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In Lake Claire, 1914 American Foursquare classic has been reduced to $929K

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Handsome property “restored to original splendor” is $70K cheaper than its initial listing in May.

An American Foursquare home for sale in Atlanta’s Decatur.
Time-tested curb appeal.
Keller Knapp

If Betsy Ross was on the front porch humming Little Pink Houses with a mouthful of apple pie, it wouldn’t make this Lake Claire home any more American.

Standing sentry at 279 Oxford Place since the year World War I broke out, this American Foursquare classic is a handsome example of plain-faced symmetry and gracious proportions—yet it hasn’t exactly flown off the shelf.

Infused with modern conveniences and high-end touches (see: Viking appliances), the 4,100-square-footer has been, per the listing, “restored to [its] original splendor,” which means the type of aesthetic where porch curtains seem natural and not having an American flag would be flagrant.

Pertinent numbers: five bedrooms, four bathrooms, 10-foot ceilings, and a “meh” 56 WalkScore, which belies the fact that Lake Claire Park, Candler Park retail, and public transit are a breezy stroll from here.

Inside, the heart-of-pine flooring, clawfoot tub, smidgeon of stained glass, and other “period details at every turn” pair well with the ornate range hood and non-flashy hard surfaces.

Perks include the fully capable, above-garage apartment, smart house and home audio systems, and guest parking aplenty for Memorial Day shindigs.

In May, the home listed at $995,000 and has undergone incremental price-slices since, landing at $929,000 last week. Which might seem like a head-scratcher, all things considered.

Maybe its location within spitting distance of Drag Strip DeKalb Avenue is having an impact. The good news about the whooshing and whirring of nearby MARTA trains is that a station (East Lake) is just a few blocks away.