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Following remodel, Buckhead Tudor with architectural pedigree requests $2.9M

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Architects of Peachtree Heights West residence designed Georgia Tech buildings, downtown high-rises

An old Tudor home for sale in Atlanta.
A Habersham Road resident since the Roaring Twenties.
Ansley Atlanta Real Estate

A 1920s Peachtree Heights West residence designed by one of Atlanta’s most historically important architecture firms is sporting a fresh face and ambitious pricing to match.

Built in 1925 on Habersham Road, tucked off Peachtree Road near Atlanta Memorial Park, this classic Tudor by the Pringle and Smith firm has listed for $2,895,000, following a renovation by Kay Douglass Interiors.

One’s inclined to say that staging could have done wonders to warm the blank-slate interiors, but maybe buyers at this price point have adequate imaginations.

It’s the latest example of houses and condos in the Peachtree Heights West section of Buckhead to list for north of $2 million. About a dozen are currently for sale at that price or more, and houses marked as high as $4.9 million have scored pending offers.

Classified in the Tudor category, it has the telltale steep roof and elaborate doorway but is missing the decorative half-timbering and storybook elements of other Tudors in the general area.

While a bit icy, as is, the crisp interior lends surprises, such as iron doors and windows and a (relatively) cozy media space with shiplap for miles.

Like the top-shelf, marble-clad kitchen, the outdoor lounge with a beefy fireplace is a plus, and ditto for the three-car garage with an included apartment. The master bathroom, meanwhile, is a spacious, understated showpiece.

The laundry room, while missing a sink, includes a rare island and studio-size dimensions.

Despite the price, the home isn’t incomprehensibly humongous, counting five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms among 5,322 square feet. (The breakdown: $543 per square foot).

As for the architectural pedigree, Francis Palmer Smith (of Pringle and Smith) was among the early leaders of Georgia Tech’s architecture school, where his pupils included none other than Philip Shutze and where collegiate buildings he designed still stand.

Smith and his partner were also early modernist skyscraper builders in cities such as Miami, Jacksonville, and Atlanta, where their contributions include the Beaux-Arts style W. W. Orr Building (1930) and award-winning William-Oliver Building (also 1930), according to the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Property records indicate the home last traded in January for $1.82 million. It’s sold for as little as $390,000, back in 1981.