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Could this midcentury dwelling in coveted Buckhead district be groovy again?

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Or will the lush acreage near Lenox Square spell its doom?

A red midcentury style house with tall trees all around it and a red brick base.
A standing chance at 1057 Ferncliff Road NE? The listing seems to think so.
Listing/photos: Virtual Properties Realty

It’s not difficult to squint your eyes and see echoes of Atlanta’s new modern housing stock in this tucked-away, two-story dwelling from 1954.

There’s the stacked-stone wall acting as a facade feature, central axis, and interior walls. The large deck providing cover for a generous patio below. And that carport for protection from so many mature trees.

But could it all be for naught?

Throughout Buckhead and places like Ansley Park, listings have been serving midcentury-era houses on silver plates as bulldozer bait for several years, regardless of condition and renovation potential. Land in some Atlanta places is that valuable.

For a change, the marketing of this Pine Hills midcentury relic seems genuinely interested in emphasizing its attributes, although the 1.15-acre lot of “lush vegetation and trees” is mentioned twice. In all caps.

This “unique midcentury gem,” as the listing puts it, is set back from Ferncliff Road and buffered by towering pines. The location is easily walkable to Lenox Square and MARTA yet saddled with a 32 WalkScore.

A room with a wall of windows and a wall of stone with a fireplace.
A wall of windows and stacked-stone fireplace that wouldn’t look out of place in an O4W new build.

Asking $615,000 via Virtual Properties Realty, the home counts three sides of brick, three bedrooms, just two bathrooms, and room proportions that illustrate how much Homo sapiens have apparently grown in the past 60 years. Original hardwoods and hexagonal tiles could be made cool again with some polish.

City records peg the square footage at 1,336, which could seem low, based on the exterior stature.

Other aspects making this “an amazing opportunity” are the Sarah Smith School District and overall neighborhood feel that “reminds me of Hilton Head!” per the listing agent.

It last traded for $515,000, back in 2006. What’s in store the next time it changes hands?

A room with white walls and glass blocks and skylights.
Skylights in an upstairs living/dining space with deck access.
A wood-paneled kitchen and white appliances.
The inimitable old kitchen.
A bathroom with date tiling and a toilet at right.
More recent updates are apparent in the bathrooms.
A dated bathroom with red and white tiles and a toilet at right.
Throwback tiling.
A brick exterior patio and carport at an older home near the woods.
The deck, patio, and carport trifecta.