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Inside a midcentury modern revival off Northside Drive, asking $1.5M

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Now that’s a conversation pit

An MCM house for sale in Sandy Springs right now.
From the back, Wrightian influences and an artful embrace of topography.
Photography by Michael Lothner, courtesy of Team 360 ATL-Compass, unless noted

The days of ubiquitous carpeting and dated wood paneling are behind this 1960s hillside property in Sandy Springs, but that’s not to say it doesn’t retain a certain inimitable grooviness—and Wrightian influences—from the era.

Built in 1965 off Northside Drive, between Chastain Park and Interstate 285, the two-level midcentury modern was extensively renovated last year by LDK for Home + Garden, an Atlanta-based interior design studio, alongside architect Rick Bizot.

“Our goal was to maintain the home’s spacious rooms while creating new areas to support a growing family,” while tackling “significant” architectural issues inside, wrote the firm’s Linda Dove Keenan of the project.

The home’s original architect isn’t known, at least for now. We’ve checked with longtime Atlanta architects, the design team, and others—and nobody is sure.

It’s being listed for sale next week for $1.49 million, and marketers have shared photos and background in advance. Highlights below.

The low-slung “California contemporary” facade from Vernon Springs Trail.
Modernized entry gate.

Before:

In the foyer, a staircase was removed and the floor extended to allow for a more dramatic entrance.
LDK for Home & Garden
Updated entryway.
Modernized route to the downstairs lounge today.

Before:

A carpeted main living area with dated paneling.
LDK for Home & Garden
The upstairs lounge.
Wrapped arms and velvet charcoal fabric were added to the sunken lounge’s seating. An original wall at right was removed for openness.
Painted stone and a step-down social area. A classic conversation pit meets 2019.

Before:

The original kitchen, behind a center wall.
LDK for Home & Garden
An extra storage closet at right was replaced with large windows, which complement natural light from skylights above. A ventilation hood is hidden above the island. Hanging at left is a large print of an original Jeremyville depiction of Karl Lagerfeld and Elton John as animals. Like some furnishings and various aspects of the interior design, the artwork looks very familiar.
Skylights and sleek lines.

Before:

The dining nook’s previous condition.
Overlooking a courtyard, the room now features Christian Lacroix wallcoverings and a solid-marble Roche Bobois table.
Jazzy wallcoverings continue in a secondary bathroom.

Before:

The carpeted master bedroom before.
The sleeker, simplified look today.
Updated master bathroom with views.
Juxtaposition of hard surfaces, indoors and out.
Bold wallcoverings in a child-ready room.
A versatile lower lounge level.
Treetop views from the lounge’s fireplace area.
A panorama of windows.
The original balcony with distinctive railings.
For al fresco dining.
The forested backyard functions better for views than play.

More “before” photos of the home and grounds can be found here.

Counting four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms among 3,712 square feet, it last sold in fall 2016 for $652,000, according to property records.

  • 5190 Vernon Springs Trail [Compass]