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Manor completes Hollywood tale (alyson hannigan mention)

Julie B. Hairston

Monday 7 August 2006, by Webmaster

Hollywood itself couldn’t have scripted a better series of coincidences than the ones that led Emilie Posner-Haas to her dream house.

Scene 1: An e-mail from the smartest guy in her 1958 graduating class pops up in Emilie’s inbox on Feb. 18, 2005.

Dr. Joseph Haas and milie Posner-Haas fell in love with their Mediterranean stucco manor in the Brookhaven/Silver Lake neighborhood shortly after they walked in the front door. ’I knew I would never find another house I loved as much as this one,’ says Posner-Haas.

In the years after high school, Joseph Haas became a successful urologist. Recently widowed, he remembers his spritely schoolmate and looks her up.

Divorcee Emilie had spent six years in Los Angeles helping her titian-haired daughter, Alyson Hannigan, launch her acting career. Alyson, a star of the current television hit "How I Met Your Mother" and former cast member of the classic "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," succeeds. Emilie returns to Atlanta to establish a thriving real estate practice.

One day she opens her e-mail. Love blossoms.

Scene 2: Joseph and his fiancee Emilie knock on the door of a stylish Mediterranean stucco recently listed in the Brookhaven/Silver Lake neighborhood. The owner-agent is busy, but the couple talks her into letting them in for a quick look-around.

Three paces inside the arched doorway, love blossoms.

"We decided in the foyer to buy this house," Emilie said.

The lovebirds leave that evening with a contract on the 6,000-square-foot, $1.3 million manor and move in on Aug. 1, 2005.

"I knew I would never find another house I loved as much as this one," Emilie said.

Scene 3: Newlyweds Joseph, 64, and Emilie, 63, delight in their blended collections of art, antiques and personal memorabilia adorning a casually stylish retreat just a stone’s throw across a winding lane to a 25-acre lake and a 61-acre nature preserve.

The home’s upper levels showcase the arched motif of the windows and doors amid an elegant confluence of sophisticated architectural accents.

The vaulted keeping room next to the cavernous kitchen takes its cozy air from a rustic wooden mantle imported from England, while the more ornate living room mantle imparts a more refined tone.

The Haas’ main-floor master suite includes a Waterford chandelier from Emilie’s former home and a luminous beveled-glass window the couple installed next to the tub in the master bath.

To make the house more inviting to their blended family of three children and five grandchildren, the couple converted a formerly unfinished lower level into a media mecca defined by retro-chic contemporary design.

Movie posters and magazine covers featuring Alyson line the walls.

"If she does one more movie, we’re out of wall space," said proud mom Emilie, who undoubtedly will add all the walls she needs to celebrate the happily-ever-after years ahead.