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Buckhead midcentury modern harkens Eichler, summons $600K

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Enlivened 1957 property is one cool customer in Brandon Elementary district

A midcentury modern residence off West Wesley Road in Buckhead.
The angular, low-slung exterior tucked among two acres.
Domo Realty

Descriptors such as “airy,” “light-filled,” and “stylishly vintage” are the overworked mules of broker babble, but they’d all be comfortably and justifiably at home in this new Buckhead listing.

Built in 1957, this four-bedroom pad on West Wesley Road, neighboring Interstate 75, is the type of property that makes the case for midcentury-modern architects being visionaries, as its bones and generally logical layout still seem fresh.

Per the listing, it draws inspiration from builder Joseph Eichler, the California pioneer who brought modernist homes to the masses—and whose creations are coveted decades later.

Listed at $599,900 this week, the house boasts a minimalist, modernized kitchen with updates that haven’t bastardized the original design; meanwhile, bathrooms have incorporated original midcentury tile in what the listing describes as “primo condition.”

Other perks include the ample 2,919 square feet, a double-sided fireplace shared by living and dining rooms, legitimate walls of glass, and the unexpected (but somehow appropriate) presence of sliding barn doors throughout.

The exposed-brick motif (using all original walls) corresponds nicely with terrazzo floors and such lofted tongue-and-groove ceilings, all punctuated by elegant contemporary lighting.

Elsewhere, the spacious back patio, starving for a hot tub and fire pit, overlooks a forested back yard that could serve as a grassy play area or blank slate.

If the asking price for this “gem” of a house—with this much land (two acres), in this school district (Brandon Elementary)—seems puzzlingly low, maybe the nearby freeway or scant bathroom count (two and 12 total) are to blame?

Whatever the case, the shortcomings seem few.