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Towering White Modern Slashes Price by Nearly $1 Million

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Tucked away off Monroe Drive near Piedmont Park, this towering architectural puzzle is described as being "streamline Moderne with nautical overtones" by a listing agent who later insists that words simply can't describe it. One appropriate adjective: unique. Another: empty. This 1992 house, spanning a crazy 7,642 square feet, came on the market a couple of years ago for $3.5 million. It's since been purged of furnishings and price-chopped down to $2.6 million. Maybe that'll do the trick. Maybe not. Perched on a hill, with partial Midtown views, this place was built by architect John Busby, whose firm (Jova/Daniels/Busby) designed the Carter Center and Colony Square, among other prominent Atlanta buildings. Probably the most amazing/oddest feature is the five-story tower walled in glass with a truly terrifying spiral staircase. Elsewhere, you'll find a four-story elevator and hundreds of thousands of dollars in custom cabinetry, per this Vimeo clip about the property. Note the entire wall of opaque glass blocks that were popular in yester-decade, and the outdoor pool with very little non-grass space for sunbathing. So the quality is clear, but the quirks are many.

· 742 Courtenay Court [Estately]

Atlanta Civic Center

395 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 404 523 6275