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$1.1M midcentury dwelling in Buckhead floated as possible teardown

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To renovate or subdivide on West Wesley Road? That is the question

The foyer of a midcentury modern home for sale in Buckhead right now.
With its eclectic wall hangings, the foyer leans funky.
Harry Norman Realtors

Sited on a scenic hill, with wintertime views that capture Atlanta’s skyline, this 1952 Buckhead residence is the latest example of a midcentury-era, intown offering with dirt that might be more valuable than the home itself.

As Atlanta’s housing market has reached a boil, and the desire for larger lots in choice places has grown, ranches and more noteworthy midcentury modern dwellings have been offered as potential building sites more frequently, sometimes with prices north of $700,00.

And sometimes with prices way beyond that number.

Such is the case here, on esteemed West Wesley Road, just east of Interstate 75 and around the corner from highly rated Morris Brandon Elementary School.

The totally livable four-bedroom on 1.3 acres presents, as the listing puts it, a “great opportunity to renovate a custom midcentury home with great architectural detail and high ceiling height.”

Or ... “[the] additional possibility for subdivision into two lots.”

Beyond the touted views, there’s much to admire here, despite a very brief listing description (sans square footage numbers) that could smack as uninspired.

It might lack angular midcentury pizzaz in the Eichler sense, but from the stone porch to arched living-room ceilings and resuscitated hardwoods throughout, the property clearly has old soul.

Tucked up and away from the street, with a meandering drive, the home also counts a drive-under, two-car garage, no shortage of sunny yard, and a relatively new kitchen.

It listed two weeks ago at $1,150,000 and endured an unremarkable $50,000 discount this week. At that price, will anyone come calling besides homebuilders on bulldozers?