Prepping for the Property Brothers

Eager for Jonathan and Drew's arrival, we invented a fictional scenario taking place in Decatur complete with a dream home and fixers.

Photo by: Home Tour America This city of Decatur midcentury ranch was completely gut-renovated to create an Atlanta couple's dream home. 

There’s a lot of excitement about Jonathan and Drew Scott’s pending Atlanta debut. The twins, hosts of HGTV’s hit show The Property Brothers, are currently looking for Atlanta couples searching for their ideal home.

We’re so in the spirit of things that we scoured the city for a dream home in one of the metro area’s most popular and sought-after neighborhoods: Decatur. We then picked two nearby homes for the brothers to pitch to a fictional Atlanta couple, fixers with potential. We should note that all three properties are really on the Atlanta market. 

Known for its outstanding public school system, historic square and plenty of green space, Decatur real estate gets scooped up fast as more and more families flock to the area. The architectural styles vary with 1920s Craftsman bungalows situated next door to new construction.

Dreaming of 500 Glendale

Chosen for its proximity to the lauded Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High is a handsome midcentury ranch. 500 Glendale is also located within walking distance of dining, shopping, coffee houses, libraries and public transportation. The home, an entertainer’s dream, was meticulously renovated by Walker Intown Renewal and the owners, who spared little to no expense on everything from custom cabinetry and granite countertops in the kitchen to romantic lighting and high-end fixtures in the master bath. The large family room features an entire wall of custom built-ins and a refurbished fireplace. There’s also an in-law suite and full finished basement. The professionally landscaped grounds encompass over an acre and back up to Glenlake Park and Pool.

The price for this perfection is just under $900,000 and complete details can be found at Realty Associates of Atlanta. Let’s pretend that our buyer’s budget is $350,000. This home is obviously not an option. So it’s time for Drew and Jonathan to get busy and find two homes to whip into shape.

Home for the Holidays House

We nicknamed the first fixer “Home for the Holidays” because it’s just like waking up at Grandma’s. Located just outside the city of Decatur, the 2,400-square-foot home is close to all the amenities that make the area popular, like quality restaurants, farmers’ markets and shopping. It is also near plenty of private schools including several Montessori schools, the Friends School of Atlanta and the Hirsch Academy.

Built in 1962 the split-level has four decent-sized bedrooms and three full — very dated — baths, though we love the retro green tile in the master bath. Like the dream home, there is lots of space for entertaining, and according to the listing, hardwoods underneath the dated shag carpet. The kitchen is a total gut job and we’re overlooking the wallpaper and feasting our eyes on the backyard. The patio is truly the selling point of the home, a feature we love about the dream home.

The $257,000 price tag is fairly average for the area, and in this white-hot market it could go fast. So we think that Drew would advise offering asking price as comparable sales appear to be in need of updates as well, leaving him little wiggle room and Jonathan with a lot of work. 

Dated Details House

Less than 15 minutes away from our dream home — depending on unpredictable Atlanta traffic, of course — is the neighborhood of Embry Hills. The neighborhood sits south of Doraville, east of Chamblee and north of Tucker, but the mailing address is Atlanta proper. It is also located “ITP” (inside the perimeter), a desirable moniker for Atlanta’s hipper set.

In the early '50s, brothers Jack, James and Neal Embry bought roughly 600 acres of farmland, developed it and built close to 300 homes on the land, mostly rambling brick ranches and sprawling split-levels. Now, as the original homeowners age and retire, growing families are moving in, attracted by lower home prices per square foot and no doubt the established Embry Hills Swim and Tennis Club and the nearby Mary Scott Nature Park.

Offered at $249,900, the “Dated Details” home is a split-level located on a quiet cul-de-sac street and looks as if it had only one owner. The hardwood floors are immaculate and show little sign of wear; however, much about the home needs Jonathan’s magic. Replacing the deck on the front and removing the storm door will give the home instant curb appeal. Inside the layout is a bit awkward and the bright kitchen needs opening up and new appliances and cabinetry to match Glendale. Though they are clean and functional, the bathrooms scream for the 21st century. Downstairs is a wagon-wheel light fixture worthy of a line in When Harry Met Sally, the Golden Years.

The home was listed on the Atlanta MLS more than 100 days ago, which could be a bit of a red flag. Two other homes on the street sold for $210,000; consequently, we think Drew’s move would be to recommend a full home inspection and negotiating the price down. That would leave Jonathan a great opportunity to bring new life to this property, “on time and within the max budget.”



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