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Nodding to Frank Lloyd Wright, $510K midcentury modern called ‘purist’s dream’

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Near Marietta Square, cypress-clad 1950s dwelling in time-capsule condition has struggled to sell, however

A midcentury modern for sale in Marietta.
The great room’s fireplace by Crab Orchard and natural light via walls of windows, including clerestories.
Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta

Clad in old-growth cypress and chockfull of signature midcentury modern elements inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright designs, this 1954 Cobb County dwelling is aptly marketed as “a purist’s dream” for anyone seeking an unspoiled relic of the era.

But despite a reborn appreciation for metro Atlanta MCM houses and, more generally, Mad Men-era aesthetics in recent years, this well-kept OTP time capsule has failed to move off the market in nearly three months. That’s despite a $25,000 price reduction in early October.

The current ask: $510,000.

Roughly 18 miles from Midtown Atlanta, the home is tucked on 1.6 acres that border the Marietta City Golf Club, about two miles southeast of the Marietta Square.

According to listing agent William Bedgood, of Keller Williams Realty Intown Atlanta, the home was likely built by a California engineer who’d relocated to Marietta in the early 1950s to work for aeronautics company Lockheed Martin, a major employer in the area.

Apparently, it was built well.

Beneath a roof that’s still water-tight, and sealed within durable post-and-beam construction, the home’s plumbing and electrical systems (like the bulk of the kitchen and bathrooms) are all original and “in excellent working order,” per the listing description.

Marketed as a potential getaway “cabin”—which could undersell its 3,100 square feet—the home sits on a hilltop, banked by trees. The great room’s wall of windows, including a line of clerestories, faces east for morning warmth. It opens into a huge glassed sunroom.

Moving inside, the ceilings are tongue-and-groove, naturally, and the walls, paneling, and cabinets are various shades of pine.

Three of four bedrooms, including the master suite, have original built-in desks and chests of drawers.

A hat-tip to listing pics that accentuate the details, such as original bathroom tiling, sinks, the hand-rubbed cypress, and period sconces on the porch.

The sort of things that almost look better after 60 years.