Windy Hill - A French Normandy-Inspired Masterpiece in Columbus, Mississippi
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Windy Hill - A French Normandy-Inspired Masterpiece on 124± Acres in Columbus, Mississippi

SOLD!  The Imes family estate is considered one of the finest and most quality constructed homes in the South. This fabulous property had no comparables and had never been on the market. Therefore, the Sellers elected for the auction method of sale to determine the most accurate and current value. The response for this luxury property was tremendous; 37 qualified prospective bidders from coast to coast toured the home in preparation of the online auction sale. The Sellers were blown away by the activity and most satisfied with the sales price. The winning bidder was 2,500 miles away and was drawn to the property as a result of our high-profile and visible marketing campaign.
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Windy Hill – A French Normandy-Inspired Masterpiece

Columbus, Mississippi

Online Auction of The Home on 124.9± Acres

with an

Option to Purchase Additional Land Tracts

(184.6± Acres and 325.3± Acres)




The Windy Hill Luxury Estate is Available as Follows:


The Luxury Home on 124.9± Acres is Available via Online Auction.

Never Before on the Market with a Nominal Starting Bid of Only $1.5M


The Purchaser will have the option to purchase either or both of the land tracts:

184.6± Acre Land Tract at $2,500 per acre.

325.3± Acre Land Tract at $2,500 per acre.



1480 Primrose Road, Columbus, MS 39701


Target Auction Company is privileged to offer via luxury auction one of the finest homes in the South, the Nancy Imes Estate known as Windy Hill. This Grand Manor is a French Normandy-inspired dream home, designed by renowned Architect Ken Tate, and has never been available for purchase until now.


Windy Hill appears to have evolved over centuries, rather than just a few years and is a spectacular example of classical architecture combined with the talents of skilled specialists, including landscape architects, interior designers, and master craftsmen.


The 11,000± square foot estate recalls the architecture of the northern French countryside. Rich quality and fine detail are evident throughout every square foot of this luxury custom home. Built for entertaining, each light-drenched room is arranged to suit an intimate gathering to the grandest of all celebrations. Lush terraces, courtyards, and porches make the exterior is ideal for entertaining as the interior. Guest and family are sure to enjoy the serene sunsets from the luxurious outdoor living space. The estate is situated on 124.9± acres poised on a high point of land offering refreshing breezes and expansive views of the countryside and private stocked lake. Ideal for hunting and recreational use. Acreage is enough to have horses with plenty of room to ride. Outdoor activities are endless at this exclusive gated estate.


Located just 17 minutes from downtown Columbus and 27 minutes from Starkville (the home of Mississippi State), it is the perfect destination for anyone who appreciates southern architecture, food, and hospitality.


For the avid gardener, this home has a large greenhouse and arbors from trees harvested at the building site. There are many paths of handmade bricks for walks and raised garden beds. Thick Oklahoma flagstone, its edges hand-chiseled, form steps and walkways leading up from the once rose garden toward the house. The landscape includes terraces, a walled courtyard garden featuring an antique fountain, and a wildflower garden. Windy Hill is a one-of-a-kind property that you will not want to miss.


  • Gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances
  • 5 bedrooms with ensuite baths and 3 half baths
  • 2 master bedroom suites on the main floor with seating areas
  • 3 bedrooms suites on the second floor
  • 3 fireplaces
  • 3-car garage
  • 60-foot pool with jets that double as a fountain
  • Pool house with full kitchen, bath, shower, and wardrobe area
  • Multi-storied dovecote playhouse for children
  • Lush terraces, courtyards, porches, and gardens
  • Wine cellar
  • Stone and iron fencing
  • Long winding driveway lined with over 150 crepe myrtles
  • Whole house backup generator
  • Stocked lake
  • Equipment shed



Additional Acreage Features


Each tract is a rare find and a pure recreational treasure featuring fields, hardwoods, thick cover, creeks, trails and lanes in place, food plots, and farmable acreage. The setup was designed for recreation and hunting. There is plenty of room to have horses with a lot of open spaces and trails to ride. These tracts are also ideal for ATVs. Any number of outdoor activities await…


These two extraordinary tracts border the Black Prairie Wildlife Management Area, having both timber and open areas creating an ideal hunter’s paradise. Their diverse habitat is great for growing and holding trophy bucks and turkey while providing an opportunity hunt and play in your own backyard.



