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In Druid Hills, midcentury modern treasure is ‘unadulterated’ for $799K

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Stylish four-bedroom maximizes tranquil setting near Emory University

A great example of preserved midcentury modern architecture in Atlanta’s Druid Hills.
Stone and cypress, complementing tranquil surroundings.
DOMO Realty

It’s not every day an Atlanta house flaunts historical significance, contemporary style, and painstaking preservation under the same (flat) roof.

But such is the case with this McQueen-cool midcentury modern in Druid Hills, with rejuvenated but unmarred architecture from 1953 that still looks cutting-edge.

The listing volleys descriptions such as “impeccable,” “unadulterated,” “pure,” and “perfect”—and none smack as overreaching here.

Furnished like a Design Within Reach showroom—with no shortage of complementing, high-style antiques—these 3,335 square feet offer four bedrooms, three and 12 bathrooms, a double-sided fireplace, and refreshed hardwoods that play nicely with flagstone and slate.

Each room, it seems, is full of windows.

Tucked away in the leafy environs just south of Emory Village, it’s the work of noted Atlanta architect Isaac “Ike” Saporta, a Georgia Tech associate professor of architecture from 1948 to 1978 and an early champion of regional (and human-scale) planning around the city.

At the back of the home, vast banks of windows frame a verdant summertime backdrop; below, a patio is canopied by the trees, with views into the finished basement (with groovy wet bar).

Outside, the exterior of cypress wood has been “hand-stripped and returned to its original beauty,” per the listing. Elsewhere, the property lacks a garage, and the carport could be a tight squeeze for two non-Mini vehicles.

Records indicate the home hasn’t traded for a decade, having last moved for $710,000 in 2007. The mod marble kitchen and a commercial-grade roof have been added since, lending modern-day oomph to what the ’50s got right.