Set between two towering chimneys, this painstakingly preserved Inman Park traditional predates the Ford Model T, and it’s come to market for the first time in decades this week, looking impressively grand but not gaudy.
Built in 1907, the four-bedroom residence occupies a huge lot on Seminole Avenue, a few yards from the commercial hubbub of northern Little Five Points, which helps explain the sterling 88 WalkScore.
With the aforementioned chimneys and the mother of Atlanta rocking-chair porches, the curb appeal, like the square footage (3,334), is big here. The fluted pillars of ionic columns crown the front porch and are echoed within, from the main stair to fireplaces.
Meanwhile, arched and lattice-light windows complement period aspects such as coffered ceilings and gorgeous pocket doors.
For fans of vintage, historical style, it could be, as the listing insists, the “grand Inman Park home you have been waiting for!” because, “homes like this do not come on the market often!”
Indeed, the current owners have been meticulously maintaining the house for the past 38 years, per the listing.
Considering the price (and this being Atlanta, after all) sticking points could include a lack of covered parking and a bathroom count (two and a half) you’d expect with much more modestly sized bungalows.
Then again, the neighborhood has cachet as strong as any intown, with walkable destinations that have multiplied in recent years. And the home presents an opportunity to be formal and respectful of the past without coming off as stuffy and pretentious.
Per city records, the property last traded in the summer of 1980, back when Inman Park was still crawling out of years of disinvestment and blight.
The sales price then? $112,000.
Capturing a sale anywhere near the $1,390,000 asking price, as posted this week, would surely be a reward (and refund) for so much upkeep and sweat equity.