NOTE: The acreage in the video above is incorrect. The correct acreage with the luxury home is 124.9± acres.



Please Review All Posted Documents.

 Have Questions? Call 800-476-3939.



Financing Available: Mississippi Land Bank |Starkville Office | Contact Tyler Anderson, Cole Brazil, or Lee Tucker (662)323-8150






AuctionOnline bidding begins May 2 and concludes Thursday, May 12 at 11:00 am CT subject to auto-extend.


Buyer’s Premium: A 10% Buyer's Premium will be added to the final bid price (including any additional land tracts purchased) to determine the Total Contract Price paid by the purchaser.


Terms of SaleA contingency-free sales contract must be executed by the purchaser immediately following the auction ending. The purchase terms are a 10% non-refundable down payment due by 4:00 pm CT the following day with the remaining balance due within 30 days.


Registration Requirements: A registration amount of $25,000.00 must be submitted to Target Auction Company PRIOR to being approved to bid. Should you not be the Purchaser, this will be promptly refunded. Call 800-476-3939 for details.


Buyer Agent Compensation Available: A three percent (3%) commission is available for representing the Purchaser. See the Broker Compensation Form under this property’s Documents Tab.


Property Tours: by appointment only on April 30 (Saturday), May 1 (Sunday), May 4 & 5 (Wednesday/Thursday), and May 11 (Wednesday) from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. An appointment is required. Please call 800-476-3939 ahead of time to reserve your private tour.



Target Auction Company is a premier marketing firm with proven ability to provide certainty when selling valuable real estate throughout the U.S. using our streamlined process. We highly recommend our platform for your selling and buying needs.


 William T. McLemore MSAU#1458/MSRE#21331/MS Firm #21330


DISCLAIMER: Target Auction & Land Co., Inc. assumes no liability for errors or omissions in this offering. The auction is open to properly registered bidders pursuant to the (1) Real Estate Online Bidding Terms, and (2) Terms and Conditions of Sale. Although information has been obtained from sources deemed reliable, the auction company/auctioneer makes no warranty or guarantee, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy of the information. It is the sole responsibility of the bidder(s)/bidder’s agent (if applicable) to make a thorough inspection of the property and verify all information prior to bidding. Any property offered will be sold in “AS IS” condition, this includes both real property and personal property (if applicable). All sales contracts for purchasing a property will be contingency-free. This offering may be modified or withdrawn without notice prior to or during the bidding; or may be sold prior to auction. All properties are sold subject to seller’s confirmation unless otherwise indicated. The auction company or seller reserve the right to deny admittance, remove anyone that disrupts the sale in any way, or deny any person to participate in bidding. All announcements made prior to the conclusion of the bidding supersede any prior oral statements or printed materials. The auction company/auctioneer shall not be responsible or liable in any way if the seller fails to honor any bid, refuses to close, or cannot close title in accordance with the winning bid(s) or any sales contract. Target Auction & Land Co., Inc. and its agents represent the seller only and is the selling agent only.




To bid, you must be of legal age to enter into a contract to purchase real estate (18 in most states, 21 in others). If you are in doubt about the legal age to enter a contract in your state, please consult with competent legal counsel before bidding. All bids are placed in US DOLLARS.





