It's no secret that new, contemporary-style residences are popping up across the Atlanta landscape, but not everyone has time (or cash) for a customized architectural wonder. Enter: the modern spec home. We've rounded up three examples from current Atlanta listings — in three different neighborhoods — with clean simple lines that echo each other. Another commonality: each is quite rectangular, and tall.
1382 Hooper Ave NE
Square footage: 2,499
This tri-story Candler Park residence was first listed for $734,900 back in September and hasn't wooed the right buyer since. It stands one block from Freedom Park with a double-stack of back porches overlooking a private backyard. Note the lighting halos in the kitchen and master bathroom and the somewhat random presence of barn doors.
798 Stokeswood Ave. SE
Square footage: 2,371
This under-construction East Atlanta listing is touted as an "exquisite" and "one-of-a-kind modern home." The highlight is probably the top floor's roll-up glass wall, which opens the indoors to a private rear "sky patio." Other perks: the marble fireplace and chef's kitchen with a five-burner stove.
1278 Hosea L Williams Drive NE
Square footage: 2,600
The largest option on this shortlist can be found on Hosea Williams Drive in Edgewood, just off Moreland Avenue. The 2,600-square-footer is sprouting from the 1940 bones of an existing home on site. Renderings indicate the finished product with have a base of cinderblocks, a soaring back patio and flourishes of climbing plants.