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In Old Fourth Ward, ‘Atlanta’s most important house’ of ’18 has listed

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Narrow, envelope-pushing modern dwelling, the Mews House, is asking $775K for 1,700 square feet

A photo of An “unpretentious” and certainly outside-the-box approach on Daniel Street.
An “unpretentious” and certainly outside-the-box approach on Daniel Street.
Keller Knapp

Up the street from Krog Street Market in Old Fourth Ward, an atypical contemporary home alternately described by marketers as Atlanta’s “most important” and “most significant” new dwelling of 2018 has listed.

The so-called Mews House off Edgewood Avenue was designed to puzzle into one of the city’s smallest single-family lots—a 20-foot-wide, 75-foot-deep Daniel Street postage stamp, its architect, Alex Wu of Alexander Wu Architects, recently told Curbed Atlanta.

It’s a stylistic departure from much of Atlanta’s modern housing stock in recent years, with a simplified gabled form that’s juxtaposed with a brick box and sheathed in batten and vertical board. It was inspired by mews—or carriage—houses in London that’ve been converted to residences.

The listing agent, Natalie Martinez of Keller Knapp Realty, says the “unpretentious” three-story was a particular hit during MA!’s Atlanta Design Festival tours earlier this month.

“This entire block is changing pretty fast,” writes Martinez in an email. “Another modern is popping up beside this one, and I’ll be listing a modern at the corner of Gartrell and Daniel [streets] later in the year.”

Geared toward the “true minimalist who loves architectural design,” per the listing, the three-bedroom, two and half bathroom project counts an even (and rather narrow) 1,700 square feet.

With a $775,000 asking price, that’s north of $450 per square foot.

Inside, handsome floating stairs (made of fabricated maple plywood) provide a contrast to the brick and blue panels, while compress-release tactics are clearly at work between the kitchen and soaring living-room space.

The pebbled driveway continues around back to a patio, with partial privacy provided by walls of cinderblock.

The listing also invites potential buyers to soak in city and sunset views while “planning your rooftop oasis,” which appears to be a reference to the street-facing, flat-topped area without railings, for now.