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$485K East Lake remodel proclaimed ‘the one you’ve been dreaming of’

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Hurry, the listing advises, because “houses like this one don’t come around often”

A renovated cottage in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta.
A perky disposition on Hosea.
Keller Williams

Intowners scouting eastside streets for a charming old home for less than a half-million bucks could find this East Lake option appealing—if not, as the listing insists, a dream come true.

Here on Hosea Williams Drive, the marketing language is hyperbole central—”... your renovated picture perfect East Lake home,” plus, “... the one that you’ve been dreaming of,” and lest we forget, “... houses like this one don’t come around often”—but the enthusiasm is applaudable.

And in many respects, understandable.

Set behind a pretty front yard, with a facade that takes “rocking-chair porch” literally, the circa-1930 traditional appears well-kept, with a renovation that can’t be too old.

Moving inside, find four bedrooms and a little more than 1,700 square feet, but just two bathrooms. Rooms are hardly vast, but the fireplace charms as much as the hardwoods gleam.

With its farm sink and butcher-block countertops, the kitchen has it charms, though the layout might irk some open-concept adherents. It isn’t wanting for trendy finishes either, what with the open-shelving, subway tiles, and shiplap-y ceiling.

But the main attraction here—for anyone without lawnmower allergies—could be the deep, versatile, terraced backyard. It serves up not only a roomy patio(s), garden, and secluded fire pit, but a rare basketball court that doubles as gated parking.

The 52 WalkScore won’t trigger backflips of glee among urbanists. But the location is definitely an easy stroll from leafy McKoy Park and the culinary attractions of Oakhurst Village and, even closer, the blossoming Hosea+2nd development.

The price, as posted today: $484,900.