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A Small Park of Your Own in Druid Hills

Back when Buckhead was considered to be out in the 'sticks,' many of Atlanta's finest families and business elite lived in the gracious, rolling Hills of Druid. The neighborhood's generally park-like feel was quite intentional (its lay out, after all, was the final community planning project of Frederick Law Olmstead, one of the designers of Central Park). But its genteel grandeur was enhanced by the fact that many of the individual home sites were practically parks of their own, as seen out of the master bathroom of this house. Yes, the opportunity to own one of these splendid mini-estates is upon us, as a 1923 home on Springdale (surely one of Druid Hills' prettiest streets, especially in the coming weeks) has recently come to market. While it may strike some as a bit dated, the house has been magnificently preserved, and details like the tile roof and wood floors convey a sense of timeless historical luxury. As pointed out in the broker babble, the 1.15 acre lot (or "grounds," to use their word) could easily accommodate a pool and/or tennis court. The lot alone would seem worth a substantial chunk of $1,195,000 list price which (obviously) also includes the nearly 3,400 square foot house. While the structure will require generous TLC both upfront and on an ongoing basis, ''tis a small price to pay for ownership of a timeless classic.

· 957 Springdale Road NE [Harry Norman]