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Inside a $1.3M Buckhead midcentury modern’s dramatic overhaul

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Tucked-away, five-bedroom property from 1957 has fresh face, deep ties to Georgia Tech.

A midcentury modern home in Buckhead shown last year and now.
Quite a difference one year makes.
Images of renovation: Mary Powell Photography, via Westmoore Realty

When this midcentury modern property in Buckhead last blipped the radar in November, it was scraggly with stained carpeting, weedy landscaping, dated wallpaper, and a tight kitchen.

While the potential was diamond-in-the-rough huge, it was also apparently $100,000 overpriced at the time, asking $735,000.

This week, the 1957 relic is back—with a sparkling new look and beefed-up, post-renovation asking price of $1.295 million. In places, it appears little more than fresh paint was applied; others were drastically reimagined and reformed.

Tucked off Northside Parkway, around the corner from Ok Cafe, the five-bedroom, five and 12-bathroom pad has an interesting architectural pedigree: It was designed by Henry Howard Smith, son and partner of Francis Palmer Smith, the first dean of architecture at Georgia Tech.

Sixty years later, noticeable changes begin immediately.

The 3322 Pinestream Road property in 2016, and today.

The under-home carport was transformed into a two-car garage with glass doors—an update that didn’t totally sacrifice the simplicity of the facade. Beside that, a lantern-lit foyer includes a commercial-grade glass door, which opens to reveal a vast open-concept kitchen and living space.

A nifty touch is the handmade barn doors of wood and glass that unveil a rather glorious sunroom. Here, the tongue-and-groove walls and ceilings were retained, juxtaposed now with what’s described as “marble blast concrete flooring.” Which looks slick. Literally.

An extra bedroom and one and 12 bathrooms were added in the transformation, all looking sufficiently 2017. The revived floorplan counts 3,786 square feet overall.

Hugging a hillside, the home sits on a half-acre yard with (thankfully retained) stone patios, surrounded by hardwoods.

Before, the residence was marketed as a “renovator’s dream ... with fabulous bones!” Whether buyers will realize that same dream at $1.3 million remains to be seen.

The simpler wood exterior, prior to renovations.
Before photos: Georgia MLS

It sold for $635,000 just before Christmas in this condition:

The property today: