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1990s North Buckhead contemporary by Franz Schneider lists for $950K

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Patio-topped modern on a rolling lot still looks fresh, by and large

A photo of a sweeping, myrtle-line driveway in North Buckhead.
A sweeping, myrtle-lined driveway in North Buckhead.
Keller Williams Buckhead

This Olympics-era modern by the late architect and builder Franz Schneider proves again that Atlanta’s obsession with patio-topped contemporary dwellings is nothing new.

Built in 1996 just north of Phipps Plaza off Ga. Highway 400, the home uses soaring living spaces and abundant windows to harness natural light, as with other Schneider designs around the city.

From the roof to the backyard hedges, the four-bedroom property looks remarkably well-maintained, although some aspects appear more current than others.

Speaking of the roof, the wide-open terrace up there with treetop and mansion views is a versatile predecessor to the crown of every other new house in Old Fourth Ward these days.

It’s hardly a sprawler at 2,648 square feet, but the quadruple helping of levels provides nice separation of space. The listing notes that a bonus loft could function as a fifth bedroom, while other perks include a not-1990s kitchen island of water-falling quartz and two ancillary patios.

On the flip side, some buyers might cringe at a carpet-covered landing and stairs, and the asking price of $950,000 is considerable for a residence that’s relatively modest in scale for the area.

Beyond Buckhead, examples of Schneider’s work remain in Morningside, Brookhaven, and especially Berkeley Park. He died suddenly in 2013, but his passion for contemporary design, over the course of 30 years, “impacted the landscape of intown … before modern design took hold,” as his obituary put it.

That certainly holds true in North Buckhead.