  1. All bids shall be deemed pending unless and until duly accepted by the auctioneer.
  2. If there is more than one high bid at the same level (a tie bid), the bid first submitted will be honored.
  3. All bids are accepted at the sole discretion of the auctioneer.  The winning bidder is deemed the bidder that places the bid that is accepted by the auctioneer.
  4. All decisions of the auctioneer are final as to the methods of bidding, disputes among bidders, increments of bidding and any other matters that may arise before, during, or after the auction.  Auctioneer reserves the right to deny any person to participate in the auction or expel anyone from the auction who attempts to disrupt the auction. The auctioneer reserves the right to sell the property in any manner so desired. Individual purchases are to be considered as singular and are not contingent upon the sale of any other properties.
  5. All announcements made prior to the conclusion of the auction supersede any prior oral or written statements. On behalf of the seller, the auction company may, at its discretion, change or modify any part of the sales contract or terms and conditions of sale at any time prior to execution of sales contract without further notice to any bidder/purchaser.
  6. The auctioneer has the sole and absolute discretion to advance the bidding on behalf of the seller, including the discretion to reject any bid which the auctioneer believes, does not advance the auction and/or is injurious to the auction. Bids that may be rejected include without limitation bids that appear to the auctioneer to be nominal, suspicious and/or suspect.
  7. The seller reserves the right to add, delete or sell all or a portion of the property prior to auction. This auction listing may be modified, withdrawn, or postponed at the seller’s discretion, for any reason, without notice to any bidder/purchaser at any time prior to or during the sale.
  8. Neither the company providing the software, nor the auction company or seller shall be held responsible for a missed bid or the failure of the software to function properly for any reason, including but not limited to any internet connection failures.
  9. All registration information the bidder provides shall be current, complete, and accurate. All bidders are responsible for any bids placed under their bidder accounts/number and passwords. The security of bidder information is the responsibility of the bidder. Bidders must notify auction company if they believe that their bidder account/number and password have been compromised.
  10. All properties will be selling subject to seller approval unless otherwise stated.
  11. By using the “App” or registering to bid, you agree to all the terms and conditions and expressly acknowledge and affirm that you have read and are familiar with the Online Bidding Terms, Terms and Conditions of Sale as well as all the disclaimers, conditions and all other related documents set forth in regard to the auction, property, and method of bidding.
  12. By placing a bid, you acknowledge that your bid is a legally binding offer to purchase the property being auctioned.  Your bid (i.e., offer) may be accepted by the auctioneer, in which case a legally binding agreement will be in place between you and the auction company.
  13. The MaxBid function on the online bidding platform is private; however, it can be seen by the auctioneer.
  14. All documents will be in English. If an interpreter or translator is deemed necessary to translate any documents or information, it is the Purchaser’s sole responsibility.
  15. All transactions and currency will be in U.S. dollars.



A buyer’s premium will be added to the high bid price to determine the total contract price.



  1. A contingency-free contract must be executed by the purchaser immediately following the auction ending.
  2. The purchaser will deposit a non-refundable ten percent (10%) down payment of the total contract price in the form of a cashier's check or wire transfer with the remaining balance due at closing within 30 days as disclosed on the property's auction page and defined in the Terms and Conditions of Sale.
  3. Contract packages will be sent by email to the purchaser at the conclusion of the auction. The purchaser must execute and either fax, email, or hand-deliver the package back to auction company on auction day.



  1. Bidders are required to register to place bids by submitting a valid credit card. There is no charge to your credit card to register to bid. Real estate cannot be purchased using a credit card.
  2. Should the auction company require a registration amount in order to place bids on a property, this information (including the required amount and specific directions) will be disclosed on the property's auction page and defined in the Terms and Conditions of Sale. Should you not be the purchaser, your registration amount (minus any wire transfer fee) will be promptly returned. The registration amount, if required, will be applied toward the down payment.
  3. Bidder must be approved by auction company.



A service fee will apply to all payments made via wire transfer. For wire transfer instructions, please email



