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$1.7M Home On A Hill Is Historic — And Very Circular

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Perched on piney hill in Sandy Springs, this circular mid-century home could be bulldozer bait unless buyers can see beyond its datedness. Noted Atlanta architect Ike Saporta, the original new urbanist, personally selected this site between Northside Drive and Powers Ferry Road and designed the four-bedroom saucer-house for its current owners. That was 50 years ago. It's a safe bet this place was the bee's knees back in 1965, but it doesn't appear to have been updated much since, especially in the woefully old-school kitchen, which features a washer and dryer. So for $1.69 million, buyers get 2,500 square feet of vintage everything, a fireplace nucleus and a rare 360-degree porch. Thus, the broker babble stresses the virtues of the land itself.

One listing service calls this "one of the most exclusive single-family home sites in Atlanta" and points out the "extended driveway with lush vegetation." Almost any new home and pool imaginable, save the Holyfield compound, could fit on these 6.7 acres. But wouldn't that be forsaking the saucer's historical value? Tuesday trivia: While working as a Georgia Tech professor, Saporta (father of longtime Atlanta journalist Maria) became known as "Mr. Piedmont Park." How? He spearheaded a campaign to stop a sewage-treatment facility from being built in the middle of the park, which he called Atlanta's front yard.

· 935 Crest Valley Drive [Redfin]
· Ike Saporta: Greek freedom-fighter, American architect [Examiner]