master bathroom romances with the standalone bathtub with built-in shelves, bright modern shower with oil-rubbed bronze accents, & spacious open floorplan. Each bedroom boasts a modern en suite bathroom. While the sun sets, host fireside chats at the majestic wood-burning outdoor stone fireplace, positioned perfectly next to the screened gazebo with electricity & a ceiling fan for comfort. Host family & friends for extended, relaxing stays in the apartment. Keep your classic cars, boat, or RV protected in the 28'x40' garage with utilities, or complete your projects in the workshop that includes a lavatory. The dog pen & fenced outdoor area make it fun for your pets & easy for you to give them exercise. Host parties in the solid oak, open lower level with custom bar & covered patio. Throw lavish dinner parties in the dining room that features mountain views on 2 sides. The home features the master bedroom on the 1st floor, with 2 bedrooms on the lower level. The apartment above the garage supplies the 4th bedroom. The basement includes a floor-to-ceiling wood themed library/den, plus a dry storage area. A carport built into the home provides protection for an additional vehicle. This sprawling estate with 5 acres will enthrall all walks of life, including car enthusiasts, contractors & business owners, pet lovers, party hosts, master chefs, writers, & those who appreciate outdoor living. The solar panels, 2x6 construction with abundant insulation, & cement board siding keep your utility expenses remarkably low. The owners spared no expense, building the structure with hurricane straps; cement board siding to prevent bees, termites, & insects from getting in; Anderson aluminum windows; wood ceilings in addition to wood floors; all of which conform to the more strict North Carolina building codes. The grounds abound with lilac bushes plus apple, oak, & maple trees. Enjoy the fruits & vegetables from your strawberry bushes & garden. This luxurious home was personally built by the owners with loving attention & care. It is ready for you to call it the finest house in Etowah, & more importantly, home.