Buckhead Midcentury Modern Seeks New Owner

The latest trend in Atlanta real estate is to mow over a midcentury modern and put up a McMansion.

Photo by: The VSI Group We love this Atlanta home's long turnaround driveway, landscaping and the evergreens that tower over it. 

There are two things in the Atlanta real estate market becoming more and more scarce by the week: True midcentury-modern homes and acreage in Buckhead. If you aren't familiar with the area of Atlanta known as Buckhead, it is a very tony and posh part of town with sticker prices well into the millions. The wide and winding streets are lined with century-old oak trees and Georgia pines, dotted with dogwoods, azaleas, blooming magnolias and radiant American Beauties. 

Traditionally, Buckhead is known to be the home of Atlanta's old guard, but over the past 20 years or so that has changed, with the nouveau riche laying down roots. There you will find the finest public schools as well as a concentration of the best private institutions in the Southeast. So, as you can imagine, real estate goes for a premium. While some estates sit on up to 15 acres of land, other homes are not afforded much privacy at all. 

Architecturally, Buckhead delivers a mixed bag of styles. It is not uncommon to see a 1920s Tudor mansion next door to a sleek and minimalist modern. Across the street, you'll find a massive Mediterranean adjacent to a sprawling castle-like château. In Buckhead, it seems bigger is better. While we are not knocking new construction, it seems the latest craze in homebuilding in Buckhead is to tear down a midcentury modern and replace it with a McCastle. Every time we see one come on the market, we hold our breath and hope that whoever buys the home will actually live in it and not tear it down. The same thing appears to be happening all too often in Los Angeles as well.

Consequently, we are calling on all midcentury-modern lovers and letting you know when one of these gems comes on the market. We found one on old Ivy Road, one of our favorite streets in Buckhead. The sprawling home boasts around 6,000 square feet, six bedrooms, five bathrooms, immaculate hardwood floors, and incredible wide windows that overlook the saltwater pool and the half-regulation size basketball court. It also has a dumbwaiter. 

The home was built in 1957 and it has seen many birthdays, proms, anniversaries, cocktail parties and all the other events that come with a full life.

The spacious basement could easily be used as an in-law suite or teenage getaway. Naturally, a home of this age could use some updates, especially the kitchen, but we think most of it is pretty charming as-is. Old Ivy's asking price is $875,000 and listed with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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