Move-In Ready Midcentury Modern

Built in 1967, this home is great for a growing family or couples who like to entertain.

Chapman Hall Realty The home is located in the Margaret Mitchell neighborhood of Buckhead and is convenient to downtown via I-75. 

Up for grabs is a gut-renovated midcentury modern home that was thankfully spared the wrecking ball. The Wender family of the Wender Roberts Drugstore in Buckhead owned the 3,500-square-foot home until 2012. The historic store opened in 1918 and is still in operation. 

Located in what is known as the Margaret Mitchell section of Buckhead, the Wender home sat on the market for months; sadly, there were no takers and the bank foreclosed. It was obvious that everything would need updating, especially the dreadful carpets, outdated kitchen appliances and lackluster bathroom fixtures. 

According to city data, it was purchased for $255,000 and the new owners gutted the property and replaced all the original details with brand new everything, making the home turnkey and move-in ready. Purists of midcentury modern interiors, however, would certainly cringe had they seen some of the quirky authentic charm ripped from the home. For example, the family room once had a terrarium complete with green shag carpet and there was a double-sided stone fireplace that divided the kitchen from the family room. 

The basic layout and shape of the windows remains the same. It has five spacious bedrooms, three full baths and two half baths. In true midcentury layout, the master suite is located at the farthest end of the home down a long hallway. It has a private master bath and his and her walk in closets. There’s a garden soaker tub and separate shower with dual showerheads. The sliding glass doors that lead to the gutted patio were replaced with energy efficient French doors. 

Downstairs is a huge rumpus room great for teens, live-in au pair or an elderly family member as it has its own entrance and kitchenette. Though it sits on one acre, there is not much to speak of it terms of a backyard, perfect for those who don’t like pushing a mower. It’s on a cul-de-sac, near I-75 and in a fantastic public school district. It would not score high in terms of walkability and the new residents will definitely be car-dependent. 

A lot of money was spent on crown moldings, new wood floors, a really cool wet bar off of the kitchen, landscaping and the outside paint job that was unnecessary. They painted over the original brick, a big midcentury no no. But, we’ll say it again – we’re just happy it wasn't mowed over for another Buckhead mansion. 

The current asking price is $775,000 and you can see the full listing at Chapman Hall Realty.

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