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Battle Royale of Beefy New-Builds in Lake Claire, Kirkwood

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Say you're on the hunt for a traditional-style intown Atlanta home — and you're just a tad claustrophobic. You need space, dang it! Rooms like racquetball courts! Porches like landing strips! And you're hellbent to stay under $700,000. These bulky new-builds in neighboring Kirkwood and Lake Claire have blipped your radar. One's bigger, pricier and probably more prestigious, but the other has a quieter setting and walkability to two villages of bars and restaurants. It's a tough call. So let's toss these big boys in a hypothetical cage and see which one prevails. It's time for Real Estate Deathmatch.

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LAKE CLAIRE


2076 DeKalb Ave. NE
Price: $674,900 (recent chop: $24K)
Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 5
Square footage: 3,500
Year built: 2015
Walk Score: 63
Extra special features: Large sweat-tea porch with ceiling fans and generously sized rooms galore, including the walk-in laundry with a big-old sink.

This discounted, six-bedroom traditional is part of a row of new-builds in Lake Claire, not far from Decatur. Inside you'll find a stately foyer, upgraded appliances and a screened porch and deck overlooking the backyard. It's zoned for solid schools, beginning with Mary Lin Elementary, but sits directly on busy DeKalb Avenue.

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KIRKWOOD:


21 Lakeview Drive NE
Price: $599,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Square footage: 3,050
Year built: 2015
Walk Score: 64
Extra special features: Interior finishes described as "leading edge" that include "smart storage" and a "chic lighting package." Alley access into a detached two-car garage.

This Craftsman-style beefcake is perched on a hill, on a quieter street, basically equidistant to the commercial villages of both Kirkwood and Oakhurst. The master suite is a highlight, with a top-notch, spa-like bathroom that features double rainfall showerheads. It's been finished and available for several months.

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