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Progress Or Pity? $950K Contemporary To Replace 1942 Home

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It's a debate as old as time: Maintaining the history of neighborhoods versus building flashy new homes. At 447 Ansley Street in Oakhurst, progress has won over nostalgia. Wrecking balls are headed for this 1942 four-bedroom, two-bath house, which was sold for $340,000 at a foreclosure auction in March. On its grave, a contemporary worth nearly three times as much will rise. The little yellow fella came in at 1,452 square feet. Its 4,271-square-foot replacement, designed by architect Eric Rawlings of Rawlings Design, will feature six bedrooms, six bathrooms, a two-car carport and lots of 90-degree angles. The property sits in the coveted Decatur school district, but even still, the new structure's $950,000 price tag will make it the most expensive home in the immediate vicinity by a fairly large margin.

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· 447 Ansley Street [Zillow]
· 447 Ansley [Ruined Decatur]
["Before" photos by Curbed Atlanta.]