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Is Turreted Buckhead 'Icon' a $1.5 Million Fairytale?

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In a land far, far away called West Wesley Road, this $1.49 million Buckhead listing has a distinctive, Rapunzel-ready turret that qualifies it as "iconic," according the listing agent. It also makes the circa-1930, five-bedroom house emblematic of a yesteryear Atlanta architecture firm that could be underrated: Frazier and Bodin. The duo designed most pre-World War II homes in Tuxedo Park and the estate of golf icon Bobby Jones. "During the formative years of what is now considered 'Old Atlanta,'" notes Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, "Charles Frazier and Dan Bodin produced as important commissions as their more renowned peers and had a client list that could match any firm in the city." The architects sited this 4,654-square-footer — all wrapped in gorgeously decaying white brick — on more than an acre, artfully embracing the topography. The property spans back to a tennis court that, as the agent suggests, could be swapped for a pool. The interiors are an exercise in understated elegance (the kitchen backsplash notwithstanding) with exposed wood beams and a multitude of pretty fireplaces. The old circular staircase is downright poetic. If Rapunzel has the budget for this castle, she might never leave.

· 290 W. Wesley Road [Estately]
· Frazier and Bodin [Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles]