When it comes to compelling older houses, the north-ITP wedge of Atlanta between interstates 85 and 285 near Spaghetti Junction is a wellspring. And this recently listed midcentury property that defies classification is no exception.
Built in 1963 of extruded mortar, this four-bedroom amalgamation of influences is tucked on a large lot in Amberwood, a community of just 110 residences (seven of which, we’re told, were designed by Atlanta’s own Robert Green, the late architect who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West).
The melding of midcentury modern and free-flowing Spanish styles here suggests FLW could have planned this puppy while hopped up on sangria. Beneath the W-shaped, folded-plate roof is a mix of scrolled iron grills and gates, long California-style roof beams, Moroccan-tile flooring, and arched windows framing old-world gardens. In the living room, the stone walls in combination with the sunken bar are just a trip.
There’s a lot of house here (3,645 square feet) and an indoor hot-tub spa that the listing agent suggests could be easily converted back into a fourth bedroom. If the $425,000 asking price seems like highway robbery, consider that the kitchen functions now but — like other aspects of the property — could greatly benefit from updates.
It’s tough to tell how practical the open-roof patio is, but it’s certainly a unique feature and a surefire hit for parties. The laundry room (not pictured, unfortunately) is said to have a commode.
"It’s been lovingly maintained and will need some updating," says Jo Gipson of Keller Williams Realty, "but wow, what a place to nurture."