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Meet Avondale Estates’s priciest home—a ‘Zen-filled retreat’ seeking $1.1M

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East of Atlanta, can 20-foot ceilings, heated bathroom floors, and a meditation shelter bring enlightenment?

A one-story ranch home with an asian-style entrance.
Not your everyday Avondale home entrance at 917 Stratford Road.
Origins Real Estate; photography by Traci Kruger

The most expensive home listing in Avondale Estates at the moment is a spacious 1950 ranch that’s been reimagined and reconfigured as something drastically different: an Asian-influenced “Zen-filled retreat” with its own nickname, “Blessed.”

This custom five-bedroom with nearly 4,700 square feet and a meditation shelter in the backyard stands around the corner from the DeKalb County city’s eponymous lake.

It listed in mid-November with Origins Real Estate at $1.1 million, where it remains. The price obviously reflects the huge footprint—and holy-moly features such as towering 20-foot ceilings and a Tokonoma alcove.

Only a handful of Avondale Estates homes have sold for north of $800,000 in recent years, property records indicate.

A huge hallway with tall ceilings in an update house.
Off the entrance, an unexpectedly “grand hallway” that divides rooms with different functions.

Highlighted by wood beams, the soaring hallway off the entry immediately informs visitors they’re no longer in the Kansas of typical DeKalb ranches anymore. It serves to separate sleeping spaces from those made for living and dining—and to make an impression.

Elsewhere on the property is a three-car garage, dramatic roof additions over the entry (echoed in the back), a full downstairs gym area, and almost no risk of feeling claustrophobic.

But whether buyers will find this deal a blessed offering remains to be seen.

A living and dining room area with beige walls and a several chairs.
With archways and a stone fireplace, the living and dining rooms harken the ranch’s original look.
A huge living room with some 20-foot ceilings.
The 20-foot ceilings are apparent in the main living space.
The kitchen includes a China hutch in the butler’s pantry and, like the backyard, built-in sound.
A very tall hallway with wood on the ceiling.
An airy living room and a stairway to the basement.
A large white bedroom with a dark ceiling fan overhead.
The roomy owner’s suite.
An off-white master bathroom with large mirrors and two vanities.
Described as a “spa-worthy oasis,” the master bathroom has heated floors, a water closet, and a large walk-in shower.
A home gym with an elliptical and mirrored wall.
Beneath the main living space is this home fitness room on the terrace level. Also down here: two multipurpose rooms, a guest suite, and a tucked-away, all-weather porch.
A fenced backyard behind a large ranch house.
The fenced backyard boasts a fire pit, built-in grill, raised gardens, and of course a “meditation shelter.”