  1. It is agreed by all parties that in the event the Purchaser fails to close and pay the balance when due, Seller and Auction Company reserve all rights allowed by law and the Sales Contract, including a suit for damages, specific performance or cancellation of the transaction, with the Seller to retain the down payment. In the event of any breach of the terms of this agreement by Purchaser, the Seller will declare the Purchaser in default and Purchaser agrees that the escrow agent is expressly authorized and instructed to disburse the down payment without the requirement of any further approval or agreement from the Seller or Purchaser. Any action taken after Purchaser’s default shall be solely at the Seller’s option with all costs incurred by Seller being paid by the Purchaser. If any legal action is required to enforce this agreement, or to collect any fees or costs earned or advanced pursuant thereto, the Seller or Auction Company shall be entitled to recover any and all costs of such action, including, but not limited to, the expenses and court costs of the action and a reasonable attorneys fee.
  2. Closing/escrow agent shall disburse the Purchaser’s down payment to the Seller and Target Auction Company after the receipt of Seller’s written certification that the Purchaser’s Sales Contract has been terminated by reason of said Purchaser’s failure to cure a default in performance of Purchaser’s obligations herein. Closing/escrow agent may act in reliance upon any writing, instrument, or signature which it, in good faith, believes to be genuine, may assume the validity and accuracy of any statements or assertions contained in such writing or instrument and may assume that any person purporting to give any writing, notice, advice or instruction in connection with the provisions hereof has been duly authorized to do so. Closing/escrow agent shall not be liable in any manner for the sufficiency or correctness as to form, manner of execution, or validity of any written instructions delivered to it, nor as to the identity, authority, or rights of any person executing the same. The duties of closing/escrow agent shall be limited to the safekeeping of the down payment and the disbursement of same in accordance with the written instructions described above. Closing/escrow agent undertakes to perform only such duties as are expressly set forth hereto, and no implied duties or obligations shall be read into this agreement against closing/escrow agent.



All bidding is open to the public.  The property is available to bidders/purchasers without regard to race, color, religion, sex familial status, national origin, or physical handicap.



The identity of all bidders will be verified, bidding privileges are provisional, and if complete verification is not possible, auction company reserves the right reject the registration and bidding activity is subject to termination.



Any person bidding on behalf of another person or entity must have a valid, legally enforceable, unexpired, Power of Attorney approved by auctioneer before the being approved to place bids.



  1. All online auctions are subject to extended bidding due to bidding activity.  Auction company reserves the right to adjust the auto extension time period or end the auction at any time.
  2. If you are outbid by another bidder, you will receive an email notice (unless bidder chose to have these disabled during registration).
  3. As the auction nears the ending time it will auto-extend until bidding is silent for a minimum of 2 minutes.
  4. The high bidder will be notified via email after the auction ends.




  1. The property is selling “AS IS, WHERE IS WITH ALL FAULTS” subject to, and any CONTRACT IS NOT CONTINGENT upon: any state of facts an accurate survey or personal inspection of the property may reveal, any existing or proposed rights-of-way, restrictive or protective covenants, easements, encroachments, rights or claims of parties in possession, zoning, building codes, permits, governmental agencies regulations, environmental conditions, wetlands, riparian, or littoral rights, flood zones, subdivision and HOA regulations, water rights or water access, mineral rights or reservations, leases or tenancies, suitability, merchantability, marketability, operability, tenant ability, habitability, income, soil condition, sink holes or percolation, safety and health codes, or fitness for a particular use or purpose, and subject to all title exceptions as set forth in the Title Commitment. No guarantees are given as to the availability of utilities or the permitted or allowable uses on the property. The seller or auction company have not made, do not make, and will not make, and hereby disclaim any representation or warranty, whether expressed or implied or statutory, whether oral or written, with respect to the property. Bidders are advised to independently verify all information deemed important. The bidder agrees all due diligence related to the property and its purchase will be completed and buyer will be satisfied with the results prior to placing a bid.
  2. It is the bidder’s sole responsibility to 1) review all property information; 2) independently verify any information deemed important including, but not limited to, information available in public records; and 3) inquire of public officials as to the applicability of and compliance with land use laws, health, sanitary, safety and fire codes, any environmental laws and regulations, and any other local, state or federal laws and regulations.
  3. All information contained in any and all promotional materials was provided by the seller and is believed to be correct; however, neither the seller nor the auction company makes any guarantee or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of such information.  Neither the seller nor the auctioneer is required to update any information.
  4. Neither the seller, its attorneys, any broker, nor the auction company shall be liable for any relief including damages, rescission, reformation, allowance or adjustments based on the failure of the property, including, but not limited to, amount of square feet, acreage, dimensions, maps, taxes, income, etc. or to conform to any specific standard or expectation, or any third-party documents or information.
  5. Any work performed by a potential bidder or on behalf of a potential bidder is solely at the expense and responsibility of the potential bidder.



In the event of a conflict with the Online Bidding Terms and the property specific Terms and Conditions of Sale that is located on the documents tab of the property’s auction page, the Terms and Conditions of Sale shall control the provision in conflict.