If a home's desirability were gauged by its ability to withstand a natural disaster, the masses would probably be clamoring like zombies at this hefty brick fortress in Lake Claire. Built in 2003, this John Willis Craftsman home offers three bedrooms and two and ½ baths for $625,000. The floorplan is decidedly open, the breakfast bar filled with light, and the kitchen gaping, with the requisite granite and stained cabinetry for this era. Sutherland Place is a pretty pocket community tucked off DeKalb Avenue, where they've hidden the utilities underground and the homes and lofts are collectively beautiful. But for this money, we can't help wondering if this home's lacking in the authentic charm that buoys the neighborhood at large.
· 408 Sutherland Place NE [Estately]